The Christmas market this time was bigger than the previous ones. There was a Greek food stall too this time, & the whiff of pork, chicken was so inviting that I had to try it. Imagine some marinated pork grilled to perfection, mixed with some freshly chopped veggies, all wrapped in a pita bread with some Tzatziki (A Greek yogurt dip) with some fries on the side 🙂 Yes, I think you getting the picture. 😀
How can you not fall in love with something as yummy as this. But sadly I did not find time to try the chicken version of it. This has been on my list to try out from christmas time. I looked up the recipe from the website – http://www.seriouseats.com & decided to try it out today.
It’s exotic, I bet everyone who loves grilled meat will crave for more instantly. So make sure you marinate some extra meat to satisfy this craving. 😉
I’m glad it turned out very close to the one I had in the christmas market & do not have to hunt for a Greek restaurant or wait for the christmas market to eat this again.
Originally has to be grilled on charcoal. As it is not summertime here and I cannot have a barbecue I decided to try this out on the grill mode of the oven. Also tzatziki is made with dill but I used some mint instead of dill just for some twist.
Been meaning to prepare this since morning for lunch, but got busy with the unpacking and hence moved this for dinner. Oh yes, I got my V-day gift day-before. 😀 it was the 50mm lens I so wanted from a long time. These pics have been clicked using that lens.
Ingredients: (Serves 3-4) Preparation Time: 25 mins (Marination time not included)
Pork – 500 gms trimmed off the fat and only meat, without any bones. I used pork belly trims.
Olive oil – 1/2 cup
Red onion – 1 small-sized, finely chopped, I did not have red onion hence used white onions
Garlic cloves – 2, minced
Fresh lemon juice – 4 tbsp
Red wine vinegar – 2 tbsp
Greek oregano – 2 tbsp , I used normal Italian oregano as I could not find Greek oregano
Black peppercorns – 1 tsp, freshly ground
Pita bread with pockets – 4
Lemon (optional) – a few wedges
Salt to taste
For the salad:
Salad Tomatoes – 2 medium-sized, cut into small cubes
Onion – 1 medium-sized, diced finely
Red Pepper – 1 small-sized, cut into small pieces
Lettuce – 4-5 leaves
For the tzatziki:
Yogurt – 250 ml thick yogurt or greek set yogurt
Cucumber – 1/2 of a medium-sized cucumber, peeled & de-seeded, grated
Mint leaves – 6-7 leaves, finely chopped
Garlic clove – 1, minced
Red wine vinegar – 1.5 tsp
Black peppercorns – a pinch, freshly ground
Olive oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Note: If you are using wooden skewers then soak them in water for at least 30 mins before you use them. I used steel skewers.
Mix olive oil, chopped onions, minced garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano and black peppercorns & salt together in a bowl.
Keep this aside. This is for the pork marination.
Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes. Wash the pieces and drain off the water. Add the pieces into a zip-lock bag. Pour the marinade prepared into the bag and seal the bag. Shake the bag well so that the marinade coats all the pieces well. Open the bag & remove the excess air out & re-seal the bag.
Fridge the meat and let it marinate at least for 2 hours – overnight. I marinated for 24 hrs.
Pre-heat your oven in the grill mode at 200 degrees Celsius. Add the pork pieces to skewers and keep them ready.
Grill the pork for 20 minutes, turn them midway so that they grill evenly.
Meanwhile prepare the tzatziki. Squeeze out the water from the grated cucumber with your hand and throw the water away. Add the cucumber, the yogurt, salt, black pepper,minced garlic, olive oil, chopped mint & red wine vinegar and mix it well.
You can chill the tzatziki in the fridge for a while. Chilled tzatziki tastes yummy. 🙂 You can have it just like that as well.
Open the pockets of the pita bread and lightly toast or heat them.
Spread a spoon of tzatziki on the inside of the toasted pita bread… Now add about 6-8 cubes of grilled pork from the skewers over the tzatziki. Next add the salad. Add some more tzatziki if required. Close & wrap the pita bread and enjoy. 🙂
You may also add a few fries in the wrap or serve some on the side. Serve with some lime wedges if you want some extra lemon. Since I marinated the pork really well for around 24 hrs I did not require extra lemon juice, the lemon juice used in the marinade was well absorbed by the meat.
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