Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

A gyro is a Greek sandwich made of thin slices of roasted meat, served on pita bread with a cucumber-yogurt sauce. In this recipe, lean ground beef is seasoned with oregano and marjoram, pressed into a loaf pan, baked and thinly sliced to fill the pita.

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  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • ½ of a 6-ounce carton plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup shredded, seeded cucumber
  • 1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Beef Gyros
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup dry whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram, crushed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 low-carb pita bread rounds
  • 3 medium roma tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese (2 ounces)


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  1. Prepare Tzatziki Sauce: In a small bowl stir together Greek yogurt, cucumber, red wine vinegar, dill, minced garlic and salt. Cover and chill up to 4 hours until ready to serve.
  2. Prepare Beef Gyros: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.
  3. In a food processor combine the 1 cup onion and the water; cover and process until smooth. Press pureed onion through a fine-mesh sieve to remove excess liquid; discard liquid. Return onion to food processor. Add the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, marjoram, garlic, salt and pepper). Cover and process until mixture forms a paste.
  4. Lightly press meat mixture into prepared loaf pan. Place loaf pan in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour enough boiling water into baking pan to reach halfway up sides of loaf pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until done (160°F) (see Tip). Drain off fat. Cool 10 minutes. Remove; cut into slices about ¼-inch thick.
  5. Fill pita bread with meat, tomato, cucumber and red onion slices; top with cheese. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce.
  • Tip: The meat may appear a bit pink after baking. So be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to measure the doneness.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 206 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 7 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 21 mcg folate; 64 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 490 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 116 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 610 mg sodium; 398 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2½ lean protein, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, ½ fat

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