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Experimental gyro substitute

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Last night I was craving gyros.... but instead of spending the 15 points on the real thing, I decided to try something at home. I was pretty darn impressed with the results, for just randomly throwing them together....


1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp Worchester sauce

1 Tbsp dried parsley

1 tsp coriander seed, crushed

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

salt and black pepper, to taste.


Mix ingredients together well, and form 6 into small, rectangular patties (I was trying to approximate the shape of gyro meat). Cook in a nonstick pan on the stovetop until desired doneness.


Split up meat between 3 small whole wheat pitas. Add thin-sliced cucumber and tomatoes, shreadded lettuce and sliced onions.


4 points/pita.


I also served it with some store-bought tzatziki thinned out with nonfat plain yogurt. WW says that tzatziki is 1 point for 1/2 cup, but this stuff was more like 2 points.





HW: 236

SW: 196 (8/8/06)

CW: 155.5 (WW: 40.5/ Total: 80.5) :D

Next goal: 5.5 to go!

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This is a recipe I have used:

6-8 Pita pockets

Yogurt sauce:

1/3 cup finely chopped, seeded cucumber

2 T finely chopped sweet onion

8 oz. nofat plain yogurt

1/2 packet Equal or Sweet'n Low

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/2 t. dried mint

Lamb mixture:

1/2 lb. ground lean lamb

1/2 lb. ground lean turkey

1 garlic clove, finely minced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper


shredded lettuce

slice tomatoes

sliced sweet onions

Combine yogurt sauce ingredients and refrigerate

Mix meats, garlic, oregano, onion powder, salt and pepper well.

Press into 1/4" patties (I used old Tupperware hamburger press)

Place into freezer to firm.

Grill on outside grill, toaster oven or under broiler until done.

Slice each patty horizontally.

Place shredded lettuce, tomato and onion slices and in pita pocket which has been cut in half and kept warm.

Place lamb patty in and top with yogurt dressing to taste.

I have bought a box of frozen gyro meat that looks just like steak-ums and is what we gind around here.

I love my nonfat tzatziki and use it as a sandwich spread in place of mayo




there s a dance in the old dame yet toujours gai toujours gai


SW: 206

CW: 162.5

40# 2/5

HW: 146


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