Lamb Gyro with Tomato Relish and Chimichurri Sauce



·         1/4 cup olive oil

·         1/4 cup chopped garlic

·         1 lemon, juiced

·         1 teaspoon salt

·         1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


·         1 (5-pound) butterflied boneless leg of lamb, excess fat and sinew trimmed from a 6 1/2-pound bone-in leg of lamb

Tomato Relish:

·         4 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely diced

·         1 shallot, minced

·         1 jalapeno, minced

·         1 tablespoon sugar

·         1 tablespoon white vinegar

·         Dash soy sauce

·         Salt and freshly cracked black pepper


·         1/2 cup olive oil

·         2 shallots, minced

·         1/3 cup chopped parsley leaves

·         2 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves

·         2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano

·         Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

·         6 pocket-less pitas

·         Foil or parchment, for wrapping

Preheat a grill on medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Rub the lamb with the garlic oil on and let marinate for 30 minutes in a large casserole dish at room temperature.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the tomatoes, shallot, jalapeno, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper, to taste.


Add the olive oil, shallots and herbs to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Arrange the lamb on the grill rack. Grill the lamb, covered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat registers 130 degrees F for medium-rare, turning occasionally, about 25 minutes. Remove the lamb to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Thinly slice the lamb.

To assemble, put some of the chimichurri on each pita. Add some lamb and some tomato relish. Top with more chimichurri and wrap in foil or parchment paper to serve.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Pigsa wrote:
The good part about this article is the fact that there are many great rrutaseants in NJ. The part that I can not and will not agree with is the fact that Cuban Pete's is mentioned on that list. Here is what I think about Cuban Pete's and I am not the only one. The food or whatever they call it is not even worth the aggrevation.My review is fair and realistic. I am not a kid and I am very serious about my dining experience. About a week ago, I might have given them 4 stars, because the food is pretty good and the service is ok. A little noisy for my taste, but fine, I am not a old man who can't stand some loud music, but here is the problem. We went out Saturday to celebrate my wife's birthday. I can understand that they don't take reservations and I knew that, but when most of the party was already in and waiting to suprise my wife, they were not allowed to sit unless we were there. Not to mention they were treated rude and unfair. When I arived, I approached the manager who had a extremely nasty tone for no apparent reason and he refused, I repeat refused to give us a table. Basically we were told to leave. For what? There was no problem up to that point and there was no attitude from our side. The only attitude I noticed is from the girl at the front desk and the manager. When I asked him if the owners knew how he manages the place, telling a party of 20 to leave. His reply was I don't care, you have to leave now!!'. I have never been treated like that in my life. That only tells me one thing, the place doesn't care about their customers. You will not want to waste your time hoping that the management might be in the good mood. You do not want to bring your friends and family only to embarass yourself and hope that someone, like a manager will do you a favor. This is not some kid that causes problems. We are all professional adults with the families, kids, good careers and it was uncalled for. Now, while we started telling this unfortunate experience to some people, we realize that it is not an isolated incident and strongly advice for people not to go Cuban Pete's. Do not punish yourself and your party. Find a place that cares about you and your money. You will not be sorry you read this. It will ensure you avoid the same rudeness that we had to encounter.

Fri, April 27, 2012 @ 4:23 PM

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