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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Ingredients

Tzatziki Sauce

Beef Gyros

Directions

  • 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.

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  • Prepare Beef Gyros: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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 degrees F) (see Tip). Drain off fat. Cool 10 minutes. Remove; cut into slices about 1/4-inch thick.

  • Fill pita bread with meat, tomato, cucumber and red onion slices; top with cheese. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce.

Tips

Tip: The meat may appear a bit pink after baking. So be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to measure the doneness.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 64 mg cholesterol; 610 mg sodium. 398 mg potassium; 18.7 g carbohydrates; 6.9 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 23.7 g protein; 490 IU vitamin a iu; 9 mg vitamin c; 21 mcg folate; 116 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 27 mg magnesium;

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