Monday, May 5, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Gyros

I love my slow cooker but I'm kind of picky about slow cooker meals. Since you can never go wrong with a boneless beef chuck pot roast prepared in the good 'ol crock pot, I'm always looking for new ways to change it up.

Every now and then, I get a solid craving for Greek food and Gyros are a favorite of mine, so I figured, why not? These aren't lamb, so they're not a spot on flavor match for the classic Gyro, but they still have that great Greek flavor and make for a really good meal. Oh, and did I mention they're easy!

Here's the photo tutorial. The recipe and instructions to follow:

Slow Cooker Beef Gyros
Yields 8 Gyros

2 lbs boneless beef chuck pot roast
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Light sprinkle of Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper.
2 whole peperoncinis (optional)

Middle Eastern Flatbread, I used Trader Joe's brand
Crumbled feta cheese
Tzatziki sauce (store bought or make your own)
Fresh tomato, cubed
Red onion, thinly sliced
Shredded lettuce

Prepare Meat:
Rub both sides of your roast with onion powder and lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over med-high heat in a skillet and brown both sides of your roast. Put your roast in the slow cooker.

Prepare sauce:
In a bowl, combine minced garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Whisk together and pour over roast. I like the flavor of peperoncinis, so I added two whole peperoncinis to the slow cook. If you're not a fan, you can skip this step.

Set your slow cooker on low and cook for 6 hours, or until meat is tender and shreds easily with a fork.

Prepare your Gyros:
On Middle Eastern flatbread, add desired amount of cooked meat, crumbled feta, Tzatziki sauce, cubed tomato, sliced red onion and shredded lettuce. Fold bread together like a taco and dig in!


~The Lemonista

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