September 1st is the perfect day to enjoy a Greek Gyro – it’s National Gyro Day! Stuff a couple pitas with your favorite fillings and share one with a friend.
A gyro is a Greek sandwich that begins with a stack of meat on a vertical spit. The meat is cut off as it is cooked.
This method of cooking was first developed in Bursa in the 19th century Ottoman Empire, and called doner kebab.
The doner kebab came to Athens after World War II.
The Greeks cooked mostly pork this way and served it with tzatziki sauce wrapped in a pita, which later became known as a gyro.
By 1970, gryro sandwiches were sold in Greek restaurants in Chicago and New York City, and vertical rotisseries were mass-produced by Gyros Inc. in Chicago.
A Greek restaurant is seen in the Syntagma Square in NYC in the 1976 movie Taxi Driver.
How to celebrate National Gyros Day.
Eat a gyro.
Of course, you have to eat a gryo on National Gyro Day!
Get the crew together and head to your favorite Greek restaurant. Check online – many of them celebrate National Gyro Day.
Make gyros at home – we have 2 recipes, one with pork, another with chicken. Which celebrity recipe do you want to try?
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay shares a chicken gyros recipe from his cookbook Bobby Flay at Home.
Want more ideas? See our Pinterest Board for National Gyro Day.
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