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Blogging Marathon# 60: Week 2/ Day 2

Theme: Take-Away dishes from Metropulos, Santa Barbara

Dish: Vegetarian Gyros with Jackfruit

Gyro (pronounced as jiro) literally means ‘turn’ in Greek. But basically it is a dish made of meat cooked in a vertical rotisserie and then served wrapped in a pita with toppings. Gyro is out and out meat centered dish and this vegetarian version is far far away from it’s origins.

All this talk about Gyro is because I’m cooking from a Greek take-out restaurant, Metropulos, in Santa Barbara for this week’s BM and Gyro happens to be one of their specialties. But they make it meat and I made mine with jackfruit.

There are quite a few different versions of vegetarian gyros online, some with roasted veggies, some with seitan, but this jackfruit version looks a little like meat because of it’s texture. Recipe for the jackfruit gyros is from Vegetarian times magazine.

I usually keep a can of green jackfruit in the pantry to make curries. It can easily be found in well stocked Asian/ Indian groceries. The only time consuming part of the dish is making the jackfruit filling and while that is happening, you can prep for the toppings. I made my own flatbreads to serve the gyros and the recipe I found is super simple — I’ll post it very soon.

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Greek Gyros with Jackfruit Yum
Vegetarian gyros -- popular Greek meat centered dish goes vegetarian in this delicious dish. Jackfruit is cooked with spices and then used to fill pita bread for a hearty and yummy sandwich.
Greek Gyros with Jackfruit
Course sandwich
Cuisine greek
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
To make Gyros:
  • 1 20 oz . cans Jackfruit brine Young in , rinsed, drained and pulled apart in shreds
  • 1 Onion Large , thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic , finely minced
  • 2 tsps Oregano Dried
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce Low sodium
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 2 ~ 3 tbsps Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp margarine Vegan or Oil
  • To taste Salt Pepper &
To make Sandwiches:
  • 4 Pita breads Flatbreads/ ( or Store bought)
  • 1 Red Onion Medium , thinly sliced
  • 2 tsps Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Parsley Cilantro or , finely chopped
  • Hummus As needed (Homemade or Store bought)
  • Tzatziki Sauce As needed (Homemade or Store bought)
  • Lettuce As needed , shredded
  • Tomato As needed , diced
  • Cucumber As needed , diced
Course sandwich
Cuisine greek
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
To make Gyros:
  • 1 20 oz . cans Jackfruit brine Young in , rinsed, drained and pulled apart in shreds
  • 1 Onion Large , thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic , finely minced
  • 2 tsps Oregano Dried
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce Low sodium
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 2 ~ 3 tbsps Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp margarine Vegan or Oil
  • To taste Salt Pepper &
To make Sandwiches:
  • 4 Pita breads Flatbreads/ ( or Store bought)
  • 1 Red Onion Medium , thinly sliced
  • 2 tsps Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Parsley Cilantro or , finely chopped
  • Hummus As needed (Homemade or Store bought)
  • Tzatziki Sauce As needed (Homemade or Store bought)
  • Lettuce As needed , shredded
  • Tomato As needed , diced
  • Cucumber As needed , diced
Greek Gyros with Jackfruit
Instructions
  1. Heat margarine or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3~4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  2. Next add the shredded jackfruit and cook for 20 minutes or until browned and caramelized.
  3. Add some water, oregano, soy sauce, coriander, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10~15 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated.
  4. Finally stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
  5. In the meantime, toss sliced red onion with red wine vinegar and set aside to marinate.
  6. To Serve: Warm bread, smear with hummus, pile up with the jackfruit filling and toppings of choice. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 60.

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13 thoughts on “Vegetarian Gyros with Jackfruit”

  1. I am literally drooling over here.Your set up and pics looks too gorgeous and inviting.We love jack fruit and couldn’t find it her.Please tell me where I can buy that can of jack fruit.

  2. Thats an intereting twist with jackfruit, wow simply just cant stop drooling myself here. Such an irresistible gyros..loving it.

  3. I have tried a rajma version of gyros long time back. Made pitas too that time. It was a great meal, your post reminds me to make it once again :-).

  4. I have tried a curried jackfruit dish when I went to sri lankan restaurant once and wasnt a big fan – sweet I like as a fruit though – regardless a unique twist to gyros

  5. I have tried a curried jackfruit dish when I went to sri lankan restaurant once and wasnt a big fan – sweet I like as a fruit though – regardless a unique twist to gyros

  6. I am literally waiting to grab some from the screen. Looks so wonderful and that jackfruit filling so closely resembles a meat filling.

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