Okay, I know that a “real” Gyro is made with meat.
But let’s face it, a Veggie Gyro sounds absolutely delicious! Right!
A gyro doesn’t have to be just for carnivores.
Even vegans can enjoy this tasty and fulfilling meal.
To match the texture of grilled meat, this veggie gyro is tastefully created with spiced Seitan, a fabulous Tzatziki Sauce and topped off with onions and greens.
After tasting this fabulous veggie gyro, you’ll swear that you’re in Greece at some hideaway bistro.
Legend is told that the first gyro “gyrádiko” was Γιώργος (Giorgos). Giorgos or George brought gyros to Thessaloniki in 1900, from the Greek immigrants of Constantinople. E.g. Gyro (food)
Do you want to know the secret? It’s not only in the sauce but it’s in the spices and how you grill the ingredients. In Greece, the ‘meat’ is traditionally roasted on a vertical split until done. The ‘meat’ is then sliced vertically into thin, crisp shavings. An authentic gyro is served in a lightly grilled and..piece of pita, rolled up with greens, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce. And if you’re not familiar with tzatziki sauce, it is made of strained yogurt combined with cucumber, olive oil, garlic,salt with a touch of lemon, mint or Dill .
Don’t be afraid to vary this recipe to your liking. However, I am sure you’ll find this version quite splendid. It is easy to make and a great meal when you’re pushed for time. Try making it for guests; they will be dazzled with your culinary expertise.
- 1 cup vegan yogurt
- 1/2 cup vegan sour cream
- 1 TBLS mint or dill, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (to taste)
- 1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TBLS lemon or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cucumber, grated then squeezed dry with cloth or paper towels
- Himalayan salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 package Vegetarian Seitan Gyro, see below for making your own
- Greens of choice (sprout, spinach, lettuce, etc.)
- 1 tomato, halved
- 1 small onion, sliced
- ½ cup feta cheese, cubed (optional for non-vegans)
- 16 ounces Seitan, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 TBLS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pinch nutmeg, (optional)
- 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and sauté over medium-low heat done. Onions should be translucent
- Add garlic and continue to sauté until both are start to turn golden in color
- Add the Seitan and spices. Increase the heat to medium and continue to sauté until the Seitan is golden and crisp on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside
- Heat a grill pan on medium heat. Grill pita or flatbread for a few minutes on both sides, until warm and grill marks are formed.
- To assemble, layer 2-3 slices of Seitan gyro meat with greens, tomato slices, onions and feta cheese (optional).
- Top with tzatziki sauce then roll
- Serve immediately
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