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Lamb Gyros with Spicy Tzatziki

Inactive Time: 2 hours
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 12 gyros

Ingredients

For the Lamb

  • 3 pound boneless leg of lamb
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Mediterranean seasoning Italian seasoning may be substituted
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Spicy Tzatziki

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce of choice
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the Lamb Gyros

  • 12 slice of pita bread
  • 1 cup spicy tzatziki from above
  • 1 cucumber sliced thin
  • 3 Roma tomatoes sliced
  • 2 large red bell peppers sliced thin
  • 1 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 2 avocados peeled, pitted and sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 pounds cubed or sliced lamb from above
  • chopped fresh parsley or dill for garnish

Instructions

For the Lamb

  • Remove the lamb from it's packaging and set aside. In a large bowl (that has a fitted lid), whisk together the oil, lemon juice, rosemary, Mediterranean seasoning, garlic, salt and black pepper. Place the lamb in the large bowl and toss to coat with the mixture, rubbing it in where necessary. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  • Once the lamb has marinated, remove from refrigerator. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil and then place an oven-safe rack on top. Place the lamb directly on the rack, then place in the oven and cook until a probe meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F for medium rare, about 1 hour (I cook my lamb to 135 degrees F for rare, but you may cook your lamb to the temperature of your liking). Remove the lamb from the oven and let rest for at least 15 minutes. Once the lamb has rested, cut into cubes or strips and set aside.

For the Spicy Tzatziki

  • To a high-powered blender of food processor, add the Greek yogurt, mayo, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, hot sauce, chipotle chili powder, salt and black pepper. Puree on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerator until you are ready to use.

For the Lamb Gyros

  • To assemble your lamb gyros, spread a thin layer of spicy tzatziki on a slice of pita bread and then layer on cucumber, tomato, pepper, onion, avocado, feta cheese, and lamb. Garnish with fresh parsley or dill and enjoy immediately.