This is like, my ultimate guilty, tastes-I-miss-pre-vegan, thing I’ve made ever. I use to get gyros with my dad at the mall and just can’t live in a world where I can’t eat another one again. So this was my masterpiece:
I didn’t have the time or the patience to make my own, so I took a package of West Soy seitan strips, and lightly coated it with grapeseed oil, lemon juice, and this bangin’ spice mix that has a boatload of flavor (and ingredients).
1/2 tsp salt (I use Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning grinder, I hiiiighly recommend trying it out, it’s my go to spice for, well, everyday cooking)
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper (even though I use that TJ’s spice, I still add in the salt and pepper too)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
Combine everything in a dish, then sprinkle over seitan and mix to cover evenly. (This makes like two tablespoons worth of spices, use as little or as much as you want, I used a lot obv.)
I let it sit “marinating” with that and the lemon juice and oil while I prepped everything else.
The sauce was my first ever attempt at a vegan tzatziki sauce, and it could be better. I used some cashew cream I had on hand, which is super easy to make, and I blended it with a whole cucumber, some lemon juice, salt and pepper and garlic powder.
Thick tomato, crisp red onion, and tender oak leaf lettuce served in a warmed pita filled with spicy, spyro-gyro and cashew cucumber tzatziki is probably the best food I’ve ever tasted that came from my loins. It would have made my Lebanese Grandma Duke proud.