I love buying ground turkey because of how inexpensive and versatile it is. Also, I try to substitute turkey or chicken for red meat as much as I can. I wanted to try something new and out of the ordinary this week, so I made turkey gyro meat. I used all of the spices and seasonings that you can find in traditional gyro meat but just used ground turkey instead!
A great trick to see if you are seasoning something (like raw meat) properly is to cook a very small amount of it and taste test it. Obviously, you can't try the raw turkey meat and you want to know if the spice level is where you want it, so this trick comes in handy.
I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy it as much as I did!
For the Gyro Meat (serves 4)
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic
Easy Tzatziki Sauce
1 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tbsp cucumber, peeled, small dice
For the gyro assembly
slices of cooked turkey gyro meat
sliced roma tomato
sliced red onion
In a food processor, pulse all ingredients together for the turkey gyro meat. Yes, we are adding it to a food processor. Normally for something like meatballs, meatloaf, etc. you don't want to over mix the meat so you wouldn't add it to a machine, but gyro meat is very dense and compact so you can get nice slices out of it!
Place the meat mixture into a loaf pan and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and immediately remove the meat onto a cutting board. Let cool for 15-20 minutes, then slice in 1/4 inch thick slices.
Make the tzatziki sauce by just combining all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.
Assemble the gyros using the meat, tzatziki, hummus, fresh vegetables, onion, and enjoy!