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Is Gyro Meat Remotely Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2011 at 3:33 AM

I've been wondering about the preparation of the meet that goes into gyros. Obviously, many of the products we get in the US are mass produced and far from the traditional preparation. However, does anyone know what goes into this meat (aside from the obvious lamb, beef, chicken, etc)? Any gluten products, harmful preservatives...? Any information other than what I can find on Wikipedia would be great.

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:34 PM

Pretty easy answer.. it depends on what they put in it!! I make my own gyro and it's paleo

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on October 03, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Is the grocery store lamb from NZ and Australia well enough cared for? And animal babies of all sorts are extremely paleo. Goats and sheep became the first heavily domesticated animals. I'd venture to guess that large species like mammoths died off not so much by throwing big rocks but by eating the little ones.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Agree. It's absurdly hard to find restaurant food that hasn't been cooked in soybean or canola oil.

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:07 AM

The gyro meat slices at the deli counter in one of those 'natural foods' stores here also contain bread crumbs. they should not be allowed to add bread to meat and still call it meat!!

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:31 AM

I'm gluten sensitive, see. There are prolly all sorts of other badguys in there tho, like the ever-present "yeast extract", (aka MSG) as well as preservatives... not to mention the fact that it's factory meat. No thx.

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:20 AM

real lamb and my tzatziki rocks my BBQ. Ate it tonight I dont do the fake synthetic lamb meat on a metal pole trick

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:14 AM

The tzatziki sauce looks rather benign if you make it yourself: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/tzatziki-sauce/detail.aspx

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:27 AM

I don't know what-all they put in that delicious mystery meat, and I'm sure it varies, but after a millionyear hiatus from meat i was pretty excited to get me some gyro when the opportunity came up. As I was eating it I thought it seemed a lot more "mealy" than meaty... and got a little worried. Went home and worked some google-fu and found this: http://www.amazon.com/CorfuFoods-Gyro-Meat-SLICED-5lb/dp/B000LRH7HG

money quote:

Product Description

Gyro Meat Cooked and Sliced. Just Heat and Serve. Made from Beef and Lamb Meat. Contains bread crumbs.

This is just one product, of course... But my experience with the stuff I ate and the way I felt a few hours later is enough to keep me off pre-fab gyros 4evs. blerg.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:31 AM

I'm gluten sensitive, see. There are prolly all sorts of other badguys in there tho, like the ever-present "yeast extract", (aka MSG) as well as preservatives... not to mention the fact that it's factory meat. No thx.

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:07 AM

The gyro meat slices at the deli counter in one of those 'natural foods' stores here also contain bread crumbs. they should not be allowed to add bread to meat and still call it meat!!

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on August 31, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Well, as an extremely general rule, it's safe to assume that almost any food you get from a restaurant (or gyro place, or sandwich shop, or whatever) has vegetable oil in/on it, at the very least. Plus there are often things like sugar or cornstarch/HFCS in commercial seasonings and spice mixes used for meat. I guess it would really depend on where you were buying the gyro.

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on August 31, 2011
at 04:14 AM

The tzatziki sauce looks rather benign if you make it yourself: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/tzatziki-sauce/detail.aspx

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Agree. It's absurdly hard to find restaurant food that hasn't been cooked in soybean or canola oil.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I'm not seeing an issue here

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/gyro-meat-with-tzatziki-sauce-recipe/index.html

Looks fine to me. This is like asking "are hamburgers remotely paleo?"

Well that depends on who makes the burger and with what right?

Yes, a high quality well cared for lamb meat is extremely paleo

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on October 03, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Is the grocery store lamb from NZ and Australia well enough cared for? And animal babies of all sorts are extremely paleo. Goats and sheep became the first heavily domesticated animals. I'd venture to guess that large species like mammoths died off not so much by throwing big rocks but by eating the little ones.

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:30 AM

Avoid any place that doesn't stack their own gyro meat. The places that do their own serve up a gyro loaded with what looks like Philly steak instead of meatloaf. You should be able to ask these places whether anything bready or otherwise non-Paleo goes into the meat, because they should know.

Incidentally, prior to my Paleo days I was a gyro fiend. Earlier this year I set aside a cheat day for a grilling competition, and I made "Gyros on the half shell (Turtle power)" out of turtle meat, chicken stock, and spices, served on grilled flatbread made from slow-rise dough. They were fantastic.

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on October 03, 2012
at 09:59 PM

If by paleo you mean delicious then YES YES YES

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on October 03, 2012
at 09:52 PM

http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/gyros-101

That is one of the best Gyro recipes I've found, and the site's photography is AMAZING (apparently all cooking blogs need to be side projects of professional photographers). Makes me hungry just browsing it all. The Taziki was spot on as well. Pita bread aside, you are all paleo.

1/2 tsp salt (or Lawry’s Seasoned Salt) 1 tbsp paprika powder 1/2 tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 tsp cornstarch (tapioca or arrowroot work as well)

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Toss meat with olive oil, add seasoning, maybe some lemon, wait 30 mins (or longer) and cook. For the spit style meat, grind the seasoned mixture and treat it like a meat loaf.

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