Greek Style Stuffed Tomatoes

If you are a fan of Greek food, vine ripened tomatoes, crumbly feta cheese and seasoned tender meat, you’ll want to try this recipe.

The Chipper Chef, Lindsey Joy Smith shares how to make Greek Style Stuffed Tomatoes with tangy Tatziki sauce.

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Gyro Stuffed Tomatoes
8 Tomatoes

2 c. prepared couscous

1 lb prepared gyro meat, thinly sliced

½ red onion, sliced

½ c crumbled feta cheese

½ c tzatziki sauce

Mint leaves for garnish

Chop off the top of each tomato. Then remove the seeds and core. Sprinkle the inside of the tomatoes with salt.

Place them cut side down for about 30 min. onto several paper towels to remove the moisture.

Once drained, fill the tomatoes with the couscous, gyro meat, onion, and feta.

Top each tomato with the 2 tablespoons of tzatziki sauce and garnish with some mint leaves.
Gyro Meat
2 lbs ground lamb

1 onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary, ground

1 Tablespoon of dried Marjoram

1 Tablespoon of dried Thyme

1 Tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat oven to 325 F. Using a food processor, mince the onion. Remove the onion and using a tea towel or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Return the onion to the food processor. Add the lamb, garlic, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper and process until a smooth, tacky paste is formed. Place the meat mixture into a loaf pan, ensuring no air pockets.

Place the pan into a water bath in the oven and cook for about an hour, until the meat is no longer pink and reaches a temp of 170 degrees F.

Remove the pan from the oven and drain off the fat. Place an identical size loaf plan on top and add weights to compress the meat. Let sit for 15 minutes. Remove the loaf and slice thinly.
Tzatziki Sauce
2 c. plain greek yogurt

1 cucumber, seeded, finely chopped and drained

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ tsp salt

1 T olive oil

2 T lemon juice

10 mint leaves, finely chopped

Drain the yogurt over cheesecloth for a few hours to remove the excess liquid (or skip this step and your sauce will just be a little bit runny.) Combine the yogurt with the rest of the ingredients.

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