Do you like Greek food? Have you ever had some Souvlaki or Moussaka that rocked your world? Have you ever eaten Spanikopita with a crispy buttery phyllo crust or a Gyro with fresh tzatziki? I have. And now I crave this stuff. Greek food has earned a rightful parking spot in my subconscious as food I cannot survive long with out. Thankfully, I am lucky enough to live in a city that has a strong Greek heritage and there is no shortage on wonderful Greek restaurants and diners. Ask 10 people around the Buffalo area which is their favorite Greek restaurant and you might get 10 different answers. I have a few that are near and dear to my stomach: Kosta’s, Christo’s, and Pano’s. Each seems to do a certain dish the best that keeps me going back to them for that one thing. It is all inspiration that we use when creating our own “new favorites” at home.
This dish we put together is a Greek classic, and personal favorite, with an American twist. We started by using the freshest ingredients possible: greens and herbs from our garden, butcher cut lamb and beef that we bought and ground that same day (we broke in our new meat grinder on this one), citrus, cool cucumbers and yogurt… keeping true to the Greek flavor profiles that make their food so delicious. Then, we married it up with an American staple. Yes, the ever versatile and almighty hamburger. A slider to be exact. Who doesn’t love a good slider? We are calling this one a Gyro Slider, that’s pronounced Yee-ro not Ji-ro my friend. Make a Greek happy and pronounce it correctly; after all they were nice enough to bring this fantastic food here to America and share it with us. So now you can dig on this hearty lil’ hybrid that I promise you will enjoy, and if you have not yet had yourself a real Gyro, do it sooner than later.
Some cooking tips:
* If you are using a meat grinder, you can add the herbs and garlic right to the meat and grind everything together. Then, it’s just a matter of mixing in the feta cheese and lemon zest.
* Make sure grill pan is hot enough before you put the sliders on it, so that a nice crust develops on the meat.
* You’ll need a sufficient amount of oil or butter to coat you grill pan before cooking the sliders.
* Save some of the dressing to use the next day for a delicious chicken souvlaki salad!
* Make your dad these sliders as a belated father’s day gift while you bond over a couple drinks. He’ll love it, I promise. Well, actually my dad probably wouldn’t eat on this burger (he has strict burger requirements that include more cheese and bacon), but I know he’d support us while we ate them. And he’d definitely help out by bringing along a six-pack of craft beer. That’s what Dads are for! Happy Father’s Day!