Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Turkey Meatball Gyro

When I was in Denver visiting my sister I looked for a few quick and easy recipes that were still kid friendly. I found this recipe and decided it would be a great one to try. The meatballs and the yogurt sauce are easy to make and can be prepped earlier in the day. My 2 year old nephew loved the meatballs and yogurt sauce, while my sister and I made the full gyro with all the toppings and enjoyed those too. This is a very easy recipe and if you have any leftovers, they will still be great the next day.

Recipe adapted from Joyful Healthy Eats

For the meatballs:
1 lb. ground turkey (I used ground turkey thighs)
¼ cup finely diced red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
salt & pepper to season

For cooking:
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the yogurt sauce:
1 7-ounce container plain Greek yogurt
1 grated Persian cucumber
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon dry dill
½ teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste

For the toppings:
½ cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)
1 cup diced tomato
1 cup diced cucumber

4 whole wheat flatbreads (can sub naan)

In a bowl, combine the turkey, onion, garlic, oregano, spinach and salt. Mix the ingredients together by hand. Once the mixture is combined, roll 1.5-inch meatballs (about 12 total). You can set your meatballs on a plate and cover with plastic wrap to prepare these later in the day. Otherwise, preheat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once heated, add the meatballs, cooking until the meat is no longer pinks (I cooked mine uncovered for about 5 minutes, browning each side, then turned the heat to low and covered the skillet for another 7 minutes).

In the meantime, mix the Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, dill, garlic powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside the yogurt sauce.

Once the meatballs are almost cooked, warm up your flatbreads in a pan. Assemble the flatbreads by spreading a dollop of the yogurt sauce on the flatbread, top with 3 meatballs and add the sliced onion and tomatoes and cucumbers. 
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