Leg of Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Leg of Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce are the perfect way to use up leftover lamb from Easter. Fill a pita with this delicious lamb meat and top with tangy tzatziki sauce.

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So you made a large leg of lamb for Easter, what do you do with all the leftovers? Make Leg of Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce. I’ve been trying to make a gyro for years but without the upright rotating spit, it is really hard. All the flavor of a gyro comes from the layering of meat onto that spit. Then the juices rolling down the sides. I think I’ll have to put one of those spits in my dream kitchen along with a real wood fire pizza oven. I can just imagine how cool it would look. Maybe I should put the dream kitchen outside. Oh yes, an outdoor kitchen complete with a wood fire pizza grill and an upright rotating spit. Now we are cooking!

When we bought our current house, there seemed to be so much space. I mean I counted the cabinets and looked at how we could expand the island and thought it would be perfect. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into consideration all the kitchen supplies we would continue to buy. My dream kitchen would include a walk-in pantry. Oh yes, walk in, where each appliance has it’s own space. Every item can be properly displayed so I can see all 15 different kinds of vinegar I have. I don’t want to move anything. I want to walk-in and see everything.

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I would also put in more electrical outlets and water spout by the stove top for pasta water. I would have a wine refrigerator built in. Oh and I want my refrigerator to look like it is a cabinet. A 6 burner stove is at the very top of my list. I’m lucky enough to have two ovens and love them. However, I wish both were convection ovens though. Also a larger bar area would be marvelous. I would also love a little sink in our large island. While I’m dreaming, how about some marble in the island. You never know when you want to do something with chocolate. Marble is fantastic for working with chocolate. Can you just imagine the chocolate sculptures I would make?

Of course, my dream kitchen would come with the ability to automatically clean itself. All the dishes would automatically load into the dishwasher or wash themselves. Maybe I need a kitchen fairy who washes, dries and puts away all the dishes. We already have an automatic vacuum, it’s called Lucy our dog. She isn’t suppose to be in the kitchen but as soon as we leave she is “vacuuming” the floor. The kitchen fairy can wash the floor though and disinfect the counters and cabinets. That is it, I’m moving a “kitchen fairy” to the very top of my dream kitchen list. A girl can dream can’t she.

By the way, Leg of Lamb Gyros are fantastic. I was blown away by the flavor I was able to get. Even my little one devoured them. Wrapping them in parchment was a huge success with her. She detests when a sandwich falls apart. Try them on your family and tell me what is on your dream kitchen list.

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Leg of Lamb Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cooked gyro spiced leg of lamb thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 in large pita bread cut half
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion

Tzatziki Sauce

  • ¾ cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ medium English cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 1 - 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped dill
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  2. In a spice grinder, grind cornstarch, garlic and next 5 ingredients. Pour onto a shallow plate.
  3. Lightly dredge lamb slices in spice mixture.
  4. Add oil to skillet.
  5. Place lamb into the skillet and place a heavy heat proof plate or cast iron pan on top. Cook for about 2 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together ingredients for tzatziki sauce.
  7. Place lamb into half a pita. Top with tomato, onions and tzatziki sauce.

Recipe Notes

I calculated  7 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Leg of Lamb Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 31g 62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Oh, Christie. This is one of my favorites to get when I'm at the farmer's market at the mall near me! I've never made them at home - YUM! Pinned and stumbled! Thanks for sharing!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Jen. It is a huge favorite of mine too. I'm so glad I figured out the secret to making it at home.
  2. I love this recipe! I once had this on a boat trip whilst in Cyprus on holiday- it was amazing! Your beautiful photos are bringing back some amazing memories!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Jess. I've never been to Cyprus but loved what we saw in Greece. It is wonderful how food can bring back wonderful memories.
  3. Ginny McMeans says
    Great recipe and beautiful photos!
  4. I love gyros so much! I will have to try making them at home!
  5. I love that you made gyros at home. Perfect for spring!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Anna. These are going to be a regular in our house. After Easter when lamb goes on sale, I am stocking up.
  6. This is one of my favorite meals!!
  7. Geez Christie! This made me so hungry!!! It's gorgeous! Lamb is really hard to find here. I have no idea why. But my Greek roots are not happy about it. I love lamb! And tzatziki. And this gorgeous gyro!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Heather. I can't always find lamb either. I can almost always find it around Easter. Going to stock up since it should go on sale this week.
  8. Fantastic. Don't know for sure, but the spice mix might be magic! Very tasty. Thanks!
  9. One of my very favorite things to eat!
  10. Gyros are one of my favorite foods - yours look SO good!

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