Authentic Greek souvlaki
Souvlaki gyro with tender pork, Greek pita bread, tzatziki sauce and lots of aromatics.
the meat and marinade
- 1 lbs butterflied boneless porkloin chops sliced in ½ inch strips
- ½ onion thinly sliced
- 2-3 Fresh herb sprigs like rosemary, thyme or oregano.
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ⅔ cup white wine vinegar
- sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
for the filling
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- ½ cup Greek feta cheese cut in small cubes or crumbled
- ½ onion sliced thinly
- 2 tabelespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- dried oregano
- sea salt
- ½ cup tzatziki sauce
marinate the meat
In a bowl mix fresh herbs, onion slices, olive oil, vinegar, honey, and a pinch or two of salt and pepper. Place meat in a large pan and add the marinade. I like to massage the meat a little with the marinade mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and let it marinate from 3-4 hours to overnight in the fridge.
Take it out of the refrigerator ½ hour ahead of cooking so it can get to room temperature.
make the tomato & onion filling
Cut the tomatoes into thin slices, add them to a medium bowl. Add the sliced onion, and the crumbled feta cheese. Season with sea salt to taste. Sprinkle some dried oregano. Drizzle olive oil and a tsp or so of red wine vinegar.
Mix well but gently and let it sit for at least half an hour ahead of the souvlaki assembly.
cook the meat
Add 2-3 tbs of olive oil to a cast-iron grilling pan or the pan of your choice. Let it heat up almost to the point of smoke. add the meat 2-3 slices at a time. You don't want to add more because the temperature will go down and the meat will boil instead of the grill.
Cook meat for 2-3 minutes for each side. I always do a test drive; cooking time changes depending on how thin my meat slices are.
right before serving
On the same pan, you cooked your meat, clean it lightly with a paper towel, drizzle a little olive oil and grill the pitas to warm them up. This will allow them to get some of that charred, smoked flavor.
assemble the souvlaki
Take a pita bread, add two-three slices of meat, 2-3 full tablespoons of tomato & onion filling, and 2 tbs of tzatziki. Wrap it up in parchment paper just like they do in Greece and enjoy!
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on products used.
- If fresh herbs are not available just use dried ones. You can never go wrong with dry oregano in Greek cuisine :-)
Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg