Question. What is Souvlaki
Answer. Greeks are meat lovers and souvlaki is meat cooked on skewers. Traditionally pork is used for souvlaki and lamb is used for ‘Doners’ or ‘Gyros’. Some other restaurants use a combination of minced beef and pork for their for ‘Doners’ or ‘Gyros’. The ‘Doners’ are cooked on a vertical rotisserie (with layers of lamb or minced meats). In a restaurant environment, if you order a ‘souvlaki’ it usually comes in a skewer with bread on the side, but if you order a pita, you must specify weather you wish to have chicken or pork and it is normally served with slices of tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce all wrapped up in pita bread.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Souvlaki
- Prepare the fresh pitas as shown in the Professional souvlaki recipe video.
- Once done, place pitas back into the plastic bag, and tie them using a tie wrap. Place in freezer until needed.
- Next, we will marinade the pork.
- Take 3 tbsp out of the spice mixture, mix well, and leave over night to marinade.
- Next day, allow pitas to thaw, pass the pork into skewers, slice the tomatoes and the onions, finely chop the parsley and you are ready.
- Pass the pork into skewers.
- For best taste, grill the souvlaki on lump charcoal.
- When pork no longer sticks on the grill, turn it over. You will need to turn them 2-3 times on each side, in order to cook it evenly all around.
- When the meat is almost ready (about 10 minutes) begin warming up the pitas as shown next.
- Heat each side of the pita for about a minute or until it softens and gets a slight color.
- Cut some wax paper the size specified in the Professional souvlaki video.
- Place the pita on the wax paper and add tomato, onions and tzatziki sauce.
- Wrap the souvlaki as shown.
- Sprinkle some oregano.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Souvlaki video