Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

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  • Cook time icon 1 hour Prep | 10-12 minutes Cooking
  • Servings icon 10-12 Servings
Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed

Gyro

  • 1 lb. beef or lamb steak, shaved or very thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. ground rosemary
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Pita bread, or other flat bread
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

Preparation

1. For the tzatziki, combine all tzatziki ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

2. For the gyro, place meat in a large bowl; add 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, allspice, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir until meat is evenly coated with spices. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

3. Heat remaining one tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add meat and cook until desired doneness.

4. Assemble meat and tomatoes on flatbread or pita, top with tzatziki sauce.

Recipe Story

Though the original recipe draws on 2000-year-old influences, the common American-Greek gyros we eat today became a New York City staple in the early 1970s. It’s no wonder these filling flatbread sandwiches packed with smoky, tender meat, juicy tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and onions, and cool, tangy tzatziki sauce took off among adventurous, on-the-go New Yorkers. Gyros are the ultimate grab-and-go meal – rich in flavor and texture, fast and healthy, and leagues more exciting than a simple PB&J.

The Hero of This Gyro Sandwich Recipe is Duke’s Mayonnaise

The hero of this gyro recipe is its distinctive sauce: a refreshing, herby tzatziki sauce with hints of tart lemon and savory garlic. The sauce not only adds tangy, fresh flavor to the smoked meat and vegetables, it acts as a creamy binder that holds the overstuffed wrap together and ensures that each bite includes a mix of flavors and textures. Duke’s Mayonnaise lends its creamy texture and lemony edge to the Greek yogurt-based tzatziki sauce recipe, imparting extra acidity to complement the smoky meat and liven up the vegetables.

Try Other Sandwiches and Spreads Made with Duke’s

It’s no secret that Duke’s is great on a sandwich – if you like Duke’s Gyros with Tzatziki, we recommend Duke’s Cuban Sandwich, Turkey and the Wolf’s Fried Bologna Sandwich, and our Fried Tomato BLT Sandwich. For cooks who want to experiment with using Duke’s in sauces and spreads, our Parmesan-Black Pepper Sandwich Spread and Thousand Island Dressing are great bets for perking up simple sandwiches.

Variations

Add thinly sliced red onion and chopped lettuce, if desired.

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