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    Olga's Kitchen gyro meat

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    Chef #291141
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 4:09 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I am looking for the gyro meat recipe that is used at Olga's Kitchen for thier original wrap. I believe they are only located in Michigan. It's Greek, made with lamb and seasonings. I found the flat bread recipe, but am looking for the sauce recipe they use also. It's some what like sour cream.
    Thank You.
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:44 pm
    Forum Host
    Chef #291141 wrote:
    I am looking for the gyro meat recipe that is used at Olga's Kitchen for thier original wrap. I believe they are only located in Michigan. It's Greek, made with lamb and seasonings. I found the flat bread recipe, but am looking for the sauce recipe they use also. It's some what like sour cream.
    Thank You.
    Gyro Meat recipe #81048 is a very highly rated recipe. If you give it a try, recipe reviews are very much appreciated.
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 1:02 am Groupie
    I believe the sauce you are looking for is tzatziki.
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:43 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I believe the original post was looking for exact or good replications of the meat and sauce that the Olga's Kitchen chain in Michigan uses. Like me I'm sure they are aware that the sauce is tzatziki but if I understand, their quest if for a recipe to make Olga's sauce. If anyone has successfully replicated the Olga's gyro meat recipe or the tzatziki I and many others would love the recipe! Thanks!
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:11 am
    Forum Host
    The vast majority of Greek restaurants buy their gyros meat already prepared. Perhaps Olga's makes their own, but it's a long shot. We have a recipe posted that has outstanding reviews and should be worth a shot, Gyros - an Authentic Recipe for Making Them at Home

    .I found this copy cat for the Olgasauce,
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:54 am Groupie
    I'm a huge Olga's fan and from MI. I used to go to their restaurant in the Mall Fairlane in Dearborn every week. I even worked there for a short time.

    The meat, of course wasn't made in house. They get it in packages just like any chain.

    The recipe link listed made be good, but not even close. It is a whole different process of a mix of lamb, beef, spices, and then ground fine; as well as slow cooked in a loaf pan in a water bath. This is what gets that very nice dense but tender texture.

    The tzatziki sauce is right, but that link isn't correct also. It had mint and dill in the sauce, that I remember. The cucumber, garlic, yogurt is all correct; but I have a recipe that is much closer. I also have a meat mix that is close. NOT exact, I have tried.

    Also the key is the condiments. The bread, a very fresh, warm flat bread; red onion is a must, and tomato. Lettuce was shredded, and only iceberg. I went to one Olgas not in MI, and they added olives; I guess each could change a bit.

    I will look for my sauce and meat recipe. The two links are good, don't get me wrong; but they are definitely NOT and olgas recipe or close to it.

    If I remember, they went bankrupt, then, got bought out; and now they are in some mall as small kiosks or restaurants in food courts. They show up now and then, but NO more restaurants as far as I know.

    I'll be back. Hope this helps
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:00 pm Groupie
    I need to revise my post. A couple of years ago, when I looked into this; this is what I found. But ...

    There is one right in Fairlane in Dearborn; but I know I read the info a couple of years ago. I wonder, if change of websites, or management, ownership.

    Interesting - anyways, check it out.
    I remember the bread was a secret; but, no recipes, but intersting to check out none-the-less.

    I still try to find my recipe
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:01 pm
    Forum Host
    I've never seen them or even heard of Olga's, so defer to your experience!
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:17 pm Groupie
    The links are great links, just NOT Olgas. I've been retrying to get it right for years; and having worked their, I have a little bit of a clue too.

    It is always very difficult to recreate restaurant food.
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:35 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and ate Olga's at her original location. Back then she worked there with her sons and I'm sure the meat was prepared on site as they were just an individual unit, no chain. My parents loved her food and one of my fondest Olga memories was when my dad had them cater a party he held.

    They brought everything to our house, the food and even what I assume was traveling equipment including a vertical rotisserie. To this day I still smile at the memory of asking one of Olga's sons just what kind of meat they used. He looked at me and with a straight face said "German Shepard." He laughed and then confessed that it was really a mix of Lamb and Beef. That was back in the beginning of the 70's, perhaps '72. I moved away from Michigan in '81 and to this day when ever I visit I still go and get an Olga's... only now I bring my wife and kids. My youngest, the bread eater in the family salivates at even the mention of the bread...come to think of it I do too!

    I'll continue my quest to find the most accurate replications of the meat, sauce and bread. Until then I appreciate any recipe suggestions I get. I'm thrilled to know that tomorrow the vertical rotisserie I order arrives so there'll be gyros at my house this weekend!
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:45 pm Groupie
    Very cool, I was a bit later, when there were more restaurants. That had to be so nice to have them come to the house.

    Yes, I loved their place. And yes, beef and lamb is the mix. My recipe is on another computer, so as so as I get a chance, I will look it up.

    Their bread however, I can't help with. But I know that was a family recipe. It was a soft flat bread; but working there, I know they were grilled fresh. Nothing warmed up. The meat was all sliced and warm and then finished with the tomato, sauce and lettuce. The bread by the way had a thin brush of olive oil before being grilled, I remember that. And it was an open flame grill to get those nice grill marks.
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:03 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Here is a recipe for the bread I found on this site though I have not tried it. Seems there are some fans of it here as well as other recipe sites. I'll look for your post when you find your recipes,thanks!

    Olga Bread Recipe
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:13 pm Groupie
    They did make their own bread there, I do remember honey, milk; but I remember real butter; and there was a mix of 2 flours; I remember grabbing 2 different tubs from the back storage room. I worked part time in the kitchen, part as a server.

    But that looks and sounds pretty close from what I remember.
    Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:07 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Were you able to find your meat and sauce recipes?
    Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:30 am Groupie
    gstuartw wrote:
    Were you able to find your meat and sauce recipes?

    I just got my other laptop back yesterday. The recipes were on that.
    Thx for the reminder, I will looks them up today. Sorry, One of these days I will get all the recipes in one place.
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