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Fast Food

Arby’s Just Loaded Their Curly Fries With Greek Gyro Toppings

Every year, Arby’s brings back their Traditional Greek Gyro. While the limited-time item is still fast food gyro, the meat is actually pretty good. Good enough to temper my gyro cravings when I’m in a jam, at least.

This year, the sandwich chain just added a new item that’s sure to turn some fast food-loving heads: Gyro Loaded Curly Fries.

Arby’s new loaded menu item features a bed of the restaurant’s signature curly fries topped with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, tzatzíki sauce, and gyro seasoning.

We picked some up at our local Arby’s and and managing editor Richard Guinto had this to say about them:

I felt like it was from a legit Greek greasy spoon joint and I was eating my drunchies away at 3 a.m. after buying the wrong girl drinks all night to no avail.

Resident Greek food scientist and ranker of fast food French fries Constantine Spyrou was also present, but was unable to try the meat because he was observing Lent.

I just ate the plain fries, although it smelled like a gyro to me.

Sure you’ll probably find more authentic fare at a real Greek restaurant, but they’re an admirable attempt nonetheless Arby’s.

Arby’s is also added a Greek Gyro Salad that includes gyro meat, tzatzíki sauce, red onions, diced tomatoes, and gyro seasoning on top of some salad made with green and iceberg lettuce.

The gyro items will be available for a limited time, presumably through the next month or two.

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Culture Health

Animated Infographic Explains The Truth Behind Ancient Greek Superfoods

We’ve alway been fascinated with Greek mythology, with gods and monsters battling it out, going on quests, and just performing legendary feats.

When it came to Greek foods, superfoods specifically, there have been quite a few myths and legends. It was believed that herbs could heal battle wounds, beetroot could keep you beautiful, and almonds could prevent drunkeness.

Travel Supermarket asked nutritionist and registered dietitian Katie Peck if there was any real-world merit to these myths. Through a series of animated infographics, she explains the true story behind these ancient “superfoods.”

Check them out below:


Beetroot

Cretan dittany

Poppy seeds

Goat’s milk

Almonds


Pretty fascinating to see the facts behind these legends. Might grab a bottle of goat’s milk on the way home.

Also, we asked resident Greek Constantine Spyrou if he had any superfoods to add to the list, he only had this to say:

“The only real Greek superfood…is lamb.”

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Is Now Serving Traditional Greek Gyros Made With LAMB Meat

Arby’s has been killing it lately with their latest offerings, like the mouthwatering pork belly burger to their hot-ticket venison sandwiches.

The fast food sandwich chain had been serving turkey and roast beef gyros for years. Gyro lovers will be happy to hear that Arby’s is getting a little more authentic with their new Traditional Greek Gyros.

Arby’s new Greek Gyro features a blend of lamb, beef, and Mediterranean spices sliced straight from a spit rotisserie. The meat is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, tzaziki sauce and Greek seasoning, all resting on a warm pita bread.

We consulted with Foodbeast’s very own Grecian Scholar, Constantine Spyrou, who explained the “Greek seasoning” more than likely was made with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Any addition of Greek food to fast food is more than welcomed as far as we’re concerned.

Patrons can find Arby’s new Traditional Greek Gyros for a limited time at participating locations.

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Packaged Food

Greek Gyro POTATO CHIPS Are Part Of Lay’s Four New Test Flavors

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Lay’s is on a mission to try and create every potato chip flavor imaginable and its latest four prospects have just been released.

For its annual Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest, they’re putting New York Reuben, Greektown Gyro, Southern Biscuits & Gravy and West Coast Truffle Fries up against each other to see which will reign supreme.

They sent over some samples for us to try. The new flavors were definitely interesting. Some more than others.

Like they’ve done the last four years, it’s up to fans to vote for their favorite to see that makes the cut. The winner will receive $1 million from Lay’s as well as have their chips sold in stores across the nation.

Here’s some up-close shots of the new flavors. Check them out in stores and see which ones you like best.

Southern Biscuits and Gravy

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Greektown Gyro

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New York Reuben

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West Coast Truffle Fries

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Brand

Glazed Bacon Rollups, Loaded Potato Pinwheels and 18 More Ingenious Recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest

You may know Pillsbury for their giggly mascot, fun-to-break crescent cans, or highly necessary DIY cronut recipe. But for the past 65 years, the Doughboy has kept busy with yet another passion project: the million dollar Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.

This year, entrants may submit original recipes that use seven ingredients or less online at www.bakeoff.com and the 100 finalists will move on to, well, the finals, this November in Nashville, Tenn. It’s all very big and impressive, but can we focus on the fact that the grand prize winning recipe is worth $1 million dollars? That’s right, $1 million. With six zeroes.

We decided to round up our favorite Bake-Off Contest recipes from over the years, including — brace yourselves — strawberry and chocolate sugar cookie crepes, glazed bacon rollups and bacon egg breakfast bites. Best part? Yes, you can totally D them Y.

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Bacon-Egg Breakfast Bites

Bacon-Egg-Breakfast-Bites

It’s in the name: bacon and egg and breakfast. That alone should be enough to wake you up, but these darlings also feature whole crescent rounds nestled around slices of bacon and egg-washed tater tots.  Ahem.

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Mini Italian Shepherd’s Pies

Mini Italian Shepherd's Pies

Warm dollops of a creamy cheese and spinach mixture top off these mini meat pies. Pro-tip: toss some spicy sausage or chorizo in there for a neat little kick.

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Poppin’ Fresh Barbecups

Poppin' Fresh Barbecups

It was in 1968 that Pillsbury first introduced its refrigerated fresh dough. It was also the year this recipe, named after the Doughboy AKA “Poppin’ Fresh,” came out. This recipe is simple, but classic: ground beef, barbecue and flaky biscuits topped with cheese. Try using mac & cheese over shredded beef for an instant upgrade to 2014.

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Chicken Satay Tacos

Chicken Satay Tacos

Dare to dream. This recipe from Illinois swaps out your regular flour tortilla with a flattened out Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Biscuit for quite possibly the flakiest, butteriest soft taco you ever did see.

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Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

It’s almost summer, which means infinite barbecues, and endless opportunities to convince your guests to go back for seconds or thirds. And is there any better way than with potatoes and bacon? Didn’t think so… and neither did the Bake-Off Judges, who crowned this recipe the $1 million grand prize winner at last year’s contest.

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Glazed Bacon Rollups

Glazed Bacon Rollups

The maple bacon combo is nothing new, but this recipe ups the ante as it’s practically a maple bacon sweet roll, so, yes please. Surprise ingredients like Dijon mustard and sliced green onions provide an extra textured tang that sounds just crazy enough to work.

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Baked Chorizo Chili Quesadilla

Baked Chorizo Chili Quesadilla

Part quesadilla, part empanada, this almost mash-up uses a refrigerated pie crust to house spicy chorizo chili, corn, chopped onions and pepper jack cheese. Party hearty.

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Spicy Asian Shrimp Stromboli

Spicy Asian Shrimp Stromboli

More fun with fusion! Refrigerated pizza crusts wrap around panko or breaded shrimp dressed in hot pepper jelly, Sriracha and orange marmalade. Just call it a bougie pizza pocket.

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Mocha Latte Bacon Danish

Mocha Latte Bacon Danish

Coffee is crack. Bacon is crack. Chocolate hazelnut spread is crack. A semifinalist in last year’s 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, this mocha latte bacon Danish features all three. Strangely it didn’t advance to the final round. No, we don’t understand why either.

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Spicy Mole Pork Burritos

Spicy Mole Pork Burritos

Mole? Ole! The homemade mole sauce adds a spicy punch to these burritos. Wrap it all in a flour tortilla for a Mexican inspired “concoction.”

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Mole Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Mole Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Damn Pillsbury, is there any bread you don’t make? Featuring their refrigerated French crusty loaf, these mole pulled pork sandwiches use Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut spread for the chocolate. Top the whole thing off with blue cheese cole slaw for a (nearly) instant bistro style lunch.

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Feta and Kale Stuffed Breakfast Waffles

Feta Kale Stuffed Breakfast Waffles

Waffle tacos are great and all, but for the little more health-conscious, consider trading out your maple syrup and egg product for feta cheese and kale. And made with flattened Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls, this is a total rethinking of the waffle sandwich. We’d love ours topped with pesto.

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Crispy Potato Barbecue Stacks

Crispy Potato Barbecue Stacks

Do you prefer your sandwiches with bread buns or hash brown buns? If you answered the former, allow this recipe to prove to you why you’re so, so wrong. The secret is in the bread crumb topping, which provides a crispy, dry surface to wrap your messy barbecue-y fingers around.

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Greek Quesadillas

Greek Quesadillas

Take the makings of a Greek salad and transform them into a meal even meat-eaters can understand. These Greek quesadillas were finalists at the 41st Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 2004. Fun fact: Target-famous designer Isaac Mizrahi designed the finalists’ aprons that year.

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Oriental Snack Mix

Oriental Snack Mix

This is a quick, zesty party mix using, among other things, Bugles original corn snacks, Chex cereal, soy sauce and wasabi peas. Just make sure to give your guests fair enough warning about the wasabi peas’ heat, and watch them refill their plates (and drinking glasses) again and again and again.

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Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

Winner of the $1 million dollar grand prize in 2010, this recipe is insanely simple, and just involves taking the Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake! sugar cookies and molding them in a muffin tin into the perfect pint sized ice cream cups.

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Pineapple Galette with Caramel Rum Sauce

Pineapple Galette with Caramel Rum Sauce

Galettes are pretty much artisan-looking, free-form fruit tarts, which is nice when you think about all the extra imperfect crevices this caramel rum sauce gets to flow over.

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Java-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Java Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Instant coffee-drowned cinnamon rolls make for the ultimate jittery indulgence. Pro-tip: don’t feed this to children.

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

Have you ever had a ravioli made out of crescent dough? Neither had we, but after seeing this picture, can you really afford not to? Subtle, sweet nuttiness comes from all sides in the form of salted caramel whipped cream and pumpkin and pecans. Is it possible you’re still not convinced? This recipe won the contest’s $1 million grand prize in 2012.

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Strawberries and Chocolate Sugar Cookie Crepes

Strawberries and Chocolate Sugar Cookie Crepes

Sugar cookie dough is fine on its own, but transforming the dough into a crepe? GET IN MY BELLY. Bring your strawberry and chocolate hazelnut friends.

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Cravings

Gyro Breakfast Burrito

Gyro Breakfast Burrito — we were just as jaw-dropped as you might be when web developer Tommy surprised the office with these badboys yesterday morning. A product of Mission Viejo, CA’s Surfin Souvlaki Greek restaurant, this oversized breakfast burrito features eggs, potato, bacon, cheddar cheese, and salsa with gyro meat lacing the badboy from end-to-end.

Pictured above (the half on the right is not the same burrito, nor is it from the same restaurant), you get a great view of how large the burrito truly is. The killer combo is lacing the burrito with the included tzatziki sauce, but mixing in a bit of red salsa from the taco shop next door.

If you’re in the Orange County / Southern California area, it’s well worth a visit to this spot. Breakfast is served all day:

Surfin Souvlaki
949-365-0550
28171 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

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Food Trucks

Honey Feta Fries

In our continuing coverage of Food Trucks on the up and up, we had our attention directed to Louks, an LA and Orange County based truck. In this particular dish, the Greek food truck delivers up a side dish of french fries sprinkled with feta cheese crumbles and drizzled with honey. Available for $4 wherever the Louks to Go truck is available.

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Cravings

Supreme Deviled Eggs

These Supreme Deviled Eggs put a fresh twist on hard boiled eggs! Regular deviled eggs are put together by boiling your eggs, cutting them in half, and then re-stuffing them with a puree of egg yolk. Steering away from this old tradition, these Supreme Deviled Eggs get modernized with sliced bacon and diced onions! As if that wasn’t enough, they are also topped with a teaspoon of spicy brown mustard, mayonnaise, garlic, pepper, sweet pickle juice and some Cavender’s Greek seasoning. This is some raw protein that actually has some flavor… I just got really excited for my future weight-lifting adventures. (Thx MissInTheKitchen)