Food Pr0n – Gyros

DSC_1337 (1600x1060)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.DSC_1336 (1600x1060)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.

Pizza Pr0n – Pastrami and Pickles with Swiss

DSC_1283 (1600x1060)The International Grocery, a store in the next town past the closest, carries a good selection of Lebanese style pitas, delivered from an upstate bakery.  This is a loaf of  tannour bread.  It’s thin and about 14″-16″ across.  When I saw it I thought “instant pizza!”.DSC_1287 (1600x1060)The sauce is a whole grain mustard cut with plain yellow mustard with a ton of minced garlic.  There are provolone and Swiss cheese slices atop the mustard and then a layer of pastrami broken into rough pieces, a little more shredded cheese, and then some of my refrigerator dills.DSC_1286 (1600x1060)We give this two thumbs up – especially given how quickly it comes together using that pre-baked crust.  I did take it out of the oven a little sooner than I would have liked but I feared the crust would turn brittle.  The edge crust – we call that part the “pizza bones” – did get hard but the mustard and cheeses kept the rest pliable.DSC_1290 (1600x1060)