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Gyros! Unless you are Greek and then these are some other thing that doesn't count as proper gyros for a number of good reasons... This recipe serves 2 but can be doubled or tripled to serve more.

For condiments, you will need: pita bread, soft flat bread or maybe really thick tortillas (gordita? but I haven't tried it) and crumbled feta cheese.

I did not find cheap pita bread and had to pay something like $3.50 for a package of 3 pitas. Maybe a bread outlet would be better. The feta was normally spendy too but I happened to find it for about $7 per pound. Feta cheese has a lot of flavor, so you only need a little, considering that maybe the cost per serving isn't so bad.

Optional: tomato and romaine lettuce

Simple Tzatziki
1/2 seeded cucumber with the skin on, chopped very finely (slice the other 1/2)
1 clove pressed garlic
1 single serving container of plain yogurt, non-fat is fine

Meat filling
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb chicken cut into pieces smaller than 1" (lamb or beef are fine too)
1 clove chopped garlic
1 tbls fresh rosemary or use 1 tsp dry if you don't have fresh
1 tsp fresh thyme or use 1/2 tsp dry if you don't have fresh
1 tsp fresh mint or use 1/2 tsp dry if you don't have fresh
salt to taste

drizzle oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and dry seasonings, if you are using them and stir for a minute. Add the chicken and cook until it is done and juices run clear (I cut a few pieces and make sure they are done). Add the fresh seasonings and salt just before the chicken is done.

Cut pita bread in half to make a pocket and add some chicken to the bottom, sprinkle feta cheese over that and then top with tzatziki. Diced tomato, sliced cucumber and romain lettuce can be added as well.

The star of the show is the tzatziki, which is so good (and simple) you could eat it all by itself!

Just in case you would prefer, here is a more authentic gyros recipe.

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