Turkey Gyros

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Submitted by Cornelia Zell, www.pamperedchef.biz/visitcornelia

½ small onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 lb lean ground turkey
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Combine and mix vigorously until well blended. (This helps bind the proteins in the turkey, making it easier to slice after cooking.)  12 tsp olive oil.  Preheat oven 500F.  Add oil to stainless skillet. Heat over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. As oil heats, form turkey mixture into two loaves. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place skillet in oven and bake 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F and loaves are no longer pink in center.  (For non-stick skillet, preheat oven to 350F. Proceed as recipe directs, omitting oil and baking 13-15 minutes.)  While loaves cook, prepare yogurt sauce and garnishes.

Yogurt Sauce

Combine these ingredients:
½ cup plain yogurt
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parley
¼ cup fresh cucumber, finely chopped

Garnish with slices of cucumber and tomatoes, kalamata olives.  Serve with pita bread or couscous.  Remove turkey loaves form oven. Thinly slice using a serrated knife with gentle pressure.   Arrange on plates with garnishes and top with yogurt sauce.

Recipes from the Pampered Chef’s 29 Minutes to dinner cookbook. Cornelia Zell, 914-777-1466, cbzell@optonline.net, www.pamperedchef.biz/visitcornelia.