Souvlaki Gyros by Spyros
Souvlaki Gyros A misled word association, although all our customers called it this, there's a difference between Souvlaki and Gyro, so let me clarify before going into the recipe. Souvlaki, is pork meat grilled on a skewer, it can be served on a skewer or in a pita. Gyro, is meat that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie that spins round and round hence, the term Gyro. The meat is then cut into small pieces in the pita.
At 21- 15 Mott Ave. a place filled with many memories and where many lessons were learned. Souvlaki Gyros by Spyros, a benchmark for my Dad's luncheonette. The scent from the grilling of the souvlaki just tickled the nose of the train station passengers and it lured them right into our stores. I would hear "Spyro, one Gyro to go, with extra white sauce" White Sauce?? No,I would answer back and correct them. It's called Tzatziki sauce. Everyone who ate our Souvlaki Gyros wanted to know my Dad's secret why his souvlaki gyros were so tender. He always replied with the repeated words:"Ahh, that's my secret."Our customers just kept coming back, we could never have enough. What was his secret? Simple, overnight marination with simple ingredients. I love you Dad for all you taught me.
I could easily say that Souvlaki Gyros are a famous street/fast food in both Greece and New York. Just one try and you are hooked! Enjoy this easy to make Souvlaki Gyro recipe at the comfort of your own home.
*We always used Kronos Gyro Strips they were so delicious, enjoy your pita either with souvlaki or gyro strips!!
Souvlaki Gyros by Spyro
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- 2 pounds of good quality pork meat, make sure it's not too fatty ( makes about 8 -10 skewers )
- 1 package Greek Pita bread ( make sure you get the Greek and not Arabic) Greek are bigger. My dad used Kronos Greek pita bread
- 1 bowl of tzatziki sauce
- 1 whole tomatoe
- 1 iceberg lettuce
- 1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/12 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 fresh squeezed lemons
You can substitute beef or lamb for pork but beef becomes chewy when grilled.
Try to cut your pork into cubes as best as possible, they will stay better on the skewer when grilling.
Before you grill them, marinate them overnight. Add garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, oregano and your wine. Mix your meat very well and place in refrigerator, if you are in a rush you can marinate them for 3 hrs before grilling, overnight just works a bit better.
I usually grill them in the oven, I take a pan place water inside the pan, add a small grill rack on top of pan and grill on medium heat. Make sure you add water to the pan. When done in a plate add your lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, a bit of water, salt and pepper to taste.Add your souvlaki, marinate for a few minutes before placing in your pita bread.
This is the way you should put your ingredients together, I usually place two pieces of tomato on the bottom and then all the ingredients and last the tzatziki sauce which I also top again with bar-b-q sauce.
Wrap first in wax paper because it becomes a bit messy and then wrap in aluminum foil. Of course have extra napkins! 😉
And your Souvlaki Gyro is ready serve as is or with french fries and KALE OREXI!!