Hands down one of my favorite sandwiches is the Gyro. The mixture of beef and lamb meat, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce is a flavor combo like no other. Since, I unfortunately don’t have a tall vertical rotisserie, making them at home would prove to be a challenge! Last week, I shared the recipes for Kofta, and these meatballs taste just like the shaved meat in Gyro sandwiches. I couldn’t help but to turn them into Kofta Pita Sandwiches. This was definitely the best equivalent to a homemade Gyro, I have ever had.
Instead of using tzatziki sauce, I made a goat cheese and olive oil sauce to drizzle over these babies. I really love goat cheese with meat because of the creamy sharp flavor it gives. Also, another twist was that we used whole wheat pita to make it slightly more healthy. If you prefer, you can use white flatbread.
- 4 oz garlic and herb goat cheese, room temperature
- 3 tbsp plain greek yogurt
- juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 whole wheat pita, sliced in half crosswise
- 12 kofta (3 per person), sliced in half lengthwise
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- ½ English cucumber, shaved or cut into slices
- sliced red onion
- chopped romaine
- In a food processor, combine goat cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Puree until smooth. Alternatively this can be done using an immersion blender. Set up an assembly line with the sauce, pita, Kofta, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and romaine.
- Slather the inside of the pita with goat cheese sauce. Take 3 halves of Kofta and place them in the pita, add a few slices of tomato, cucumber, red onion and chopped romaine. Drizzle the top with more goat cheese sauce. Repeat the process with the remaining halves of pita and serve.
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