Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Back to healthy eating
--Beef Steak Gyros
Beef Steak Gyros
The Healthy Beef Cookbook Copyright 2006
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
¼ cup diced cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon minced garlic I used dried - I didn't want the garlic to burn
2 beef shoulder center steaks, cut ¾ inch thick (about 8 ounces each) I used flank steak
Salt and pepper, as desired
4 whole wheat pita breads, cut crosswise in half I used whole grain pitas with flax and honey
4 tomato slices
4 onion slices
1. Combine Yogurt Sauce ingredients in small bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Combine oregano and garlic; press evenly onto beef steaks. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place steaks in skillet; cook 9 to 12 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness, turning twice.
3. Carve steaks into thin slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired. Fill pita pockets with equal amounts of steak, tomatoes, and onions. Drizzle with sauce.
Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 251 cal, 6g fat, 58mg chol, 537mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2.4g fiber, 28g protein
Okay, this was not an authentic gyros recipe but it did utilize the same flavors and I enjoyed it. I wanted to use the Greek yogurt that I picked up recently. I can actually get Greek yogurt locally now - our Wal-Mart is carrying it - Oikos Organic. It wasn't as good as the Fage Greek yogurt I've tasted but the Fage I tasted wasn't fat-free, it was a low-fat variety. I can get Fage at one of the grocery stores in the nearest city but that isn't very convenient.
Of course, I missed having a big fluffy pita but I don't even know if I can get the big fluffy ones locally. These whole grain pita pockets made with flax and honey were very good but it's just not the same. I used to eat gyros when I lived in Philadelphia but I haven't had one (a real one) in many, many years.
Blast From The Past: Greek Beef & Rice from July 2006. Not an authentic Greek recipe, but delicious.
Question of the Day: Have you ever had a gyro? Do you like them?