Whether it be German, Chinese, or “Antarctican” most regional and ethnic cuisines from around the world are altered in America to fit our perceptions and/or palate. Often this results in inauthentic flavors and dishes that resemble the original in name only.
Take for example the Greek Gyro…that pita bread pocket usually stuffed with delicious lamb/beef meat and topped with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and tzatziki sauce. Yet according to my local native Greek purveyor an authentic “Athenian” Gyro is a blissful combination of meat, fries, tomatoes, and feta cheese (tzatziki is optional).
So this week we present you an authentic take on the Athenian Gyro with the inviting combination of Myer lemon splashed chicken, fries, tomatoes, cucumbers, tzatziki, and of course feta cheese wrapped in a warm pita. Just what the doctor ordered for your gluttonous appetite.
- 1lb chicken thighs
- 1/3lb French Fries (baked or fried)
- Tomatoes (diced)
- Cucumbers (diced)
- Feta cheese
- Pita bread (warmed)
- ½ Myer lemon
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Tzatziki sauce
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
*Make roughly three gyros
- Generously season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Cook the chicken on a frying pan over medium heat.
- Remove from heat, roughly chop, and dress with juice of Myer lemon.
- Construct your Gyro with a generous amount of chicken, fries, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, tzatziki, and, if desired, red pepper flakes.
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