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Traditional Gyro Meat


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  • 1/2 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 60mins


Step 1

1. Place the onions in the food processor, and process untl finely chopped. Squeeze out the liquid from the onions, and place in bowl with beef and lamb. Season with garlic, oregano,cumin,marjoram,rosemary,thyme,black pepper & salt. Mix well with your hands, and allow to rest to let the flavors develop.

2. Preheat oven to 325°.

3.Place the meat mixture into the food processor, and pulse for about a minute until finely chopped and the mixture feels tacky. Pack the meat mixture into a 7x4 inch loaf pan, making sure there are no air pockets. Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place the loaf pan on the towel, inside the roasting pan, and place into the preheated oven. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.

4.Bake until the gyro meat is no longer pink in the center, and the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) on a meat thermometer, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Pour off any accumulated fat, and allow to cool slightly before slicing thinly and serving.

You can also substitute ground chicken,turkey or pork for the lamb.

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