Monday, January 27, 2014

Gyro Sliders


The Superbowl is upon us and that makes me crave game-day snacks. Now I love spicy buffalo wings, pizza and nacho cheese dip. But this year, I wanted to try something different. Gyros. 

Well, my take on gyros. Gyro sliders. These little bite-sized snacks are quick and easy to make for your game-day crowd. 


No gyro is complete without tzatziki. It is a tangy combination of cool cucumber, spicy garlic and fresh dill - all brought together with zesty lemon.


My favorite gyro toppings are tomatoes, feta and thinly sliced red onion. 


The result is a juicy lamb slider with all of a gyro's flavors in a quick, easy bite. Perfect for any game!





Gyro Sliders
(Recipe makes eight sliders)

Sliders:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (I like to use a micro plane)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 pita bread, cut into quarters

Tzatziki:
  • 1 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • 1 english cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Mix together lamb, garlic and spices in a medium size bowl. Form eight small slider patties and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice and spices.
  3. Sprinkle grated cucumber with salt and squeeze out any liquid. Add to the yogurt mixture and set aside.
  4. Heat a large saute pan (medium-high heat) and add oil. Cook patties in batches of four, three minutes each side until dark brown. 
  5. Place cooked patties on a sheet pan with a wire rack, to drain any excess fat.
  6. You can serve the sliders in a few different ways. I first cut the pita bread into quarters, stuffing each quarter with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes and thinly sliced red onions. Another fun option is to use a ring mold to cut circles in each pita to make "pita" buns. Enjoy!
Want more? Watch Wendy See Wendy Do's first video: Gyro Sliders in 60 Seconds.


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