My friend had a birthday and requested Greek food. I was so excited because this was the perfect time to set up a Gyros Bar. Something I’d been wanting to try for a while, complete with more types of hummus than you would know what to do with. Gyros literally translates to “turn” so all you need to have a gyros is meat that has been slow roasted on a spit. A spit being a long sturdy rod on which the meat is skewered. In English, when a word ends in “s” it generally means that word is plural. Gyros is actually not plural, but we often remove the “s” to make it more understandable in English. So you can call this sandwich a Gyro if you’re more comfortable with that. Although, I have ordered a “gyro” before and been corrected as ordering “1 gyros”. Thus concludes your grammar lesson for the day.
Gyros usually means a sandwich when ordering it in a restaurant, not just the meat. A typical gyros is lamb or beef (often half and half, which is the way I like it), lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce and feta wrapped in a warmed pita. To make a gyros bar you’ll need all the basic ingredients, plus some more items to make a more impressive spread.
How to Set Up a Gyros Bar
Warmed Pita Bread, I like to leave some whole and cut some in quarters to provide options
Beef and Lamb, slow roasted on a spit and shaved into small pieces
Red Onions, peeled and thinly sliced
Cucumbers, thinly sliced or cubed
Tomatoes, sliced or cubed
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Lemon Wedges (I like to squeeze lemon juice on my gyros)
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Spicy Black Bean Hummus
Avocado Cilantro Hummus
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
Kalamata Olives, pitted and chopped
Baklava, for dessert, of course
Arrange your ingredients in separate bowls and platters and allow guests to create their own signature gyros wrap.
(Google Translate tells me this says “enjoy” in Greek!)