Friday, January 14, 2011

Food Fact Friday: You're my Gyro!

January is National Meat Month.  One of my favorite forms of meat consumption is a Gyro!  When I was in the Greek Isles I ate them every chance I had.  Even thinking about it is making me drool on my keyboard. 

The Gyro (pronounced Yee-roh) comes from the words "turning roast" in Greek. They are traditionally a type of meat that is cooked and carved from a vertical rotisserie. In Greece, the sandwich that we call a Gyro is called a "Pita Gyro". It is typically made of pork or chicken, and served with tomato, onion, fried potatoes and tzatziki and wrapped with a lightly fried pita. It is unknown when the Gyro was first created, but the oldest surviving cookbook in Greece, dating from the 10th century, does refer to it. Turkish and Arab countries also have their own variation.

A traditional Greek Gyro, make with Chicken & Pork.  This was from a little place called Jimmy's in Mykonos.  It was friggin amazing!

Gyros in the United States were first introduced in Chicago area in 1968, and have since spread all over the country. In the U.S. gyros are usually made from sliced lamb, or a combination of lamb and beef. Chicken is a common alternative in many restaurants serving gyros. The most common fillings are generally tomato and onion. The sauce is usually tzatziki, a sauce made with cucumber, yogurt, dill and other spices.

Roast that meat baby!

Sounds to Weird to be True: In Canada, instead of tzatziki sauce, they often make a Gyro sauce from sweetened condensed milk and garlic.


purplebirdblog said...

Mmmmm, Greek food makes me a happy camper!

Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle said...

oh i'm so hungry now.

Bill and Debra said...

I was just thinking the same things..this is all making me I had a lean bar from GNC..haha.

lexilives said...

just had a gyro yesterday for lunch! apparently i have been celebrating as well and didn't even know it.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I don't eat meat, but I was thinking about making tzatziki sauce! It's so good. I just bought pita bread, so I'll have to find a decent substitute for the meat :)

Jennifer said...

This is one of my favorite foods EVER! <3 so delicious! I usually get chicken and have never tried lamb but i'm sure its amazing! =)

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun said...

I love gyros. Actually, I love any kind of Greek food. ;]

cyclicalunemployment said...

I used to love those in like 4th grade. now I'm a veggie but the greek sauces are delicious!

Kelsey said...

i have yet to have an authentic gyro, one where they shave the meat right in front of you, nice and fresh. i didnt realize there was a month of meat, but since it is im glad i bought some more bison and stewing beef. mmmmmm <3