I feel dirty. I did gyros that are probably more like the traditional Greek version, instead of the Americanized fast-food version I’m used to. Made with fresh lamb tenderloins instead of processed mechanically separated and formed meat product. Cooked to tender perfection and completely delicious.
And all I can think is, “Boy, I’ll bet this would be good if I processed it into that lamb loaf stuff.” If you needed a license to call yourself a foodie, mine would be revoked for admitting that.
No use fighting it. I’m going to have to bust out the meat grinder and do some processing.
Before I get started I’ll just point out that this is the exact same recipe you’d use to make the processed version. I’ll describe how to do that near the end.
Dice the onion very fine. Check out the pico de gallo recipe for some tips on doing the onions.
Strip the rosemary leaves from the stems and chop them very fine.
Peel the garlic and mince it — that means dice very fine.
Slice the tenderloins across the grain in thin slices and add salt and pepper.
Combine the onion, herbs and garlic.
Add the lamb and mix.
Heat a few tablespoons of oil (I’m using olive pomace oil) over high heat.
Add the lamb mixture and stir or toss until the meat is browned
And that’s it.
I promised I’d tell you how to do the processed lamb, didn’t I? Okay, after mixing the meat into the onion and herbs, put it all in a food processor. Keep pulsing it until you have a smooth (but not too smooth) paste. Transfer the paste to a loaf pan and bake at 350° until it reaches an internal temperature of 150°.
Then — now this will sound strange, but go with it — wrap a brick with aluminum foil. Put the brick on top of the meat to press it down and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan, allow to rest for 5 minutes, then slice.
Want more like this? For more recipes like this, that you can hold right in your hands, and write on, take notes, tear pages out if you want (Gosh, you're tough on books, aren't you?) you might be interested in How To Cook Like Your Grandmother, 2nd edition, Illustrated. Or to learn your way around the kitchen, check out Starting From Scratch: The Owner's Manual for Your Kitchen.