This melt-in-your-mouth lamb gyros recipe is a Greek classic – it’s perfect for a weekend lunch or dinner entertaining family and friends.
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Preheat oven to 150°C.
Place the lamb in a roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice and sprinkle with oregano. Season. Add 1 cup (250ml) water to the pan. Cover with a lid or tightly with foil. Roast for 3 hours 30 mins or until the lamb is very tender. Set the lamb aside, covered, for 15 mins to rest. Remove and discard kitchen string. Use two forks to coarsely shred the lamb.
Meanwhile, cook the fries following packet directions.
Heat a chargrill pan over high heat. Cook souvlaki bread or pita for 2 mins on each side or until lightly charred and heated through.
Place the pita on serving plates and spread with half the tzatziki. Top with onion, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, lamb, mint and fetta. Serve with chips, lemon wedges and remaining tzatziki.
You can use any type of wraps, tortillas or Lebanese bread to wrap up all the delicious ingredients.
COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Use it up: Leftover lamb gyros make a perfect next-day portable lunch idea. Pack the meat and bread separately in a chilled container for transport. A small container of tzatziki can be added for extra punch.
Gyros with lamb is a Greek classic. Serve up this melt-in-your-mouth dish next time you are hosting family or friends for lunch or dinner on a weekend – it's definitely a crowd pleaser. The perfect lamb gyros recipe is all about the slow-cooking and a delicate lamb gyros marinade. Our recipe uses a light drizzle of olive oil, oregano (a Greek staple) and lemon juice – a classic combination of subtle flavours that allows the lamb to take centre stage.
The best cut of lamb to use for lamb gyros is a boneless shoulder roast, as it is easy to carve and serve. If you purchase the shoulder with the bone in, it will take longer to cook, and you will need to bone the lamb before serving. A boneless shoulder roast is a tender cut of meat and doesn’t need to be marinated for long to become more tender, especially because the for our lamb gyros recipe is slow-cooked in the oven and sealed with foil to retain the juices. Marinating is more important with other recipes, such as grilled lamb chops, because the cooking method is faster.
A simple and popular Greek dip, tzatziki is made with yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, salt and herbs. Its refreshing creaminess is the perfect accompaniment to the slow-roasted lamb because it offers a contrast to the spices and is cool on the palate. You can serve the gyros with store-bought or homemade tzatziki. Our recipe uses store-bought dip, available at your local supermarket. Or why not try making your own with our homemade tzatziki recipe using a few simple, fresh ingredients. You can store homemade tzatziki in the fridge, covered, for 3-5 days.
Want to make your own flatbreads to serve with your lamb gyros? Try Curtis Stone’s flatbreads, a super-easy, three-step recipe that will work perfectly with this Greek classic. Another favourite Greek lamb recipe is slow-cooker Greek-style lamb, which uses a slow-cooker for a set-and-forget dinner. If you are serving your lamb gyros as part of a banquet, consider adding this Greek lentil salad, which is a vego-friendly light meal or side that complements the flavours of the recipe for lamb gyros perfectly.