This Middle-Eastern sandwich is gaining in popularity around the world. The place we get them from makes them the size of your head!
2 1/2 – 3 lb. leg of lamb, boned and cut in slices
beef slices, alternate
1 Tbls. black pepper
tzatiki sauce (below)
2-3 Tbls. salt
onions, processed until a liquid-3 cups
1 cup olive oil
1 large tomato
16 ounces plain yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
Pinch kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced
Remove any bits of skin and bone from the meat. Cut into serving-size slices, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Pound with a meat tenderizer or the edge of a heavy saucepan until 1/8 cm. thick. Trim.
Prepare a marinade of onion juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and soak meat in the marinade overnight.
Spread over each piece of meat the lamb Thread pieces of meat on a long skewer, starting with the larger pieces. Trim the chunk of meat on the skewer and add trimmings to the end of skewer. The chunk of meat is broiled in the ‘Doner Kebab’ broiler, made specially for the purpose. The electric rotisseries they are selling today work well.
As the meat turns on the spit and is cooked, it is sliced off the sides with a sharp knife.
Place the yogurt in a tea towel, gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Serve as a sauce for gyros. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.