I love Greek food. Unfortunatley, Knoxville does not have any Greek restaurants. :( Every Fall there is a Greek Festival at one of the Greek Orthodox Churches that we usually attend, but for some reason we didn't make it this year. We also have Ali-Babba, and while it is wonderful it's more middle eastern than Greek. I've made one of my favorites, spanakopita before, but it didn't turn out that great, I've also made tzatziki sauce/dip before and that really isn't difficult to make and always turns out. But I haven't make gyros before, until last night! I found a new (for me) blog, Seemingly Greek/My Greek Ambition via The Pioneer Woman and tweaked the Seemingly Greek recipe for Lamb gyros to chicken gyros. And they were AWESOME! Seriously, I could have eaten 10 of them, but I stopped at two (they were in 1/2 pita pockets, so really that's like 1 right?).
I marinated the chicken in garlic, evoo, lemon juice and oregano for 6 hours and for the last 2 hours light beer. Then we grilled the chicken until it was cooked through. We topped the chicken gyros with tomato, feta, grilled red onion and green peppers and homemade tzatziki sauce (adapted from my Barefoot Contessa Parties! cook book - Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, evoo, vinegar, garlic, diced and seeded cucumber, dill, salt and pepper, so easy!)
Another topping for the gyros that was in the recipe was homemade french fries! The recipe is super simple so I figured I would make the fries too. Just whip 2 egg whites (for 2 large potatoes) with salt and pepper and coat the cut potatoes in the egg whites. Lay the potatoes in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for at least 40 minutes.
I did add a few of the homemade fries to the gyro and it was an excellent addition, I would highly recommend it!