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Who needs take out?


Photo credit: Jessica Peck

Who. needs take out? Okay, we all need take out. But you should know how to make some of your favorite carry out foods at home, too. Take gyros. They're basically meat loaf. And super easy to make. They freeze beautifully and come together quickly when you have a stash in the freezer.

Homemade Gyros with Tzatsiki

Gyro meat can be made a day ahead; refrigerate, well-wrapped, until ready to reheat, slice and assemble. Reheat slices just until warm in the microwave. It can also be frozen, well wrapped, for up to 2 months.

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary (or 1 tablespoon fresh)

½ medium onion, grated

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound ground lamb

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, recipe follows

Thinly sliced sweet onion, chopped tomatoes and Greek pitas for serving

Tzatziki Sauce

Makes 1 ½ cups