Greek Vegan Seitan Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
A portable feast; layers of succulent charred seitan, juicy tomatoes, sliced pungent red onion, crisp lettuce drizzled with cooling garlicky tzatziki and wrapped up in a yeasted flat bread. Much like an anthology (I nailed this segue!) this wrap sings with the combined flavors and textures of each ingredient. I make gyros on days when I need an emotional boost and a quick inner trip home to Greece.
I am one of many contributors to this new Anthology When We Were Almost Young; Remembering Hydra through War and Bohemians, A book of musings and stories of the early years on the starkly beautiful island of Hydra, Greece in the 50s and 60s where creativity flowed like wine and wine flowed like well…wine.
“It is a diverse and tantalising collection of human beings sprawled about these rocks and ledges on a hot cliff far from their native lands, insurgents all who have rebelled against the station in which it pleased God to place them. What devious roads brought them to this small island, what decisions and indecisions, what driftings, what moments of desperation and hope? And what are they looking for?.”
-Charmian Clift, When We Were Almost Young
“I was eight years old when I vowed I would go to Greece, after seeing a picture of the Parthenon in a school textbook. At twenty-three I arrived in the middle of the night on a boat from Brindisi to Patras. I kissed the ground, despite its harbour griminess, as Isadora Duncan and her brother had done, on their first arrival in that land they deemed sacred.”
-Lindsey Callicoatt, When We Were Almost Young
Yes my piece is in there too but I am the least of the voices. Mine is a child’s remembering of paradise. The other voices speak of the same time the same place yet some flow dark like red wine across the page, some shock like bitter lemons, some lie quietly like sea glass on the shore, some like the froth on bitter greek coffee. The effect when you are finished with this book is like sunlight shining through dark panes of glass. Suddenly there is blue and green and amber and all those panes illuminate a tableau in stained glass.
“Happily, they made it to Jeanette’s apartment in time for us all, especially the children, to strew an almost naked, creamy Christina from neck to ankles with rose petals, and handfuls of strong-smelling, velvety gardenias to prepare her for her groom. The combined floral perfume was so overpowering, I can smell it still.”
-Alison Leslie Gold, When We Were Almost Young (Author of Anne Frank Remembered)
Make this Seitan Souvlaki and Tadziki recipe and continue on with making your Gyro.
This layered greek-inspired wrap ticks all of the boxes. Savory charred seitan, cool garlicky cucumber sauce, pungent onion, ripe tomatoes and crisp lettuce all wrapped in a neat portable flat bread.
- Make your seitan kebabs (see above this recipe for the link)
- Make your Tzatziki (see above this recipe for the link)
- 1 English cucumber
- 2 very ripe tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 4 leaves of lettuce
- 4 flat breads, I used pre-made Naan bur pita or really any soft yeasted flat bread works great. I think that tortillas would make a delicious substitute in a pinch!
Slice your cucumbers, onions and tomatoes. Wash and dry your lettuce. Give your flat bread a quick warm in a hot cast iron pan.
Assemble your gyro. Remove your seitan cubes from the skewers and slice into halves or thirds. Now layer of your veggies and drizzle with Tzadziki. I wouldn't make this in advance cause it will get soggy.