How to make Greek Chicken, Lamb gyro and Homemade Tzatziki using a Flaming Coals Cyprus Spit

This image shows the chicken and lamb gyros cooked on Cyprus Spit

 

Step 1: Prepare your skinless chicken thigh fillets, flatten them out and remove excess fat.

 

Step 2: Season both sides of your chicken with the Flaming Coals Gyro Rub

 

This image shows trimmed chicken thighs, seasoned with Flaming Coals greek Gyros Rub

 

Step 3: Flatten out your lamb shoulder into pieces around 10mm thick, remove any excess fat and season both sides of your chicken with the Flaming Coals Gyro Rub

 

This image shows a lamb shoulder seasoned with Flaming Coals Greek Gyro Seasoning

 

Step 4: Place your gyro disc onto the skewer and begin assembling the gyro by sliding one chicken, one lamb at a time in a criss-cross pattern. 

 

This image shows the meat assembled in the skewer

This image shows the meat properly assembled on the skewer

 

Step 5: Light your Flaming Coals Lump charcoal (about 1 chimney’s worth) and pour into the charcoal tray.

Step 6: Place the skewer over the coals and begin the spin! You should be able to hold your hand under the meat for about 3-5 seconds before the heat becomes too much. This is how you know your meat is at the correct height for optimum cooking. 

 

This image shows the chicken and lamb shoulder spining on the cyprus spit

 

Step 7: Throughout the cooking process remember to baste the gyro with a mixture of lemon juice, rosemary and olive oil. This will keep the meat moist and full of flavour. 

 

This image shows a man basting the meat with lemon juice

 

Step 8: Dice iceberg lettuce and onion for the souvlaki



Step 9: Prepare the homemade tzatziki 

 

Combine the following in a large mixing bowl:

  • 1 head of crushed garlic (or more to taste) 

 

This image shows garlics

 

  • 1 x continental cucumber (grated and excess juice squeezed out)

 

This image shows a man peeling the cucmber

 

This image shows a man grating the cucmber

This image shows a man squeezing the juice of cucumber

 

  • Dill to taste

 

This image shows a man chopping the dill

 

  • 1.3kg greek yoghurt strained in a cheesecloth overnight

 

This image shows greek yoghurt with cucumber

 

  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of olive oil

 

This image shows the olive oil added to the greek yoghurt mixture.

 

  • Juice from 1 lemon

 

This image shows a lemon juice added in the yoghurt mixture.

 

Mix thoroughly for a silky result. 

 

This image shows a man mixing the yoghurt mixture

 

Step 10: Carve the outer meat from the gyro. 

 

This image shows a man carving the chicken gyros

 

Step 11: Assemble your souvlaki: Place a big dollop of the tzatziki on the bread, grab a large handful of the gyro meat, lettuce and onion. 

 

This image shows a souvlaki

 

Step 12: Wrap and enjoy! 

 

This image shows a souvlaki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by: Michael Wilkie