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Gyro Meatloaf in Crockpot

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“Gyros are on of my favorite sandwiches. I realized that like pretty much everything else I love to eat, I should be able to find it on the internet. Imagine my surprise when I found out you could cook it like a meatloaf and not on a spit! True gyros should supposedly be made with lamb and beef, but I've seen everything from turkey and pork added as well. I'm going to try it as a meatloaf in the crockpot and then freeze it pre-sliced with pita bread and then make tzatziki sauce to take wit me to work. FYI: I have not made this recipe yet.”
READY IN:
4hrs 20mins
SERVES:
3
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Mix all meat together with spices (no lemon) and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Blend in a food processor to smooth texture and shape into a spit.
  2. GRILL:
  3. (Optional) Squeeze lemon juice over meat. Form into an oblong loaf around a spit. Slow cook over a grill fro around 30-45 minutes. Cook far from the coals or gas burner, and ratate slowly.
  4. OVEN:
  5. Alternatively, shape as a loaf and bake in the oven. (Optional) Squeeze lemon juice over loaf. Bake meatloaf for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, at 325ºF. It should be a bit dry.
  6. CROCKPOT:
  7. Alternatively, to cook in a crockpot, mix together all ingredients except onion and garlic. After blending and forming, place onions and garlic surrounding shaped spiced meat in a crockpot. (Optionally) Squeeze lemon juice over loaf and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or on HIGH for 2 hours. Remove meat carefully (will be very flimsy from crockpot).
  8. TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  9. Place the yogurt in a tea towel, gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Serve as a sauce for the gyros. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
  10. SERVE:
  11. Gyro meat thinly sliced over pita bread with Tzatziki Sauce and veggies.

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