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Home-Style Greek Sandwiches

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 3 hr 10 min total time
  • 17 ingredients
  • 10 servings
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Filled pita breads with hot beef mixture with added yogurt sauce and topped with tomato-lettuce topping – a Greek-style slow-cooked dinner.

Ingredients

Sandwiches

2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
medium red onion, chopped (1 cup)
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1
tablespoon dried minced garlic
1
tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2
teaspoons ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
can (10 oz) beef consommé
10
pita (pocket) breads (6 inch), cut in half to form pockets

Yogurt Sauce

1
cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2
cucumber, peeled, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Toppings

1 1/4
cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 medium)
2 1/2
cups shredded lettuce
3/4
cup crumbled feta cheese (6 oz)

Steps

  • 1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned; drain. In slow cooker, stir beef mixture and remaining sandwich ingredients except pita breads.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir all sauce ingredients. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Warm pita breads as directed on package. Using slotted spoon, fill each pita half with 3 to 4 tablespoons hot beef mixture; add 1 rounded tablespoon yogurt sauce. Top with tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.
  • 1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned; drain. In slow cooker, stir beef mixture and remaining sandwich ingredients except pita breads.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir all sauce ingredients. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Warm pita breads as directed on package. Using slotted spoon, fill each pita half with 3 to 4 tablespoons hot beef mixture; add 1 rounded tablespoon yogurt sauce. Top with tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.

Expert Tips

Enliven the flavor of the sauce and add even more Greek flavor by stirring in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves.

Consommé is a clarified broth and is often sold as double strength. If you wish, substitute 1 1/4 cups beef broth or stock for consommé.

Both dried and fresh garlic are used in this recipe. Dried minced garlic will produce a more pronounced garlic flavor when slow cooking, while a fresh garlic clove is used to flavor the yogurt sauce. If desired, substitute 4 to 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped, for the dried minced garlic in the beef mixture.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
140
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
23%
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
75mg
24%
Sodium
840mg
35%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
4g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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