It’ll be a difficult task to raise The Saints to true powerhouse status in the city of Stillwater after the rather explosive ending of the previous game, but it’s nothing a little determination can’t fix! Well, that and maybe a quick plastic surgery to get your face back together. Why not a snack? You’ve been starving all day and there’s this great gyro place down the street! Oh, but after that, on to gang domination!
There are several locations throughout Saints Row 2 that serve different types of meals for the player to eat. Food items restore the player’s health and keeps you up and ready to go for your next fight. The gyro, one of these delicious items, is one I’ve dreamed of making. All these years I figured the large vertical rotisserie devices were required in order to make these. This past month I was talking to my sister and she mentioned seeing a few different ways to tackle making a homemade gyro. I got to researching and was pleasantly surprised. After a little bit of testing and some minor adjustments, I found my gyro recipe. This recipe needs to be prepped in the morning (or night before) in order to leave enough time for your meat to sit in the oven.
Required Equipment: 2 bowls, loaf pan, cutting board, knife, baking sheet
Results: 4-5 gyros
Gyro (Recipe adapted from Serious Eats):
1 pound ground lamb
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 tbsp oregano leaves
½ tsp garlic powder
½ onion, sliced
3 pieces turkey bacon
16 oz greek yogurt
1 cucumber, grated
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dill
1 tsp oregano
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
pepper to taste
red onion, sliced
In a large bowl, combine lamb, salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Cover and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
Before cooking the meat, take the time to make the tzatziki sauce. Take the grated cucumber and place it on a plate. Generously salt the cucumber and let it rest for 10 minutes. After resting, squeeze the cucumber and remove the excess liquid, this will keep your sauce from being too liquidy.
Place all the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce in a bowl and mix together. Taste as you mix and feel free to add more of the ingredients until the flavor is to your liking. Refrigerate the sauce until you are going to serve.
Preheat your oven to 325℉. Place the onion and bacon in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the ground lamb and pulse again until it is all combined and smooth. Take a deep loaf pan and cover in aluminum foil. Pour the meat mixture in and pack it in tight. Bake for 45 minutes (or until the meat is 155℉).
After the meat has cooked, remove it from the loaf pan and place it on a cutting board. Cut ¼ inch thick slices from the loaf and place them on a baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet under the broiler and cook for either 2 minutes or until it begins to crisp the edges. Repeat for the other side as well.
To assemble the gyro, place a pita on a plate and a good helping of tzatziki sauce. This is your gyro, so put as much or as little as you want! Next, put 2-3 slices of gyro meat on top.
Finally place the sliced red onion, tomato and feta cheese on top. Serve immediately and enjoy.