Recipe by kzbhansen
READY IN: 18hrs 20mins




  • In small bowl combine the salt, oregano, pepper, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon and mix thoroughly.
  • In large bowl combine meat, onions and spice mix. Add garlic and vegetable oil, mix thoroughly with hands until spices are evenly distributed. Refrigerate covered several hours.
  • In a small skillet, fry a small amount of the meat mixture in a little butter. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if desired. Blanch bacon by simmering in hot water about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Line loaf pan (8 1/2 x 5 x 3") with bacon covering sides and bottom.
  • Pack gyros meat into pan, filling to the top of the pan. Cover with remaining slices of bacon
  • Place filled pan in hot water bath, reaching 3/4 of the way up the loaf pan. Bake at 375°F for 20-30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°F and continue baking 30 minutes longer.
  • Remove pan from oven. Remove loaf pan from hot water bath and place on wire rack to cool.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and weigh down with about 2 lbs. weight to compress loaf. Cool to room temperature, refrigerate meat, covered with weight 12 hours or overnight to ripen and increase flavor. Meat will keep for up to 4 days refrigerated.
  • Slice very thin and serve in pita bread with sliced onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce.