JuJu’s Jyro

As a nod to my DC/MD family, I bring you JuJu’s JYro! When I moved to the DC area over 10 years ago, I was taken by their distinct lingo, including the word, “JY”. Over time I came to learn the meaning, and even incorporated it into my vocabulary eventually. “Jy” means kind of like something or somewhat similar. This handheld treat is just that. The JuJu Jyro is similar to an authentic Gyro, with a Judah twist. Packed with tender lamb, veggies, feta cheese, and two delicious sauces, this wrap is perfect for Sabbath lunch. The two sauces are a yummy tzatziki sauce (recipe below) and the Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Sauce) featured on the website. Try it this Sabbath and let us know what you think!


  • 1/2 cucumber grated using the largest side of the grater

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 cup greek yogurt

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 4 – 5 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • Salt of the Earth to taste

TZATZIKI Directions

  • Grate cucumber and drain liquid using a cheesecloth. Set aside.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor and combine.
  • Add cucumber into the mixture and pulse, being very cautious. The more you pulse, the more liquid will be extracted from the cucumber. You can also opt not to pulse the mixture and simply stir the cucumber into the liquid.
  • Pour into a dish, cover, and refrigerate.

Jyro Ingredients

  • Shredded slow cooked lamb (I used boneless leg of lamb for this recipe and the marinade can found here)

  • Pita bread

  • Green lettuce blend (spring mix, romaine, and arugula)

  • Tomato, sliced thin

  • Red onion, sliced thin

  • Avocado, sliced

  • Tzatziki sauce (recipe above)

  • Peruvian Green sauce (Aji verde sauce)

Jyro assembly Directions

  • Lay pita on flat service. If possible, toast one side of the pita on a grill or in a pan. Be sure to lie it toasted side UP.
  • Add lettuce blend as a barrier to help keep the pita bread from becoming soggy.
  • Next, add roughly 3-4 tablespoons of your shredded lamb on top of the greens.
  • Add avocado, followed by tomatoes, and onion.
  • Add Peruvian sauce, followed by Tzatziki, and topped finally with crumbled Feta Cheese.
  • Fold in half and enjoy! Be careful it may get messy, but sooooo good!

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