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Easy gyro sandwiches with tzatziki


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. This meal contains 597 calories per serving with 24 percent of calories from fat.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: The gyro is made of red meat and red wine, so a nice soft red like malbec would go well with it.

Helpful hints:

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

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

Gyro sandwich

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

To serve: Warm the 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 the meat, tomatoes, lettuce and sauce in separate bowls or on a serving plate so people can help themselves. If you prefer, fill the pita breads with lettuce, meat, tomatoes and sauce and serve them on individual plates. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information 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

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