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.