Alligator Greek Gyros Recipe
If you've never had an alligator gryo before, you are missing out! The meat in this recipe is flavorful, the tzatziki yogurt sauce is cool and tangy, and the veggies are refreshing
I love gyros, which are basically the Greek version of the sandwich. Traditionally, the thinly sliced gyro meat is a mixture of lamb and spices, or if you want a lighter meat, chicken is also popular. For this gyros recipe, I decided to use alligator meat and it turned out great!
The yogurt and lemon marinade helped tenderize the alligator meat, and so did pounding the meat with a mallet before cooking. Don’t be intimidated by all the ingredients. Most of it can be prepped ahead of time, and once the meat is cooked, it’s a cinch to put these gyros together.
Ideally, you want to grill the meat over a hot fire – pierce them onto skewers for easy turning. But it was snowing while I made this recipe, so I opted to pan sear the meat instead, which worked out just fine.
Prep time: 8 hours
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1 pound alligator meat, cut into large strips
- Freshly cracked pepper
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Shredded lettuce
- Sliced tomato
- Sliced English/Persian cucumber
- Crumbled Feta cheese, optional
- 4 pita breads
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- ⅔ cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Juice of half a lemon
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon of dried basil
- ¼ cup of finely chopped English/Persian cucumber
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 heaping teaspoon of minced dill
- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Juice of a quarter lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all the marinade ingredients and pour into a zip-top bag. Add alligator meat, massage the bag and refrigerate for 8 hours/overnight.
- Combine all tzatziki sauce ingredients in a bowl, cover and keep cold until you’re ready to use it.
- Rinse off marinade on alligator meat and pat dry with paper towels. Place meat between two sheets of plastic wrap and flatten with a mallet to tenderize.
- Season tenderized alligator meat with salt and pepper on both sides and brown in oil until golden, about 3-4 minutes each side.
- While the alligator cooks, heat the pita breads in the microwave with a damp paper towel on top for about 10-20 seconds until warmed and pliable.
- Assemble pita breads with shredded lettuce, browned alligator meat, sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, Feta cheese and a dollop of tzatziki sauce on top. Fold the pita bread to make a taco-like shape and wrap with foil. Serve immediately. Restaurants often serve French fries on the side.