It was my niece's 10th birthday a few months back (Happy birthday M!) and I was so impressed with the house party her parents threw for her. They managed to feed a crowd the size of a small army (I estimated at least 50 people) and managed to do this without seeming too flustered or resentful (as I tend to get in a similar situation).
The clever parents decided to serve gyros which they cooked over coals in the backyard. The meat itself (chicken, lamb, beef, pork - all domesticated animals were well represented) were purchased pre-skewered at the Greek shop, salads and accompaniments were easily pulled together from the supermarket. The tzatziki was bought - and voila! - a fun meal where everyone can assembled their own gyros to their liking.
Is there anything better than the smell of chargrilled meats? Wait, yes there is - chargrilled cuttlefish! Cuttlefish on the open flame is the ultimate in smell-unami. It is reminiscent of holidays in South East Asia, strolling pass street vendors selling their wares on a balmy night. Put a few cuttlefish on the barbie and it would blow your mind. My brother in law, two of his friends and I quickly snaffled up the coveted crispy cuttlefish between us before anyone else gets their paws onto it.
|An incredibly meat-ccentric gyros assembled by Kiddo.|
|A more balanced gyros|
I have been informed that the spit is purchased from Bunnings for $80 or thereabouts. I found YouTube clip of the spit in action by Vinygee if you would like further details.
In summary - a great idea for feeding a crowd.
Until next time...