I promised myself I was going to eat more veggies this weekend. I don’t know about you, but when the temperatures drop nothing sounds better than a heaping bowl of steaming hot pasta, so I have to make a conscious effort to fit greens on my plate. But when Susan and Mike of the food blog Simply Sundays contacted me about contributing to The Local Feast, and I spotted their gyro recipe, I had to give myself one more meat + carby meal. (Plus the gyros have spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers, so we sneak some veggies in there too!).
On Super Bowl Sunday, as the pre-game teasers talked about Peyton Manning, my gyro loaf – a combination of ground turkey, chicken, spinach, garlic and spices – warmed in the oven. While the loaf cooled, I chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, warmed up flat bread and texted my nervous Broncos-fan friends. Just after kick-off, we assembled our gyros, slathered on the tzatziki and dug in. For those beginning moments, the entire party, Broncos and Panthers fans alike, were enjoying in unison.
Like the title of their blog suggests, Simply Sundays is a collection of family-style recipes, from street food to classic comfort food, perfect for Sundays meals. When I asked about the inspiration for the gyro recipe, Susan and Mike talked about their love of street fairs and festivals. Susan explained that when there is a gyro food truck in sight, “my husband and son are drawn like magnets.”
“Many of our recipes are inspired by places we go, dishes that we try and food we can recreate in our own kitchen.” Their recipes are also “based on nostalgic dishes that our families made in the past. We both come from families who love to cook and are trying to keep up the tradition of sharing home cooked meals.”
The gyro recipe was easy to follow and a definite winner at my Super Bowl party. Thanks to Susan and Mike for this delicious addition to The Local Feast.
- 3 pounds ground turkey (*I used a combination of chicken and turkey)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup of plain bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons Gyro seasoning
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1-10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained well)
- 1 cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons each of kosher salt and ground black pepper
- flat breads, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and tzatziki sauce for serving
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large bowl, use your hands to combine meat, bread crumbs, eggs and gyro seasoning
- Add garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, and mix until combined evenly
- In a baking dish, form meat into a loaf shape
- Bake for 1 hour or until you can slice into the middle and meat is fully cooked (no longer pink)
- Allow loaf to cool slightly, then slice and serve on warmed flat breads with all of the fixings
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