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Homemade Gyros

We're taking this serious.. homemade pita, homemade gyro meat on a real gyro spindle roaster, and of course the greatest tzatziki to...

We're taking this serious.. homemade pita, homemade gyro meat on a real gyro spindle roaster, and of course the greatest tzatziki to live. You can do it all and we're going to make that possible for you.

SUPPLIES USED:


Serves: 6-8


INGREDIENTS:

Meat:

  • 3lb pork shoulder

  • 1.5 pounds pork belly

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt (19g)

  • 1 Tbsp sugar (14g)

  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin (8g)

  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika (13g)

  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano(3g)

  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped thyme

  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder (11g)

  • 3 Tbsp white distilled vinegar(45g)


Pita:

  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp (14g) salt

  • 1 Tbsp (14g) sugar

  • 1.5 tsp (6g) instant yeast

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (207ml) water

  • 1 Tbsp (13g) extra virgin olive oil


Tzatziki:

  • 1.5 cups (349g) Greek yogurt

  • 1 English cucumber

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • Salt to taste

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 Tbsp chopped dill

  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped mint

  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley


Accouterment:

  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • Tzatziki

  • Herb mix of dill, mint, parsley


INSTRUCTIONS:

Pita Method:

  1. Start by whisking together 95F warm water with instant yeast, and granulated sugar. Let bloom for 7 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour and fine sea salt.

  3. Before mixing the yeast mixture with the flour mixture, whisk in olive oil with the yeast mixture. Pour into the flour mixture and mix by hand until a dough forms.

  4. Turn dough out onto a work surface and knead using the slap and fold method for 1-3 minutes until smooth but unable to tear.

  5. Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray, roll dough into a tight ball placed into the bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

  6. Place a pizza stone into an oven set it to its max temperature (475F - 500F). This should take just over an hour while the dough rises.

  7. Punch dough down. Add to a lightly floured work surface and cut into six equal pieces (75 g each).

  8. Form the pieces into balls and place in a lightly floured container, cover, and let rest for 30 minutes.

  9. To shape and bake, take a dough ball and lightly flour on a work surface. Roll it out to a 6-inch disc and transfer it to a small piece of parchment. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.

  10. Place pita discs on a pizza peel and carefully slide them onto the heated pizza stone. Bake for 2-3 minutes.

  11. Once puffed and golden, transfer to a towel and cover to keep warm.



Meat Method:

  1. Slice pork shoulder into ½-inch thick slices. Slice the pork belly into 2 even segments and slice into ½-inch slices.

  2. For the spices, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together until combined.

  3. Place meat into a container in single layers seasoning each layer at a time until all the meat has been added. Add the rest of the seasoning and toss together.

  4. Add in the vinegar, and toss to combine.

  5. Alternate placing the meat slices onto the rotisserie rod pork until the meat reaches the top.

  6. Place the secured rod to the rotisserie, turn heat to medium-low, and let cook and rotate for 1-3 hours. Check often to avoid burning.

  7. Once outside is fully cooked, slice and serve.


Tzatziki Method:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients with salt to taste and whisk together until fully incorporated.


Assembly:

  1. Slice tomatoes thinly. Place on a baking sheet and season with salt, and let rest for a few minutes.

  2. Slice the cooked meat from the spindle and place it in a flattened pita.

  3. Top the meat with tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, additional diced cucumber, fresh parsley, mint, and dill then finished with finely sliced red onions.

10 Comments


Steve Knight
Steve Knight
Apr 01

USE THE PITTA RECIPE FROM THE OTHER GYROS. These were overly salty and didn't puff. The others were a pillowy delight.

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kakas red
kakas red
Jan 24, 2023

its kind of off, food mostly popular in arabic countries where eating pork is illegal and here it is in recipie instead of lamb, chicken or beef, and you use inside of pita this type of pita to fill not a top

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Nunu
Nunu
Jan 05
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Gyros are Greek. Hence the use of pork which is the most popular meat to use in Greece for Gyro.

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Jonny Jordan
Jonny Jordan
Feb 19, 2022

14g of salt, then divide into 6 portions so each pita has 2333mg of sodium? Seems not right.

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admiral-wing.0z
Jan 28, 2023
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Not true, 2 tsp salt is approx. 12 grams, close enough.

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Abigail Dawn
Abigail Dawn
Aug 17, 2021

I’m looking at doing this for catering can you tell me how many serves of meat this made for the meat use?

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Ryan Fowler
Ryan Fowler
Apr 26, 2021

I tend to add even more spices to the meat seasoning like cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, and black pepper. Might be strange, but I think it makes the meat taste more like what I get from the restaurants.

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