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Jen’s Gyros

The trick to these, like so many have discovered. Is getting the texture and spices into those delectable slices of Gyro meat. After much research, trial and error this is what I have perfected.

As this takes a good bit of time and work, I highly recommend making the meat ahead of time in enough quality to freeze several packages for future use.

When done well it tastes just like they make at our favorite Greek restaurant.Toufayan Bakery, Whole Wheat Tandoori Indian Flatbread, All Natural, Non-GMO (Whole Wheat, 3 Pack)  by Toufayan Bakeries  Toufayan Bakery, Whole Wheat Tandoori Indian Flatbread, All Natural, Non-GMO (Whole Wheat, 3 Pack)

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Ingredients

1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
1/2 medium cucumber chopped or shredded
Halved Grape or Roma tomatoes chopped
4 or 5 strips if Jen’s Gyro meat or chicken strips
Crumbled feta cheese
Flat Naan bread if you can’t find it, large flour tortillas work well
2 Tbsps Tazziki Sauce

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To Assemble

Using on piece of Naan flatbread or tortilla fill with Gyros Meat or Chicken strips
Add red onion slices, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Taziki Sauce. 
Roll into tube enclosing one edge.  Use aluminum foil to hold closed edge if desired. 
Enjoy!

This will quickly become a family favorite.  You can add black olives or even shredded lettuce if desired.

CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco De May’s deeply rooted history in the Franco-Mexican War influenced Mexican-Mexican American communities in the early years of the American Civil War. In the early 1860s, as the Civil War erupted, these communities took up the banner of the Cinco De Mayo celebration as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy. Today, in the United States, Americans celebrate Mexican-American heritage and pride annually on May 5th.

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My husband’s birthday happens to be this day too. So we combine the Cinco De Mayo theme as we celebrate his birthday. Jen’s Loaded Nachos, Jen’s Tres Leche cake, Family Taco Night,
and maybe some Mojito Sherbert Punch, give this party a fiesta feel. So check out these recipes for your party.

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta and Birthday Party
With many more to come.

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “fifth of May.”

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo

On June 7, 2005, the United States Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution. The resolution invited the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found more than 150 official events celebrating the day.

Celebrations surrounding the observance in the United States take on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music, and regional dancing. School districts also hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. In the U.S., commercial interests the day by celebrating Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food, and music.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CincodeMayo

Celebrate Mexican heritage, culture, and history. Explore foods like Quesadillas with avocado, Margarita Sangrias, and traditions, music, and cinema. La Fiesta at your house.
Immerse yourself in the language and discover new connections. Uncover long lost history and share your treasures. Share your Mexican heritage and use #CincodeMayo to post on social media.

CINCO DE MAYO HISTORY

In 1861, the Battle of Puebla pitched 6,000 French troops against a small, under-supplied Mexican force of 2,000 men. Not expecting to win the campaign, the Mexican army overcame the French in under a day. While the battle didn’t win the war, the victory held great symbolism for Mexico during the Franco-Mexican War and buoyed the army throughout the conflict. Each year, Mexico commemorates the day with celebrations across the country, though it is not a federal holiday.

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Jen’s Loaded Nachos

I These started out as a great alternative to traditional recipes of tacos, enchiladas, Doritos casserole. They make a great meal, snack, or game day favorite too.I wash mine in the dishwasher and reuse at parties, on special occasions and if it breaks it was disposable to begin with.

Ingredients

2 lbs minced beef or chuck
1 medium yellow onion diced
1/2 medium bell pepper chopped
2 Roma tomatoes diced
Sour cream (we like Daisy in squeezeable application)
Chucky salsa (we like taco bell mild)
1 – 16oz fiesta blend shredded cheese
Guacamole if desired
1 lg bag Tostitos Scoops (you can use any kind of totilla chip you prefer these just make handy cups)
2 pkg McCormick Taco seaoningChopped jalapeno, black olives, melted cheese sauce, are optional.
You can make to many variations to list, including chicken, steak, salsa verde, lime, and anything else you can dream up.  I make mine like our family taco night.Farberware 22001 Buena Cocina Deep Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet with Lid and Helper Handle - 12 Inch, Black  by Farberware  Farberware 22001 Buena Cocina Deep Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet with Lid and Helper Handle – 12 Inch, Black.    by Farberware

Directions

  • In medium pan, brown ground meat.
  • Drain excess fat
  • Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning stirring well to coat meat.
  • Continue over medium heat until water has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Chop or dice vegetables as needed. I found a few great shortcuts if there is no one around to help.  You can get shredded iceberg lettuce like the restaurants use in the produce section at your local Walmart. If I don’t have the time the also have pico de gallo instead of dicing onions and tomatoes yourself. They add cilantro and typically Serano peppers. 
  • Spread chips or cups on big tray. 
  • Evenly sprinkle with cooked, seasoned meat, vegetables, cheese and toppings as desired. 
  • Feeding a diverse crew?  Set everything up and let them add their choices as they like them.  This concept also works well for parties and game days too.


Try with a virgin or real margarita and maybe Tres Leche cake for dessert.
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