A while back, I had a request to make gyros plant based. There are a few recipes out there, most are made with some form of saitan (made from vital wheat gluten) or chickpea flour. I am here to tell you now, I cannot stand the taste of either. I know it is probably all in my head, but I just cannot stomach the aftertaste of either. So, I knew I was not going to even attempt this recipe unless I could find a solution. This meant that I would have to really spend some time writing this recipe.
I already have the delicious pillows, the bread of this sandwich, my very own pita recipe. You will need that or your very own recipe. Mine can be found here.
You will also need some delicious tzatziki sauce. I will include that at the end of this recipe.
The main part of this recipe is the "meat". It has lots of ingredients and requires some time and effort. I get many people who tell me they will not make a recipe because there are too many steps. I hope that does not keep you from this recipe. Once you make it and store it in the fridge, the rest is easy.
OK, lets go with the recipe for the gyro "meat"
1/2 cup dry, red lentils
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
10 sundried tomatoes (dry)
1/2 cup oats (GF if needed)
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons tapioca starch or corn starch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon cumin
10 medium mushrooms
2 green onions, cleaned
1/2 medium onion
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup aquafaba
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
OK, to start, you need to make all of the dry ingredients into powder. That means taking the lentils, sun dried tomatoes, oats, flax seed and put into a blender and blend until a fine powder. I did each one individually.
I then placed each one into a large bowl (illustration). Then I took a whisk and whisk it all together.
Blend until a smooth paste. It takes a good minute to really blend well.
Now, pour the smooth paste into the dry mix.
With a spoon, combine it all together and mix until smooth.
Now, pour the mix into a 9x9 silicone pan. If you don't have silicone, line a metal 9x9 pan with parchment paper and pour into that. Smooth it out with a spatula.
Let sit for 10 minutes. While it is sitting, heat the oven to 375°.
After 10 minutes, place into the oven and set the timer to 30 minutes.
NOW CLEAN UP YOUR MESS!
After 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool to room temp.
Remove from the pan by turning over. Make sure to run a knife along the edges. I turned mine on to a cutting board. Cut into 4 even pieces.
Place into a zip top bag, and let chill for at least 2 hours, overnight is better.
While that is chilling lets make some tzatziki sauce.
1/2 block extra firm silken tofu
1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded. Place into a paper towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon onion powder
3 teaspoons crushed garlic
1-2 teaspoons dried dill
salt and pepper to taste.
Place all but the cucumber in a blender and blend well. Add to the cucumber and mix well in a bowl. Place in the fridge and chill. You can blend the cucumber into tofu if you want, it will give you a smooth sauce. I like mine chunky.
Now, back to the gyro meat.
After it has chilled (I did mine overnight) take out and cut thinly on the diagonal.
Place the pieces into a dry frying pan and heat up on both sides. I like to add just a little bit of brown to it.
Place one pita down. Schmear it with the tzatziki sauce, add sliced tomatoes, lettuce and any other yummy thing you want. I like avocado. Then, pile on the "meat" you just worked so hard on.
Now, there is only one thing left. EAT THAT SUCKER!!