Dinner in Minutes

April 22, 2014

Dinner in minutes: Easy gyro sandwiches with tzatziki

Gyros are pita bread sandwiches filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes and the yogurt sauce tzatziki. They were traditionally made with compressed meat: ground beef or lamb mixed with spices and packed onto a spit that rotates in front of a fire until the meat is cooked. Today, many gyros are made with strips of marinated beef.

Gyros are pita bread sandwiches filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes and the yogurt sauce tzatziki. They were traditionally made with compressed meat: ground beef or lamb mixed with spices and packed onto a spit that rotates in front of a fire until the meat is cooked. Today, many gyros are made with strips of marinated beef.

Serve with a washed, ready-to-eat salad with some added olives. This meal contains 597 calories per serving with 24 percent of calories from fat.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: The gyro is made of red meat and red wine, so a nice soft red like malbec would go well with it.

Helpful Hints

• To save preparation time, use fresh diced tomatoes found in the produce section of the market.
• Lemon juice is used in the marinade and tzatziki sauce. Squeeze at one time and divide accordingly.

Countdown

• Marinate meat.
• Prepare remaining ingredients.
• Make tzatziki sauce.
• Cook meat.
• Assemble sandwich.

SHOPPING LIST

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1/2 pound skirt steak, 1 bottle red wine, 1 lemon, 1 bottle dried oregano, 1 bottle dried dill, 1 package whole wheat pita breads, 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, 1 package shredded lettuce and 1 carton plain nonfat yogurt.

Staples: Olive oil, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 20 cookbooks. Visit Linda at DinnerInMinutes.com , contact her at http://Linda@DinnerInMinutes.com or twitter @Lgassenheimer

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