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What is a Gyro?
The gyro is a popular Greek street food that has become popular in many parts of the world. Its history can be traced back to the early 20th century, when it was first introduced in Greece by Greek immigrants from Anatolia.
The original Greek gyro was actually inspired by the Turkish doner kebab, which consists of meat cooked on a vertical spit and shaved off in thin slices. When the Greek immigrants arrived in Greece, they adapted the Turkish kebab to suit their own tastes and culture, and the gyro was born.
Traditionally, the gyro is made with lamb, but in modern times, it is often made with a combination of lamb and beef or chicken. The meat is marinated in a mixture of herbs and spices, then stacked onto a vertical spit and cooked slowly, allowing the juices to infuse the meat with flavor.
Once the meat is cooked, it is shaved off in thin slices using a sharp knife, and then served in a pita bread with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and a tangy yogurt sauce called tzatziki. The resulting dish is a delicious and satisfying meal that has become a popular street food in Greece and around the world.
In recent years, the gyro has undergone some modernization, with some chefs experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. However, the traditional gyro remains a beloved staple of Greek cuisine and a testament to the rich history and culture of the Mediterranean.