Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gyro Rolls

I have been meaning to make homemade pitas.  Really, they have been on my list for over a year.  As I was contemplating making them this week, I started thinking about making gyros to go into those pitas.  I had some ground lamb in the freezer and all the makings of tzatziki in the fridge.  It was going to be fabulous.

Then every single person in our house got sick.

New plan.  I didn't want to spend time attempting a new bread.  So, I came up with these rolls using my regular bread recipe.  I still put a gyro flavored meat mixture inside.  I still made the tzatziki.  And, yes, pitas are still on my list of things to make.

Gyro Rolls: 
1 Tbsp yeast
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 Tbsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar
2 1/4 cups warm water
5 cups flour
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground lamb
1 Tbsp marjoram
1 Tbsp rosemary
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • To make the bread: Combine the yeast, sugar, oil and salt in the warm water.  After the yeast has bubbled, add the flour and mix well.  Knead (with mixer or by hand), cover and let rise until doubled (about an hour).  Roll out on a floured counter into a rectangle.  Cut  into 16 squares.  
  • To make the filling: Put all the filling ingredients into a food processor and mix together until smooth.
  • Place 2-3 Tbsp of meat mixture in the middle of each square.  Fold the corners up to meet in the middle.  Pinch to seal.
  • Bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees. 
  • Brush with butter when they come out of the oven.


  • 1 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and grated without seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 ounces of plain yogurt drained in a sieve with cheese cloth OR Greek style yogurt
  • 5 leaves fresh mint, minced fine
  • Let the cucumber drain in a sieve for 20 minutes.  Pat dry with a paper towel.  Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend.  For best flavor, make a few hours before serving to let flavors meld.


Principal Brock said...

I never try "new" stuff. Your blog makes me admire your maverick spirit! Have you always been a trailblazer? Sheila

Anonymous said...

What a great idea - these are totally scrumptious!

Marly said...

Wow. Interesting bread. We could put hummus inside instead of the meat. Otherwise, these look great!

Anonymous said...

That turned out really good - glad you were able to think on your feet to plan b!

Hope everyone is better in your home. I used to make tzatziki sauce - until my store started selling it by the deli for $2 a tub!

Happy Friday!

Angie said...

Oh I love it! I'v been meaning to attempt something like this, but never found the time. Great thinking! I bet my family would love these!

Chef Dennis said...

what a great roll recipe. They look perfect...

Allie and Pattie said...

what a great grab-and- go! I'll try these this weekend!
xoxo Pattie

Deborah Dowd said...

These look really good- I am thinking of frozen roll dough for a busy weeknight- What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

these look so good and easy to make. thanks for the recipe

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Who needs pitas anyway?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try these! They would be perfect for bento lunches.

Joanne said...

These look incredibly delicious! And I know it's not traditional but you know what would go great in these...cheese. Or tahini sauce. But, ya know. I really like cheese.

Angel said...

wow these look really yummy I might need to make some and keep them on hand for when I am out and about job hunting!

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