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Unread 06-05-2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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Souvlaki

Last night for dinner I decided to do a little Greek street food. I made
Souvlaki with a light Mediterranean orzo salad. How can you go wrong with
grilled pig-on-a-stick on a nice sunny day? You really can't.



Traditionally Souvlaki is made of lamb, but in recent times it's often pork, or
even chicken. It's simply small pieces of marinated meat that are grilled on
a skewer then served either on the skewer, or on pita bread with tzatziki
sauce. I served mine in the latter fashion. I also skewered and grilled some
red onion and sweet peppers for toppings.

Ingredients
2 lb Pork, cut to 1 1/2" cubes (I used sirloin tip)
1/2 cup Dry white wine
3 cloves Garlic, chopped fine
1/2 cup Canola oil
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup Fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 Tbsp Kosher salt
2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
1 tsp Fish sauce (optional)
1/4 tsp Ground cumin
Juice of two lemons

Tzatziki Sauce
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt, or drained plain yogurt
1/8 cup Honey
1 medium Cucumber
1 tsp Dried dill
1 tsp Sea salt (or Kosher)
1/2 tsp Ground white pepper
1/4 tsp Granulated garlic
1/4 tsp Ground cumin
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Important: Make sure that your dried herbs are fresh. They only last
about six months, so if they're old get some new.

Method
Peel the cucumber, slice it in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scrape
out the seeds. This will help keep the sauce from being too watery.

Mince the cucumber, put it on some plastic wrap, and sprinkle with a bit of
the salt.

Wrap the cucumber up in the plastic wrap and let sit for about 30 minutes.
The salt will help draw some moisture out of the cucumber.

In the mean time, add all of the remaining sauce ingredients in a medium
mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate.

When the cucumber has rested for 30 minutes, open one end of the plastic
wrap and squeeze out as much water as you can.

Add the cucumber to the sauce, stir to combine, cover and refrigerate.

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to
combine.

Put the pork in a large zip-top bag, add the marinade, seal while removing
the air.

Place the bag in a lipped pan (to catch any leaks) and refrigerate four
hours.

If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least an hour.

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking at medium-high heat
(375-400º).

While your grill is heating, skewer the meat with five pieces on each
skewer.

If you want to serve grilled vegetables, skewer them separately.



Grill the pork and veggies direct for about four minutes per side.

Serve the pork on a warm pita smeared with tzatziki and topped with some
grilled veggies.

Enjoy!

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John
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Looks great
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Great looking recipe! FWIW, I believe souvlaki is actually traditionally pork, and it is definitely the most common form of it in Greece - so using pork you actually nailed it! ;)

The cumin, fish sauce, white wine and honey are definitely new additions, but hey, I'm always open to try new things!

Loving your recipes, keep them coming!
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That looks really good John. Thanks!
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That looks awesome, love tzatziki
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Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing so many great recipe's
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Nice John & thanx for sharing the recipe
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Just made some tzatziki last night for lamb gyros. I'm definitely adding the honey and dill next time! Thanks for the recipes John!
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Lets eat Daddio
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sweet action. those look amazing. I wonder if it would be good with homemade nan?

Thanks for the recipe. I LOVE greek food. My finaces father is greek
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I've never had traditional Greek food, just some gyro knockoffs. I'm gonna try this. Thanks, John.
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