Category Archives: Gyro

District Spice Hummus

Recommended blends: Chesapeake, Chili Dust, Creole, Currying Favor, Gyro, Ranch, SouthWest, Sriracha, Taco/Taco Heat, Tuscan/Tuscan Heat, Za’atar

1 tbsp District Spice blend (see above for recommended blends, use 1/2 tbsp for Sriracha), plus 1 tsp for garnish (1/2 tsp for Sriracha)
2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tsp salt

  1. Drain chickpea cans, saving the reserve for use later.
  2. Combine District Spice blend of choice, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a blender or food processor, and puree.  While mixing, incrementally add chickpea reserve chickpea until you reach your desired creamy consistency.  Throw away unused liquid.
  3. Transfer to bowl, and lightly sprinkle 1 tsp District Spice blend over top for garnish. Serve, or chill for later use.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 tbsp District Spice blend (Gyro, Tuscan, or Tuscan Heat)
31 oz (2 cans) Chickpeas
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Strain chickpeas, add to mixing bowl.
  2. Add red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, District Spice blend, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.  Toss thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to taste and toss.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

 

Gyro

Serves 8-12

3 tbsp District Spice Gyro blend
1 lb 85/15 ground beef
1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp kosher salt

Place ground meats in the freezer for 30 minutes before starting. This ensures the fats will remain suspended within the loaf while mixing which helps keep the meat from drying out during cooking.

Pre-heat oven to 300 on Bake. Combine all ingredients until well-blended. Place a sheet of tin foil on a rack in a baking pan.

Form the meat into a mound and place on tin foil, and place in oven. This will allow the fat that cooks off to drip and move away from the meat.

Bake for two and a half hours.

Slice/shave thin pieces off the mound and serve with pita, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki.

Greek-Style Eggplant

Serves 4-6

1 tbsp District Spice Gyro blend
1 medium-sized eggplant
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt, preferably ground coarse
1 cup marinara sauce, or other preferred dip (optional)

Fire up the grill.

Slice eggplant into round pieces, approx. 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt, and let sit for 5-10 minutes (this helps draw out excess moisture).

Baste eggplant slices with olive oil, then sprinkle District Spice Gyro blend.

Grill eggplant slices for approx. 5 minutes each side.  Serve alone, or with marinara for dipping.