Simple & Easy Cooking: Greek Pesto Gyros

I had a few people ask for the recipe to the pesto I made a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd share the recipe with everyone, PLUS the full recipe on how to make a mouthwatering brother-approved Greek inspired gyro!

The first time I ever had a gyro was when Mr. ArtSea Chic took me to one of his favorite Greek restaurants in Houston for lunch one day. I didn't really know what to expect since it was my first time ever having Greek food ...but o my goodness it was so good!! Stuffed with all sorts of flavors, spices, meat, cheese, and sauce.. MMMMmmm MMmm. Everything was stuffed into one piece of bread, and you could definitely only eat one even though you feel like you could just eat two or more because they're so darn good!haha

I wanted to be able to make gyros whenever I wanted to, and not have to rely on going to eat at a restaurant. So I looked through dozens of recipes, and found a recipe that called for freshly made pesto as the blend of herbs and spices for the gyro. It just so happened that a neighbor was looking to give away some of his basil plants, so I got a whole bunch for free!! Our backyard garden had Italian oregano and mint already growing, so I went outside to clip a few branches off.

To make the pesto grab a food processor and put in:

  • 1 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup Italian oregano
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • Juice of 1 organic lemon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Mediterranean olive oil

Blend it all up till you have the consistency you want and then you're done. It's that easy!

To continue making your gyro ingredients, next up is cooking your chicken. I used a bag of chicken tenders and sauteed them in coconut oil, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, drops of lemon juice, dried rosemary and oregano, then threw in a few sliced tomatoes. Cook the chicken till the outside turns a hint of brown and it's fully cooked.

Once the chicken is done and still warm, grab some bread, preferably vegan (egg and dairy free) naan bread and place a couple pieces along with the cooked tomatoes on top followed by:

  • Chopped cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • As much pesto as you want!

Now doesn't that just look amazing? Who's hungry? :)

Do you have your own gyro recipe? I'd love to know how you make your yummy gyros, leave a comment below!

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