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Greek Gyro Skillet (Dinner Recipe)

A freshly-made Greek gyro with a side of fries, fresh tomatoes, onions and dressing.

If you like to garden, the middle of the summer time can swamp you with veggies like zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Our recipe for Greek Gyro Skillet Dinner uses these favorite veggies and gives your family a fresh tasting summer time dinner all in one pan.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes.

Servings: 4 to 6 servings

Combining the mild flavor of cooked lamb with the freshness of herbs, zucchini, tomatoes, and a creamy tzatziki sauce, this recipe for Greek Gyro Skillet is a wonderful summer recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Additionally, most of the meal comes together in a single skillet on the stovetop, so there is no heating up of the oven on a hot summer day, and you won’t have mounds of dirty dishes to clean up after dinner.

Zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are summer vegetables that are incredibly easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. However, these are also veggies that produce more than anyone’s family can ever consume. One nice thing about this recipe is that it uses three popular summer vegetables in ways that many people have never considered.

This recipe comes together in two basic parts. The tzatziki sauce needs to be stirred together at least a few hours before you serve the meal. This allows time for the flavors to blend. Tzatziki is an incredibly easy sauce to make. Just measure out the ingredients and then stir them together in a bowl.

This sauce is incredibly fresh and delicious. You can use this as described in this recipe or you can try other things with it. Dip fresh veggies in it, top your sandwiches with it, or drizzle it over a salad, using it as a dressing. No matter how you decide to use this sauce, you will love the creamy, light, and summery flavor of this tzatziki sauce.

In Greek or Lebanese restaurants, gyro meat is often served in pita bread. And, you can do that with this meal if you like. Simply spoon the seasoned meat and rice mixture in pita bread, top it with the toppings, and then you can take your meal with you like a sandwich on the go. Alternately, you can simply use a pita bread in the traditional way, to scoop up the delicious meat and veggies by the mouthful.

Our recipe calls for ground lamb. In some areas of the country, lamb may be more difficult to find or incredibly expensive. It is absolutely not a problem to substitute another type of ground meat in the recipe. Beef will work, but for a milder flavor, ground chicken or pork will work as a suitable substitute as well.

The meat and rice mixture does freeze very well. Cook the meat, seasonings, and rice together, and then allow the mixture to cool. Place the cooled meat and rice mixture in zip-top freezer bags, pressing all of the air out of the baggie. Put the meat in the freezer and freeze it for up to a month. When you’re ready to serve the meal, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat it up in a microwave-safe dish, stirring it frequently to keep it from overcooking. Add the cheese, olives, tzatziki, and fresh tomatoes when you serve it.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

The complete set of ingredients for the Tzatziki Sauce.

Stir all of these ingredients together in a small bowl with a lid. This sauce is best made at least a few hours before you use it.

The completed Tzatziki Sauce mixed in a bowl.

Greek Gyro Skillet Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 cup zucchini or summer squash, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 ½  cups beef broth
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese

The complete set of ingredients to be used for the Greek gyro recipe.

Step 1: In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat.

Add the onion and cook it until it is translucent, stirring often. Add the garlic and saute it until the garlic is lightly golden brown.

Garlic and onion being sauteed on a skillet.

Step 2: Stir the ground lamb into the cooked onion and brown the meat, stirring often.

Chop the meat, stirring frequently until the meat is fully cooked. Drain any accumulated fat out of the skillet.

The ground meat is then added.

Step 3: Add the zucchini and saute for four to five minutes. Add the salt and the Greek seasoning, stirring to combine.

Stir in the beef broth and the rice. Stir it all together, and then cover the skillet with a tightly fitting lid. Set a timer for 15 minutes, turning the heat down to low heat so the rice will cook at a simmer.

The rest of the ingredients are then added into the skillet.

Step 4: After the timer rings, the Greek Gyro Skillet is ready to serve. Place a large spoonful of the rice and lamb mixture into a bowl.

Top it with feta cheese, tomatoes, and a dollop of tzatziki sauce. Serve with a wedge of pita bread.

A freshly-made bowl of Greek gyro with dressing and a side of pita bread.

Step 5: Store leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered for up to three days.

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