I got a bunch of new little cookbooks recently and have been trying out several of the recipes. I don’t really love to cook and so when I can find an easy recipe that mimics a more difficult one…I’m on board. This was one of those recipes.
Every time we go to a fair or festival my Better Half is eager to get a gyro…holy cow, they’re like $7 for one!! Anyway, here’s a yummy recipe that mimics that $7 gyro.
Beefy Greek Pita Folds (Pillsbury Cooking with Ground Beef – April 2000)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, cut in half lengthwise, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives ( I will omit these next time…my kids picked them all out anyway!)
1/2 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber (I used a burpless one and just left the peel on)
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
1 (8 oz) container low-fat plain yogurt (1 cup)
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
4 (6 of 7 inch) soft Greek-style pita breads, warmed ( I used the pockets cut in half)
1. In medium skillet, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in olives.
2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine cucumber, tomato, yogurt, dill and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix well.
3. Spoon 1/4 of beef mixture on half of each pita. Top each with yogurt mixture; fold other half of pita over filling. Serve with remaining yogurt mixture.
Makes 4 sandwiches
To save a few minutes at meal time, I fry my meat (I use turkey instead of beef), as soon as I get home from the grocery.
I drain it, then rinse it to get off all the excess fat and then place it in 1 pound bags.
I store it in the freezer for later use.