Grilled Beef Gyros
Today I am posting about beef (specifically, grilled beef gyros). After all, it’s what’s for dinner.
For you meat lovers out there, check out Lynn Curry’s new cookbook, Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut. It is organized by cut, with techniques and recipes for each one. Brilliant! I just got my hands on a friend’s copy, and it is an excellent resource.
Back to beef! This grilled beef gyro recipe is perfect for summertime. Pita bread stuffed with flavorful beef and thinly sliced vegetables, then drizzled with cucumber sauce. Yum. Both the marinade and the sauce ingredients are whirred together in a blender or food processor. Simple!
The meat marinates and the sauce chill in the refrigerator while you kick back on the deck with a cold drink. Or get distracted by all the weeds in your flower beds.
The only extra step I took was making the pita bread from scratch. I used the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day recipe and followed the mixing and rising directions as written. Instead of shaping it into loaves, I just stretched and rolled baseball-sized dough balls into flat 6-8″ rounds and baked them at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Some pitas puffed; some didn’t (just call those ones flatbread). All were delicious.
My actual hands-on time was pretty minimal, with a timeline that went something like this:
3pm: stir together bread dough, slice meat, mix marinade & make sauce (put both in refrigerator)
5pm: start forming and baking pita bread, slice vegetables & cook meat while bread bakes
5:30-6pm: dinner is served!
This is a great recipe for summer grilling season, even if the forecast isn’t so hot. I actually don’t even make this on our outdoor grill. I use my inexpensive IKEA stovetop grill pan. A wok or other pan would work fine, too.
Two keys for a nice brown sear are to drain the marinade and spread the meat out so it actually hits the hot pan instead of just simmering in the sauce. I grill the meat for this recipe in 3-4 batches.
The end result is a low-key, delicious, (mostly) make-ahead summertime meal. Perfect for your next weekend meal!
Grilled Beef Gyros with Cucumber Sauce (Tzatziki)
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
Yield: 6-8 servings
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
2 garlic cloves
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. ground mustard
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 c. water
3 pounds beef sirloin
Cucumber Sauce (recipe below)
pita bread, warmed and halved
thinly sliced onion, cucumber, and/or tomato
- In a blender or food processor, combine the onion, garlic, sugar, mustard, ginger, and cayenne pepper; cover and process until onion is finely chopped.
- Add soy sauce and water; process until blended.
- Place the beef in a large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
- Drain and discard marinade. Grill beef, over medium-high heat until meat reaches desired doneness.
- Place beef in pita halves. Top with cucumber sauce and sliced vegetables.
Cucumber Sauce (Tzatziki)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2 garlic cloves
1/4 t. salt
2-3 T. cider vinegar
3 T. olive oil
1 c. sour cream or plain yogurt
- In a blender of food processor, combine the cucumber, garlic and salt; cover and process until cucumber is chopped.
- Add vinegar and oil; process until blended.
- Transfer to a large bowl; stir in sour cream. Refrigerate until serving.
Both the marinade and cucumber sauce use a blender or food processor and if you don’t have one, this Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor comes really highly-rated (4.5 stars out of over 7,000 reviews!) and is less than $40. Great addition to your kitchen and can be used for so many things!
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Miz Helen says
I will just love your Gyro and your sauce looks awesome!
These look great! Pinning now to try later!
One of my favorite treats, especially in summer. The brown sugar and soy sauce is a new idea on me… sounds like Middle Eastern with an Asian twist. I would normally use ground meat creating a mixture of lamb and beef with loads of spices. Perhaps.. I’ll have to give your recipe a test drive. 😉
By the way… I’m wondering just how nice a little mint in the dressing, poured generously over a luscious gyro sandwich would be. Especially in the scorching summer. I’ll have to toss in some for an extra delight on my next concoction. But, I must try this recipe of yours first. 😉
Hi Mae, I love this tzatziki dressing with jicama, it is delicious and low in calories.