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Ground Beef Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki and Tomatoes

On my quest to find recipes from products sold on the Market, here is one that can be eaten most of the year from Yummly and Kalyn’s Kitchen. This recipe calls for Tzatziki which can be bought or homemade. A recipe for homemade sauce can be found here – http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2007/07/worlds-best-tzatziki-sauce-recipe-greek.html
The recipe also calls for head lettuce. We have several kinds of bibb lettuces that I think will work too.

Source: Yummly and Kalyn's Kitchen (http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Ground-beef-gyro-meatball-lettuce-wraps-with-tzatziki-and-tomatoes-309224) (Entered by John Erdmann)
Serves: Makes 6-7 lettuce wraps


Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef      View Available Products
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 TBSP Greek seasoning
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
olive oil, for brushing grill pan
1 large head lettuce      View Available Products
3/4 cup Tzatziki sauce
3/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes      View Available Products

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop the onion; then put it in the food processor and pulse until onion is finely chopped. Add the Greek seasoning, cumin, and garlic powder and pulse a few more times until the seasonings are well blended with the onion. (You can also do this by hand, but it's easier in the food processor.)
  2. Put the ground beef into a bowl, add the onion-spice mixture, and use your clean hands to mix the spices into the meat. Then use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon to scoop out the meat and form into meatballs.
  3. Brush a stove-top grill pan or frying pan with olive oil, then heat the pan over medium high heat and cook the meatballs, turning often, until they are well browned and completely cooked through (about 10-12 minutes.)
  4. Cut out the core of the lettuce and cut the lettuce head into two halves, then break the leaves apart, making each lettuce cup out of two leaves. Put three meatballs into each lettuce cup, top with Tzatziki sauce, and sprinkle over chopped tomatoes.
  5. The Gyro meatballs were great after they had been in the fridge overnight. I wouldn't recommend microwaving them; I just heated them in a mini-frying pan on the stove.
  6. Greek Seasoning Note: The Spice House Greektown Billygoat Seasoning contains "coarse flake salt, granulated garlic powder, Tellicherry black pepper, onion powder, Greek fancy oregano and powdered lemon peel." I particularly love this blend, but I think most brands of Greek seasoning have similar ingredients.

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