YDV presents…Vegan Gyros!

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YDV presents…Vegan Gyros!

By |March 11th, 2009|

I’ve mentioned here a few times that I ordered some vegan goodies to test out for ya’ll.  I know, my job is so hard.  One of my very favorite splurge type meals when I was a carni was gyros.  I could eat forty of them and still want more.  Oh, okay…that was an exaggeration but you know what I mean.  I loved them to pieces.

I haven’t have anything remotely similar to gyros in…….(sigh, am I really that old?) like 13 years or so.  So imagine how excited I was to find a sub for gyro “meat”.  I found it at Pangea and if you’ve never browsed around there you should.  I always find great stuff at pretty good prices and fast as hell shipping.  I always get everything I ordered and it’s so lighting fast.  Plus the one time I called they were so sweet to talk to.  I love them.

But on to the gyro “meat”…this is what I found…

Viana Veggie Gyros

So I ordered them in and made some really awesome-riffic gyros!  I highly, repeatedly recommend that you order some for yourself.  It brought me back to my gyro loving pre-vegan days.

Vegan Gyros are lip-smack-a-licious

The “Tzatkiki” Sauce

  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • 1 cup Tofutti Sour Cream
  • 3 garlic cloves – pressed or minced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork.  It’s okay if you leave it a bit lumpy.  It’s still good.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  You can play with the quantities if you wish.  I was feeding 2 hungry vegans so I didn’t need much but feel free to add more avocados or sour cream as needed.  I put my mixture in the fridge until I am ready to plate the food.

The yum-tastic insides

  • Viana Veggie gyro “meat”
  • 1/2 chopped white onion
  • handfull pitted kalmata olives chopped into pieces
  • olive oil

Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet.  Add chopped onions and cook until translucent.  Add gyro “meat”.   Add chopped kalmata olives to the skillet after the “meat” starts to brown so the olives heat nicely.  Continue cooking until fully browned.  Remove and set aside (covered to keep warm).  Take flatbread or pita and place in the same skillet that the “meat” was in and heat through.  Remove.  Add sprouts, “meat” mixture and top with sauce.  If tomatoes would have been in season, I would have topped these with chopped tomatoes but alas, they are not.  So, I had mine without tomatoes.

Let me tell you that I enjoyed these so so much.  Totally awesome.  If you are in the mood for gyros I HIGHLY recommend the Viana Veggie Gyros.

Viana Veggie Gyros gets a hearty “5 Goatz” for making me want to ship in mass quantities to eat until I can no longer stuff my face.  Yes, they are that good.


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  1. Rural Rabbi March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    There are some great alternatives to buying these type of fake meat products such as utilizing seitan for the gyro meat. It’s less expensive as well and with the right spices makes for a terrific substitute.

    • KD Traegner March 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Seitan would make a fantastic gyro meat substitute, I agree! The texture and chewiness of seitan are reminiscent of animal meat making it an ideal choice! This is an older recipe from my early vegan days, I don’t think I had tried seitan at that time but it could make an awesome gyro. I’ll have to test it out the next time I make seitan. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  2. Sarah Bakula March 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Awesome! Thanks for posting this recipe! I too was a vicious gyro eater back in my carnivore days. Sometimes it’s still the only thing I miss. I was in Milwaukee, WI and had an amazing vegan gyro with seitan that was marinated and it was amazing (couldn’t get their exact recipe since it’s a restaurant)! This looks equally delicious and I’m going to order it to test it out! Thank you!

  3. vegancharlie March 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    yes, i’ve had this variety, and it definitely works well with mediterranean style toppings- you need the toppings.


  4. Roboteer March 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Have to admit, I’ve tried that brand and found it very artificial-tasting myself. It’s not terrible, but not the kind of thing I’d feed to an omnivore or a new vegetarian convert.

    I did not try it with olives, though – perhaps that is the saving flavor.

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