American Lamb Gyros

    

June 16, 2022

Recipe provided by Joel Gamoran, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (American Lamb Gyros | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

1-2 lbs Boneless leg of lamb, trim excess fat, butterflied, room temperature

3 Garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup Olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp Fresh oregano chopped (or 1.5 tsp dried oregano)

1 1/2 tbsp Fresh rosemary leaves, chopped (1.5 tsp dried rosemary)

2 tsp Ground cumin

2 tsp Crushed red chili flakes

2 tsp Smoked paprika

Kosher salt, to taste

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Mint Whipped Feta

8 oz. Feta cheese

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 Garlic clove, grated or minced

2-3 tbsp Olive oil

1-2 tsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Cayenne pepper (optional)

6 Mint leaves, finely chopped

Pickled red onions

1 small Red onion, thinly sliced

2/3 cup Apple cider or red wine vinegar

1/3 cup Water

1/2 tbsp Kosher salt

1 tbsp Honey

1 tsp Black peppercorns

Serving

4 Pita breads, warmed

Sliced tomatoes

Shredded lettuce

Directions

1Preheat your grill or grill pan on medium heat.

2In a small bowl combine minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, rosemary, cumin, Aleppo pepper, smoked paprika and fresh ground black pepper.

3Season both sides of the butterflied leg with kosher salt and then, using clean hands, rub the seasoned oil onto both sides of the leg.

4Carefully lay the lamb onto the hot grill. Grill until it’s a deep brown, approximately 10 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the leg over onto a slightly cooler part of the grill (you don’t want it on the hottest part of the grill right now otherwise it can burn). Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the leg reads 135F.

5Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for at least 10 minutes.

6To make the Mint Whipped Feta: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a food processor place the feta and Greek yogurt. Beat on medium speed until the mixture begins to get smooth, approximately 3 minutes. Add the garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper and cayenne (if using). Beat again on medium speed until everything is incorporated and the mixture gets smooth and a little fluffy, approximately 4 minutes.

7Taste and adjust the seasoning with more olive oil and/or lemon juice, as needed. Stir in the mint. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

8To make the pickled red onions: In a small sauce pot, bring the vinegar, water, salt, honey (or sugar) and black peppercorns to a boil. Stir occasionally so the honey is evenly dispersed (or the sugar dissolves). Place sliced red onions in a heat proof bowl or jar. Once the liquid is boiling carefully remove from the heat and pour over the onions. If you’re using a jar you may need to use a spoon to completely submerge the onions. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit until they cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

9To serve: Thinly slice the lamb leg against the grain. Spread whipped feta over a warm pita then arrange the lamb on top. Add pickled red onions and garnishes as desired.

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