Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tempeh Gyro with Vegan Tzatziki

A few days ago kitsune_stars commented that she had used my tempeh burger recipe to make gyros. I thought that sounded like a fantastic idea. Of course, I have never had a gyro in my life so I have nothing to compare these to, but in my humble opinion they turned out really well. I did some online research and came up with this recipe. But, what to do about the tzatziki sauce? I did not have any soy yogurt, and I'm not sure that would have made this any better. I was very pleased with the result and managed to wolf down two gyro before dinner was over.

Tempeh Gyro
- 1 8.5 oz block of tempeh
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp marjoram
- 1 tsp ground rosemary
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp mushroom soy sauce
- freshly ground pepper
- 1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
- oil

1. Grate tempeh and onion into a large bowl. Add in spices (including parsley) and soy sauce and mix well with a fork. Add flour and mix with fork, then knead with your hands for a minute or so until it all comes together. Add in a little water, if needed.
2. Heat a small layer of oil in a sauce pan over medium-lo heat. Break off golf ball-sized pieces of the dough mixture. Flatten with the palm of your hand on the countertop to mimic a slice of meat. Fry 2 mins per side.
3. Serve with chopped tomato, sliced red onion, and tzatziki rolled up in a warmed pita

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 pkg silken tofu
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 2-3 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- pinch of cayenne
- 1 cup finely chopped cucumber
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Blend tofu, lemon juice, garlic, oil and spices together in a blender, or with an immersion blender in a container.
2. Place diced cucumber in a towel and squeeze out excess moisture. Add to sauce along with the parsley. Refrigerate until needed.


Eesh said...

This dinner looks divine! I'm definitely going to try it out sometime this week.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I have been dying for a gyros. I have seen quite a few. Bryanna has a recipe too. Yours look really good and I love your recipe for the Tzatziki Sauce. Thanks!

Anke said...

mmmh, yum. my dinner is over already but this makes me hungry again. wow. did the boys like it, too?

pleasantly plump vegan said...

Tzatziki Sauce use to be one of my non-vegan sauces. Now, it may be my favorite vegan sauce thanks to yr recipe

Eesh said...

I just have to add again. I made this dinner tonight. Well ok I veered alot since I didn't have tempeh so I used black beans and I didnt have pita bread so I had rice. But what I did want to say is that the tzatziki turned out SOOO good! I'm so thrilled since I've always loved this sauce but of course it's so not vegan. This is a great alternative especially since I can't find a plain soy yogurt to make it with here either.

Thanks again I always have great success when I make your recipes for dinner! =)

kitsune-stars said...

YUM! Looks fab, especially with the bits of thyme I spy in the pic. I just used plain ol' ground ginger and cumin :P I have to try out the Tzatziki sauce sometime as well (we had plain soy yogurt on ours).

lilminnow said...

Thanks again for the inspiration! Hadn't made gyros in a while, and man they were good.

Laura said...

i am new to this vegan thing and i was craving some tzatziki sauce and came across this recipe. just made it tonight for a meat lover and myself (a former meat LOVER) and it was amazing.

we can't stop talking about it. the sauce was divine and great on salad as well, and the tempeh tasted so much like the lamb in a genuine gyro, but way, way better.

plus, after we calculated calories, at only about 215 per sandwich, way, way healthier.


Vegan Dad said...

OK, but tell me how you really feel about the recipe. :)

miatomic said...

Wow -- I made the tzatziki the other night and it was truly amazing. I used Better Than Sour Cream instead of tofu and substituted chives for dill. It tasted exactly like regular tzatziki! Thanks so much for posting this recipe :)

Anonymous said...

I've never had normal tzatziki but my aunt was raving about it the other night, so when I found this I was super excited. At first, to me, it tasted too much like soy. So I tripled the dill and added a lot more garlic. Still soy. So I put it in the fridge and hoped I'd like it in the morning. The next morning it tasted so amazing! Letting the cucumber juice set in must've been what did it. I ate it with pretzels and pita chips.

Nicole Manha said...

This is a great recipe!!! I made these for dinner tonight and was very impressed. Gyros were something I hadn't even dreamed of since becoming vegan and these were just as greasy and satisfying as the too cruel original. Thank you, Vegan Dad!

Heather said...

Made this gluten free by subbing in mashed chickpeas, ground oats and making a few other changes. It was ridiculously good. Thanks for the base recipe!