Where I live loose meat sandwiches are know as made rights, this is a Mediterranean take on this favorite. You can use tzatziki sauce (cucumber/yogurt sauce used on Gyros) in place of the feta sauce to give it a more gyro kind of touch.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the lamb, and cook until it begins to crumble. Add the onions, and continue cooking until the lamb has browned and the onions have softened, about 5 minutes more. Drain off any excess fat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir 1/4 cup lemon juice into the water, then pour 1/4 cup of this mixture into the lamb. Cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated, then stir in another 1/4 cup, and cook again until mostly evaporated. Continue adding the liquid 1/4 cup at a time until you have used all of it. This should take about 30 minutes in all. The meat should look moist, but not be sitting in liquid.

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  • While the meat is cooking, make the feta sauce by placing the yogurt, feta cheese, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest into a blender. Puree until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Spoon the lamb mixture onto warmed pita bread. Top with the feta sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts

390.2 calories; 21.2 g protein; 33.1 g carbohydrates; 64.9 mg cholesterol; 684 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2008
It is my recipe so of course I love it. But they changed a few things when they published it. Step one when adding seasonings add lemon zest not juice. Plus you need 6 pieces of pita for 6 servings. Good condiments to serve along side are extra feta crumbles chopped tomatoes sliced black or kalamata olives. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2014
We'd never had lamb before and since we are adventurous eaters who enjoy trying new foods we thought we'd give it a whirl. I went with this recipe because it sounded simple enough and it didn't have any negative ratings. I prepared them exactly as directed and served them with black olives and tomatoes as suggested. I don't know if it is the recipe or just the lamb but we don't plan on eating this or lamb ever again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2008
It is my recipe so of course I love it. But they changed a few things when they published it. Step one when adding seasonings add lemon zest not juice. Plus you need 6 pieces of pita for 6 servings. Good condiments to serve along side are extra feta crumbles chopped tomatoes sliced black or kalamata olives. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2008
It is my recipe so of course I love it. But they changed a few things when they published it. Step one when adding seasonings add lemon zest not juice. Plus you need 6 pieces of pita for 6 servings. Good condiments to serve along side are extra feta crumbles chopped tomatoes sliced black or kalamata olives. Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2009
The meat seasoning is perfect like a gyros. It is important to note something about the sauce though. Grocery-store yogurt when blended turns to liquid which is what I forgot when making this. Far better to blend the feta and seasonings into a small bit of yogurt then gently stir in the additional yogurt. This is wonderful served with sliced fresh onion in it and a cucumber-tomato salad. Last note: This may be six servings but it does not serve six people!! (Unless each person is fine with only about 3 tablespoons of meat!) =) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2008
My husband loved this. We didn't have pitas and are watching carbs so we just ate it without. It was very good. My husband kept talking about this on and off all night. He wanted to finish up the pan of it. We didn't have lamb so just used hamburger. Followed recipe as it was posted. Very good Will make again Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2008
Very good! will certainly make again. I ended up putting the meat in the food processor just so it was a very fine grind and the flavor was excellent. I even messed up and added the water all at once and it was still great. Didn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2009
These were good but not quite what I was hoping for. If I make them again I don't think I will use the olive oil when browning the lamb as I think it made it kind of greasy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2009
I used turkey instead of the lamb and tortilla shells instead of the pita bread. The smell is delightful! The meat mixture goes well with the yogurt-feta cheese sauce to create a wonderful tasting meal! Next time we will try it with the lamb! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2011
Excellent recipe - used grass fed lamb and the recipe ingredients as described but increased the herbs used by 50% (though that may be that a lot of our herbs and spices are several years old thus not as pungent as especially fresh ones). We loved it. A great use of ground lamb. We did not make the dressing but used a commercially marketed tzaziki instead and served on naan with the tzaziki. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2009
Excellent! This was both simple and surprisingly flavorful. I've made it twice now - the first time I followed the recipe exactly as is and it turned out beautifully. The second time I halved 3/4 of a cup of grape tomatoes and added them to the lamb mixture near the end of the cooking time (for about a minute) just before serving with equally great results. Definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
Thank you for such a great recipe... This is my family's favorite meal! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2014
We'd never had lamb before and since we are adventurous eaters who enjoy trying new foods we thought we'd give it a whirl. I went with this recipe because it sounded simple enough and it didn't have any negative ratings. I prepared them exactly as directed and served them with black olives and tomatoes as suggested. I don't know if it is the recipe or just the lamb but we don't plan on eating this or lamb ever again. Read More