Wednesday, July 18, 2012

For 2: Turkey Gyros

This was a very exciting week night dinner, especially considering it included ground turkey.  So many times ground turkey is tasteless, boring and well boring, but not this way!

And the picture doesn't even begin to do it justice, note to self next time get the meat in the middle of the frame not the sauce...anyway.  I had gotten some ground turkey on super sale at the market and was bound and determined to do something different with it, not that there is anything wrong with our favorite Mini Turkey Meatloaves, but we have them all the time.  I had driven past a Great Wraps earlier in the day, which really tempted inspired me, so I thought a Gyro was the way to go.  I formed the turkey onto skewers in a flatted oval type shape to make them easier to grill and fit well in the pita, which I highly recommend, but you could just as easily make patties and cook them on the stove top.  For the side dish I made a box of couscous and threw in some cut up olives, half a diced red bell pepper, about 3 chopped green onions, and lemon zest and juice which was delicious.  Along with the pita bread I put some feta cheese, sliced red onion, and "greek sauce" (greek yogurt+greek salad dressing+lemon juice+mint+thyme) on the table for use to each top our Gyro with.  If you like cucumbers you could go the traditional way with tzatziki sauce, but I hate cucumbers, so I made my own sauce.  So have fun with the basic turkey recipe, use your favorite pita and toppings you enjoy but make the turkey, you won't be sorry!
Sincerely Loving Food,
Turkey Gyro Meat
1 lb (appx) Ground Turkey (all white meat if you really want to be skinny)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C finely chopped red onion
1/4 C chopped fresh oregano (Greek oregano is best, but any will do)
1 tblsp chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper
about 5 or 6 wooden skewers (if grilling)

Soak skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning, if using.  Mix all ingredients, using your hands, until just incorporated, don't over mix or your will have tough turkey.  Form turkey around skewer leaving a little wood "handle" exposed on either end.  Try to get the turkey to be a flat oval shape that will fit well in a pita.  Heat your grill to about 450 degrees and oil the grates.  Set skewers on grill, close lid and reduce heat to medium/low so the grill maintains about 350 degrees of heat.  After 5-7 minutes flip skewers, close lid and cook another 5 minutes are so, until turkey is cooked through (at least 160 degrees internal temperature).  Serve skewers with pita bread, feta cheese, red onion, sauce, whatever you like! 

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