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Slow-cooked gyros with light tzatziki

May 23, 2012

 

I love Greek food, especially gyros. There's something so yummy about the perfectly spiced meat combined with cool, refreshing tzatziki sauce. I had never made these at home before, but with the slow cooker, they are easy and delicious! I used beef, but you could use lamb or chicken, or any meat you like.

Slow-cooked gyros

3 large steaks, about 2 1/2 pounds (I used boneless arm steak)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
4 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Slice your steak into thin strips, or have your butcher slice it for you. I threw my steaks in the freezer for a few hours and sliced them with my trusty chef's knife. This makes cutting meat so much easier!

Line your slow cooker with foil or a liner. Arrange beef strips on the bottom. Mix the other ingredients together and pour over the beef. Toss gently.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 7 hours, until the meat is thoroughly cooked and tender. Serve on pita bread with lettuce, cucumber slices, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

Light tzatziki sauce

8 oz. fat-free plain Greek yogurt (or use regular plain yogurt, strained to remove liquid)
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh or dried dill, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh or dried chives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate a few hours before serving.

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