Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Sometimes plans just have to change. ;-) This weekend didn't go the way I'd planned when I made out my weekly menu. First I spent the whole day Saturday having a garage sale rather than just the morning. Then by the time I made it home, I had a migraine. For me the day after the migraine is almost worse than the actual headache. It's like a hangover on steroids. So I didn't have the patience to stick with my plan. But it turned out okay because this recipe for Gyrolls was quick and easy to make and turned out to be a hit with everyone.

To simplify the recipe even further, I used Pillsbury Pizza Dough that comes in a rectangular shape so I didn't even have to roll it out. I also used ground beef since I couldn't find lamb. I served it with a choice of cucumber-ranch dipping sauce or our favorite Greek tomato sauce, Tomato Sauce and Myzritha Cheese from Lulu at Mama's Taverna. The whole peppercorns add a flavor that I just love. It's great paired with pasta but it was also delicious topping the gyrolls. Adding a Greek Salad with romaine and plently of feta, red onion and Kalamata olives finished the meal.

Recipe from

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground lamb
6 cloves garlic -- crushed
1 large onion -- sliced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2/3 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 dash hot pepper sauce
2/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 pound pizza crust dough
6 ounces feta cheese
1/2 zucchini -- diced
8 ounces chopped black olives
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meat with garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. When meat is almost done, add parsley and cook until the parsley wilts. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool.

Roll pizza dough out into a rectangle (about 18 inches by 12 inches), with the long side laid out left-to-right in front of you. Spread out feta cheese, zucchini and black olives evenly over the dough, leaving 3 inches from the edges of the crust uncovered. Spread the cooled meat mixture over the top, still leaving edges of dough uncovered.

Starting with the edge closest to you, roll up the whole thing until it is all rolled up. You can do this by using the uncovered edge of dough at the end as a 'strip' to stick to the roll and seal it, making sure both ends are pressed down and sealed. Sprinkle with garlic powder and bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Then, reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.


Ben said...

Gyroll, that's brilliant! Hehehe, it looks really good. Yummy!

Lulu Barbarian said...

LOL! Very creative, I like the dipping sauce idea! These look great!

Elle said...

oh, good one! It looks so good! Sorry about your migraine.