Authentic Greek Gyro Recipe

February 7, 2018

Homemade Greek Gyro
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One of the first things that everyone asks me when they find out that I am Greek is if I have a recipe for an Authentic Greek Gyro recipe or if I know how to make a homemade Greek gyro. The answer of course it would be “yes”!  My mother has one of the best restaurants in Athens, Greece that serves authentic Greek gyro and even though this is not her recipe as she doesn’t share the secret, the flavor is almost the same.

authentic gyro recipe

Here in the US the gyro is not what we are used to in Greece and that’s why everyone is in the hunt for someone that has an authentic Greek gyro recipe.You see, here in the USA we are stuck with a horrible thing that comes frozen, precut in gyro strips and tastes horrible! Did I mention that it also looks like this?———–>>>>>

I know that all my Greek friends are laughing at this point! This is totally plastic and definitely not what we have in Greece. So Imagine my surprise when 5 months after I left Greece, I went to a Greek festival here in California and when I ordered a gyro sandwich, they gave me this thing…. Total disappointment!

So now you understand why everyone here in the USA is looking for an authentic and homemade Greek Gyro recipe.


The first step to having a great homemade Greek  gyro would be the ingredients. I know that it sounds cliche’ but make sure that your ingredients are fresh, your tomatoes are sweet and juicy, your tzatziki sauce is made with Greek yogurt and not sour cream and that your meat is either pork or chicken. And this is where I would normally hear the first “what??? Pork or chicken??” . Unfortunately, another botched attempt for wannabe Greek gyro stores here is the fact that they make gyro with lamb if they don’t want to use the frozen stuff. Greeks are stuck with the label that eat lamb all the time, so they assume that we put lamb into anything that has meat in it including the gyro sandwich and the pastitsio (greek lasagna), but that is another painful story!

I have nothing against these gyro stores but an authentic Greek Gyro recipe is made with pork and maybe chicken only!

For the pork we usually use pork shoulder or pork butt (as the butchers call it), but you could definitely use pork sirloin chops. I actually prefer to use pork sirloin chops because of portion control. they cook faster and I can usually get the pieces with the pancetta end which give a lot of flavor to the gyro. For the Chicken gyro, you want to use primarily boneless skinless thighs as the breast is too dry, but you could use chicken breast too if you are ok with the texture of it. Did you know that a serving of boneless chicken thighs has only 20 calories more than a serving of boneless skinless breast? Seriously, it is not that much of a difference and the thighs have so much more flavor!

For the authentic tzatziki sauce you can find my recipe here. As you can see, it has greek yogurt instead of sour cream and spearmint instead of dill and that is because it is an authentic Greek recipe and not Americanized.

This homemade Greek gyro recipe is the exact same thing as you would taste in Greece, minus the airline miles!

 

Authentic Greek Gyro recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

Authentic Greek gyro recipe for pork or chicken. In Greece is usually made into a sandwich with pita bread, but it can also be found on a plate as an entree with all its components.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 6 gyro sandwiches
Ingredients
Pork gyro ingredients
  • 5 whole pork sirloin chops deboned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp greek oregano dried
  • 1 tbsp mustard dijon preferably
For the chicken gyro ingredients
  • 6 whole chicken thighs deboned and without the skin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp mustard dijon preferably
  • 1 tbsp greek oregano dried
Recipe Notes
The instructions are easy: 
  • Just mix all the spices with the olive oil and the mustard, and marinate your preferred meat for at least 6 hours. That way the meat will get infused with the all the great flavors. 
  • Grill the marinated meat or you can also cook it in the pan . If you choose to do it in the pan, just sear it first in both sides and then lower the temperature, cover with a lid and let it cook till they reach 165 degrees Fahreneit.
  • After the meat cooks, let it rest for 10 minutes while you get the rest of the ingredients ready, such as heat up the pita breads, cut the tomatoes and the onions.
  • you may find our tzatziki recipe here. Just make sure that you prepare it an hour in advance or so so the flavors have time to settle.
  • Assemble your authentic Greek gyro sandwiches and enjoy.

 

 


Of course for the authentic greek gyro recipe you will need some pita bread to either make a sandwich with or have it on the side. For that you make choose whatever pita bread you like and pretty soon I will give you my homemade pita bread recipe as well.Just avoid the pita pockets because. they break in half every time you try to make this type of sandwich and things can get really messy!

Authentic Greek gyro recipe

You may also find the recipe for my tzatziki sauce here.

This homemade greek gyro recipe will take you straight to Greece minus the airline miles! I mean how can you turn this down?

Feel free to serve it with some French fries and maybe some greek salad on the table, family style, just like the way they do it in Greece.

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Tanya

 

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