Gyros is a Greek dish made out of roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit wrapped in a flat bread together with vegetables, spices and different types of sauces. This dish is Greeks own version of fast food as it can be seen almost anywhere in Greece like hamburgers in America, having said that sometimes it is also offered with French fries on the side.
The name gyro came from a Greek word that means “turn”, which is the cooking method used on the vertical spit grilling of meats. It is said that this dish like the Middle Eastern shawarma and Mexican tacos al pastor was derived from the Turkish doner kebab which was first created in Bursa during the 19th century. Gyros then in Greece believed to have been brought over by “Giorgos” in Thessaloniki in 1900.
- 1 kg roasting beef (pick the ones with lots of marbling)
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 4 stalks parsley, chopped
- 3 large onions, 2 quartered and 1 sliced
- olive oil
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp paprika
- ½ tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp dried parsley,
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Combine all spice mix ingredients together in a bowl then pour it over the roasting beef. Let it marinate for at least 6 hours.
- Preheat oven at 190C, rest the beef rump in room temperature for an hour before cooking.
- Place beef on an oven rack with the fatty side up then place quartered onions on the top of the roast.
- Roast for 30 minutes at 190C then lower the heat to 100C and cook for 3 hours.
- Carve the roast into flakes. Then set aside.
- Now to prepare each flat bread by heating it up in a non-stick pan.
- Spread tzatziki and 2 aioli in the middle part of the flat bread according to your liking.
- Add carved meat, chopped lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions and chopped parsley.
- Roll the wraps, then serve.