2 c Plain yogurt
1 Garlic clove
-- peeled and minced
1 ts Chopped fresh oregano or
1 ts Chopped fresh marjoram
1 tb Fresh lemon juice
1 ts Olive oil
Salt and pepper; to taste
*Use meat cut from the leg or shoulder.
The morning before a barbecue, make marinade by combining
oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, herbs and pepper in a medium bowl.
Remove about 1/4 cup to mix with the onions. Place lamb cubes in
bowl with remaining marinade; toss to coat well.
Place onions in small bowl and toss with reserved marinade. Cover
with plastic wrap and chill, up to several hours, turning several
Meanwhile, make yogurt sauce by lining a medium bowl with cheesecloth
and spooning in the yogurt. Tie up edges of cheesecloth with string
to form a pouch. Suspend over bowl (tying from refrigerator rack
above bowl), or place in a colander over bowl and let stand to drain
several hours. Moisture will drip from the yogurt, giving it a
thicker consistency. Mix drained yogurt with minced garlic, chopped
herbs, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Cover and chill. Makes
about 1 cup.
Stack pita bread rounds into 2 piles and wrap each in foil, dull side
To barbecue, heat coals or gas barbecue. Remove meat from marinade,
reserving some marinade for basting. (Discard any large garlic
pieces.) Thread lamb onto greased skewers and grill over greased
grill about 4" from hot coals. Cook, turning and basting often,
about 10 minutes or until lamb is brown on the outside, still pink
inside. Warm pita rounds over barbecue.
Before serving, lift the onions from the marinade with a slotted
spoon and place in a serving bowl. Cut whole tomatoes into thin
wedges and place on plate. Place lettuce leaves on plate. Set out
yogurt sauce and lots of napkins to facilitate handling of gyros.
To serve, cut each warmed pita bread in half and separate to form 2
pockets. Each person will fill a warmed pita picket with some of the
grilled lamb cubes, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, topping with a spoonful of sauce.