Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce

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Gyros with metaxa sauce is a classic dish that almost every Greek restaurant has on the menu. For that gyros will be doused with a metaxa sauce and then baked in the oven.

In today’s post, I’ll show you a quick & easy recipe for gyros in a creamy metaxa sauce. I wish you lots of fun cooking 😉

Cooked/Baked today: Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 5 hours (incl. marinating)
Category: Main Dishes, Meat Dishes, Greek Cuisine, Hearty Meals
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Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce

Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce

Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce

Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce

Ingredients for 4 servings:

…for the gyros:

  • 1 kilogram pork neck
  • 1 onion
  • 50 milliliters olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • Each a teaspoon rosemary, paprika powder (noble sweet), garlic powder & ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt & pepper

…for the metaxa sauce:

  • 400 grams creme fraiche
  • 200 milliliters cream
  • 75 milliliters metaxa
  • Each a tablespoon ajvar & tomato paste

…more ingredients:

  • 150 grams grated cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Cling film
  • Large frying pan
  • Plate for the gyros
  • Spatula
  • Suitable baking dish


…for the gyros:

First cut the pork neck in about 1 centimeter thick slices & then in not too thin strips. Peel 1 onion and cut into thin strips.

Put the meat in a mixing bowl and season with 3 teaspoons of oregano, 2 teaspoons of thyme, 1 teaspoon of rosemary, paprika (noble sweet), garlic powder and ground coriander, ½ teaspoon of cumin, ¼ teaspoon of chili flakes and a decent pinch of salt and pepper.

Preparing Meat

Preparing Meat

Next, add the onion strips & pour in 50 milliliters of olive oil & mix together all ingredients until the spices have distributed evenly. Cover the meat with a sheet of cling film and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

…for the gyros with metaxa sauce:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (top/bottom heat) in time. After the marinating time, heat up a large pan without adding oil or fat, give the meat in portions into the pan & sear for 3 – 4 minutes from all sides. Afterwards lift the gyros out of the pan, spread in a casserole dish & set aside.

Put the meat pan back on the stove over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree and 2 tablespoons of ajvar to the pan and allow to roast for about 1 minute while stirring constantly. Next, add 75 milliliters of metaxa, stir in well and allow the metaxa to boil down almost completely.

Cooking Metaxa Sauce

Cooking Metaxa Sauce

Finally add 200 milliliters of cream & 400 grams of creme fraiche, stir in well, bring to a boil and then remove the pan from heat. Pour the hot metaxa sauce over the meat, top everything with about 150 grams of grated cheese and then bake the gyros in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

Get the done gyros out of the oven, dish up on plates & serve along with french fries. Finally garnish with some finely chopped parsley & enjoy. I wish you lots of fun cooking 😉

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

2 Replies to “Homemade Gyros with Metaxa Sauce”

  1. Hallo ,Moin Moin, also ,ich muss sagen
    mega lecker ,einfach und absolut mein Favorit.
    Werde es in mein Lieblingsrezepten auf nehmen.
    Ist auch für den grill absolut geeignet.
    bin auch Hobby Koch, alle Achtung .weiter so.
    MfG Sven Clausen

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