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Easy gyro sandwiches with tzatziki

By Linda Gassenheimer

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  • Gyro Sandwich

    1/2 pound skirt steak

    1/2 cup red wine

    2 teaspoons lemon juice

    2 teaspoons minced garlic

    1 teaspoons dried oregano

    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    4 whole wheat pita breads

    1/2 cup diced tomatoes

    1 cup shredded lettuce

    For tzatziki sauce:

    1/2 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber

    1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt

    1 teaspoon minced garlic

    1/2 teaspoon dried dill

    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    REMOVE visible fat from meat and cut into strips about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Mix red wine, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, garlic and oregano together in a bowl or self-seal plastic bag. Add meat and let marinate 10 minutes while preparing other ingredients. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove meat from the marinade and saute 1 minute for rare and 3 minutes for medium. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove to a plate.

    MAKE sauce: Mix cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice together. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

    TO SERVE: Warm pita breads in an oven or toaster oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Cut them in half and open the pockets and place on a serving plate. Place meat, tomatoes, lettuce and sauce in separate bowls or on a serving plate so people can help themselves. If you prefer, fill pita breads with lettuce, meat, tomatoes and sauce and serve them on individual plates.

    Per serving: 597 calories (24 percent from fat), 15.9 g fat (4.6 g saturated, 6.6 g monounsaturated), 73 mg cholesterol, 40.0 g protein, 80.1 g carbohydrates, 10.9 g fiber, 688 mg sodium

    Yield: 2 servings.



Gyros are pita bread sandwiches filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes and the yogurt sauce tzatziki. They were traditionally made with compressed meat – ground beef or lamb mixed with spices and packed onto a spit that rotates in front of a fire until the meat is cooked. Today, many gyros are made with strips of marinated beef.

Serve with a washed, ready-to-eat salad with some added olives.

Helpful Hints

• To save preparation time, use fresh diced tomatoes found in the produce section of the market.

• Lemon juice is used in the marinade and tzatziki sauce. Squeeze at one time and divide accordingly.

Countdown

• Marinate meat.

• Prepare remaining ingredients.

• Make tzatziki sauce.

• Cook meat.

• Assemble sandwich.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you'll need.

To buy: 1/2 pound skirt steak, 1 bottle red wine, 1 lemon, 1 bottle dried oregano, 1 bottle dried dill, 1 package whole wheat pita breads, 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, 1 package shredded lettuce and 1 carton plain nonfat yogurt.

Staples: Olive oil, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

Miami Herald

Gassenheimer: dinnerinminutes.com

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