I grew up in the Chicago area, so there are three foods that I really miss living anywhere else:
- stuffed pizza
- italian beef sandwiches
Years ago I found a recipe that mimics most of my favorite stuffed pizza place. The tomato sauce is the only part I haven’t yet got quite right. A few weeks ago I started trying to find a solution to the other two. On the italian beef, I found a recipe to start with, but it just wasn’t right. I need to find some other recipes and try again.
The gyros I’ve come close to finding a solution to. I’ve now tried to make them twice. Both times I used all lamb and followed Alton Brown’s recipe. Both times it was good, but far enough off to be exasperating. There was a funny ‘farm-like’ taste.
After the second unsatisfactory attempt tonight, I spent some time on the internet. I found a website for my favorite gyros place, and they list the provider of their meat. I then found that provider’s web site, and all their gyros logs use more beef than lamb! That’s what we’ve been tasting. I think next attempt I will try the recipe as written, except use half beef and half lamb.
I also have a tzaziki sauce recipe that I keep adjusting until it is just right.
Once I get the recipes just right, I’ll post again with them.