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meatball gyro sandwich


Description

This meatball gyro sandwich is a savory hand-held meal. It’s an ideal mid-week dinner for busy families, and a backyard party favorite. Set out the ingredients in a spread and let everyone assemble their own.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 Greek pita flatbread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing
  • 12 (pre-cooked) Greek lamb meatballs or chicken meatballs
  • 1/2 cup tzatziki sauce or hummus
  • 1 cup arugula, or romaine lettuce (shredded)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced or peeled and diced
  • 1/4 medium-sized red onion, chopped or sliced
  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (or mint, parsley or cilantro)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Arrange one oven rack in the middle of the oven. Place the second oven rack directly below it. Preheat oven to 300°F. 

  1. Brush a baking tray with olive oil. Arrange pre-cooked meatballs on the tray in a single layer. Brush meatballs with olive oil to keep them juicy. Place tray on the first oven rack (set to the middle position). Reheat for 15 minutes or until  warmed through. Cover the tray with foil to prevent the meatballs from drying out.
  2. Remove pita bread from its packaging. Lightly brush both sides of the pita with olive oil. Wrap it in foil. Place it on the oven rack beneath the meatballs. Warm for 10 to 12 minutes. We want the pita bread to be warm, soft and pliable, not crispy or crunchy.
  3. As the meatballs and pita are warming in the oven, slice, cut, and shred the fresh produce.
  4. Smear tzatziki sauce and/or hummus across the surface of the pita. Transfer 3 meatballs to the pita bread, placing them directly on top of the sauce or hummus.
  5. Add desired toppings: arugula or shredded lettuce, diced or sliced cucumber, chopped red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh oregano. Add a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.

 

Notes

BEST SIZE MEATBALLS FOR GYROS: Meatballs with a 1-inch diameter work best for gyros. If the pre-made meatballs have a diameter of 2 inches or larger, it’s a good idea to cut them in half so they’re easier to rewarm and eat.

HOW TO SECURE A GYRO SANDWICH: Close and secure the top with an appetizer pick. To prepare it as an on-the-go meal, tightly wrap the gyro in a combination of parchment paper and aluminum foil.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

Keywords: Meatball Gyro Sandwich, Gyro Sandwich, Homemade Gyros