Middle Eastern Beef Gyro with Tzaziki Sauce

Middle Eastern Beef Gyro

Last Monday we had guests for dinner.  Once a month we get together with several other couples from our church that are about our age and whose children have now left home (i.e. empty nesters).

One of the practices our church encourages is a weekly family home evening.  When our children were growing up, every Monday night was set aside and reserved for our family.  We spent the evening together. Family Home Evening usually consisted of a short lesson (scriptural based, a game, song, prayer and a treat.)   I will admit that some years this was easier than others, especially as the kids got older, but it was always a priority for us and we did our best to make it happen.  Now that the children are all gone we still have family home evening.  It is much more fun to have it with friends than just the two of us so we look forward to our monthly get together with other couples.  We take turns hosting.  The host always prepares the main dish and the rest is potluck.

This month we were the hosts.  I decided to experiment on our guests with our main dish and make something new.  I do that a lot.  If you come to dinner at our house you will probably get something I’ve never cooked before.  It works out most of the time.  This time it worked out and today’s recipe was a big hit.

In fact it was so good I even had it again the next night for dinner and I typically don’t like leftovers!

Middle Eastern Beef Gyro

I’ve been having fun experimenting with a few more ethnic flavors in my cooking lately and today’s recipe has a middle eastern flavor thanks to pumpkin pie spice.  It smelled yummy as it cooked too!

Disclaimer:  This recipe is in no way authentic – it is a mismash of ethnic flavors and foods.  It is not Greek, it is not Indian, but it is GOOD!  

I used flank steak for my meat and mixed it up with some pumpkin pie spice, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and fresh parsley as well as some salt and pepper.   While that was sitting for a few minutes I made the Tazazki Sauce which is a combination of cucumber, tomato, lemon juice and some greek yogurt.  It is so yummy and tastes amazing on top of the meat.

Middle Eastern Beef Gyro

Gyro meat is traditionally cooked on a spit but since I don’t have one of those I cooked it in my cast iron pan! I piled the meat and the tzaziki sauce on top of a piece of naan bread.  I am mixing cultures (Naan is traditionally Indian)  here but it is what I had.  Traditionally a gyro is served on pita bread but I really like the thickness of the naan bread.  I bought it frozen at Trader Joes but you could also make your own using this recipe.  It’s easy to do.

Middle Eastern Beef Gyro

You just wrap it all up in the bread and go for it!  So yummy!!

For other fun ethnic dishes try these:

Crock Pot Butter Chicken –  Slow Cooker Cuban Beef – Thai Basil Chicken

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Middle Eastern Beef Gyro with Tzaziki Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1¼ lb. flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Tzaziki Sauce
  • 1 C plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press (or finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Mix together the sliced steak, onion , pumpkin pie spice, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, parsley, 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper in a bowl.
  2. Set aside and prepare Tzaziki Sauce
Tzaziki Sauce
  1. Mix together yogurt, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice.
  2. Mix in tomatoes and cucumbers
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
Meat Mixture
  1. Heat a cast iron pan to medium heat.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to pan and then add meat and onion mixture in a single layer.
  3. Cook until meat is browned and cooked through. Repeat with remaining meat.
  4. Warm bread and serve meat and tzaziki sauce on top

Enjoy!

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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. auntie M says

    I can’t wait to try this! I know just where to buy the most fantastic (baked to order) fresh pita bread to accompany this recipe. Is it time for dinner yet? :)

  2. Ann says

    So do you marinate the meat in the spices and then cut it against the grain and grill, or do you slice the already grilled meat against the grain and then combine with all the spices? I am confused…

    • says

      I cut the meat up in pieces and then mixed it up with the spices etc. Let it sit while I made the Tzaziki Sauce and then cooked the meat in my cast iron pan.
      Will go in and clarify things in the recipe – sorry! Just realized I left out half the directions!!

  3. Valerie A. H. says

    I loved the little Gyros restaurant in the village we lived in in Europe years ago. Was fun to see them slicing the meat off the spit. This recipes sounds yummy.

  4. Dolores says

    it’s something I could make tonight, I’m still puzzled with the instructions of the meat? have you cooked the meat and added all spices after, or am I to sauté all ingredients with meat first? if raw, is it to marinade, since it says leave to side, and I’m not told where to go from there with the meat. So sorry, would love to make this/thank you for your time

    • says

      You slice the meat while it is raw, add in the spices and onions and then let it sit for the time you are putting the tzaziki sauce together. Then you cook the meat/onion mixture in your hot pan. I just updated the directions so hopefully that will help.

  5. Janette says

    My stake has a monthly FHE for all the empty nesters and “older” singles. Your FHE sounds a lot more fun! I might have to get a group together from the ward. Thanks for the great idea.

  6. kathy e krafft says

    tzatziki sauce does not have tomatoes or onions in it or red wine for that matter, the rest of the recipe sounds right . The ingredients are layered meat, veggies, then tzatziki sauce. It is so much better layered. It is not mixed until it gets in your mouth and chewed.

  7. says

    Leigh Anne,
    First of all, I really like the whole concept of “Family Home Evening”. In the New Testament Jesus Christ had many encounters over meals where he shared great truths from God’s Word. So it’s definitely a great time to build those relationships. But also, I love the recipe for Middle Eastern Beef Gyro with Tzaziki Sauce! This sounds very tasty and pretty easy to put together. Thank you for a great post!

  8. says

    I would like to eat this for dinner VERY soon. It looks delicious! Your blog is adorable…I love the colors! I am looking forward to the SITS challenge this week!

  9. Michelle says

    This was absolutely wonderful and so easy! I don’t care if it was authentic or not – simply delightful. Our local grocery store carries naan and I can’t imagine substituting pita. Thank you so much for this wonderful addition to my meal rotation. I look forward to more of your recipes!

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