Friday, June 5, 2009

Street Cred Lamb Gyros

I love gyros!!!!  I was a little skeptical when these called for ground lamb, since I'm used to the sliced, but these were pretty good.  I got this recipe from an old Everyday with Rachael Ray.  It was a quick and easy weeknight dinner that everyone enjoyed.  

1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayo
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
salt and pepper
1 1/4 lb. ground lamb
1 slice of bread, finely crumbled in food processor
2 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 poblano chiles, chopped
1 large onion, chopped 
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 pitas

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Combine the yogurt, mayo, and 1/4 tsp ginger, season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine lamb, bread, 1 1/2 tsp. cumin and remaining 1/2 tsp. of ginger; season with salt and pepper.  Form into 4   1-inch patties.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Cook the patties until just firm, about 6 minutes per side.  Transfer to a plate.
  3. In the same skillet, add the poblanos, onion, garlic and remaining 1 tsp. cumin; season with salt and pepper.  Cook over medium- low heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Wrap pita in foil and keep warm in oven.
  4. Chop up the lab patties and add to the pan, increasing the heat to medium high.  Cook the vegetables until golden, about 3 minutes.
  5. Top warm pita with yogurt sauce and lamb mixture.

THE VERDICT:  The only thing I might do next time is add some diced cucumber to the yogurt dip.  We also added hummus to our pitas and it was delish.