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:

Seitan looks eerily like gyro meat to begin with, so this seems pretty spot on to my brain when it comes to recreating flavors and tricking your taste buds into thinking you’re eating something else.

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.

Please enjoy.


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