These came out well but they really needed more gravy. I used this recipe and will use it again, adding another can of tomato bits or sauce to the casserole dish before it goes into the oven. These three took a good hour at 350 to give me an internal temp of 160, they were on the large side for green peppers.Like I said, they really, really needed more gravy. I may have cooked the veggies down a little too far. I added about half of them into the meat/rice mixture and used the rest to top off the peppers. Maybe I should have left it soupier and added that to the bottom of the dish. Next time, I fix.
I was tempted to use the entire 16 inch tannour loaf as a single gyro but better sense prevailed. (Note: That photo is of a typical tannour oven of a design thousands of years old, my loaf was made by more modern methods.) This one uses 1/4 of the loaf. Note the cunningly deployed mint stem used as a toothpick. LOL I think about buying some foil/paper wraps that street vendors use to hold one together. Every time I make these things and try to get a photo I am reminded that I have yet to do so.The slices of lamb/beef meatloaf are about the best that you can do at home, a serious gyro vendor will have a vertical rotisserie going. There are recipes all over the web for the meatloaf: I’ve used Alton Brown’s recipe to good effect. His uses all lamb, I’ve gone half and half with ground beef and added a few more spices – cinnamon and allspice. I add dill to his tzatziki sauce but mint works.
Like I said before, a family favorite. This one uses those ridged elbow macaroni we found at the local Amish store, the only place we’ve seen it aside from pictures online. We made a mornay sauce of Swiss cheese and added a goodly dollop of sour cream. The ground beef was browned with celery and onion. We added a generous slug of buttermilk to the white sauce before mixing in the cheese, and stirred in a cup of the pasta water, too. I think it baked for a half hour at 350, covered, and then was topped with some shredded “pizza style” cheese and baked for another 10-15 minutes to toast that off. That cheese was a mix of mozzarella and provolone plus others I can’t recall at the moment.
We had gyros yesterday using store bought pita loaves and they just weren’t that good. I’m guessing the turnover on flat breads isn’t very high and they were a tad stale. I’ve made pitas before but it’s been a while so I looked up a recipe. The NY Times recipe came up first and it looked to be easy. We didn’t have any whole wheat flour, fresh milled or otherwise, so these are made with plain AP flour. The only thing you need to watch for is getting them too brown. The recipe warns: “The pita should be pale, with only a few brown speckles.” The brown parts are very dry and fragile and crack apart rather than fold. I have a pizza stone in my oven, big enough to do two of these at a time without crowding. A couple of them puffed up like little pillows but most of them just blistered here and there.The loaf is from Alton Brown’s recipe, as is the tzatziki sauce. I make a few alterations in his recipe, adding 1/3 part hamburger and several slices of bacon to the loaf recipe and this time I added fresh chopped dill to the yogurt sauce. I haven’t used lettuce before but I thought it needed a little more green and we had no mint for a garnish.
I may be in trouble for calling this lasagna because no pasta is involved, it uses corn tortillas between layers of refried beans, salsa, beef, and cheese. Cook a pound of ground beef down with minced peppers and onions and season with taco spices and add a can of tomato bits with green chilies. Add chicken stock to a couple of cans of rinsed pinto beans and mash them down over medium heat. The beans play much the same role as ricotta in an Italian lasagna, spread the refried beans over warmed corn tacos, spoon on your favorite salsa, then spread the beef atop that, and then cheese. I used cheddar but Monterey jack would work, or a combination. Repeat the layering until you run out of room in your casserole. Any kind of luck your makings will run out the same time as the room in the dish.
Nothing beats sloppy joes for easy eating. Mrs J said to pick the peppers from the patio containers because she was cleaning up and wanted to get rid of the way past their prime plantings. I roasted and chopped a few of the Anaheims and a couple of poblanos and added them to onions and a can of tomato bits and added all that to browned ground beef. It looked enough like the chili we have been eating all week that I stayed away from chili seasonings and went with Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce and catsup. The cheese is about the last of the shredded cheddar and jack, I started with a big bag and used it all week long.