Pork souvlaki is the best-known Greek food, and if you have ever visited Greece you will have tasted this famous dish at least once. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this dish is, souvlaki is a fast food served in small eateries. Souvlakia are small cubes of pork threaded on a small wooden skewer. Souvlaki first appeared in ancient Greece, as proven by a recipe found. The dish was called “kandaulos” and combined grilled meat, pita, cheese and dill. The first souvlaki shops in Greece appeared in Livadia in 1951, selling souvlakia on a stick. Today this dish is available in shops and restaurants not only in Greece, but all over the world. Souvlaki has caught on in many different parts of the world, as its flavourful meat is enjoyed by many! Eat like the Gods and give Pork Souvlaki a try!
Classic Pork Souvlaki
Yield: Makes 4 skewers
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
1 lb (500 g) Canadian Pork cubes from the loin or shoulder
3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) minced garlic
1 tbsp (15 mL) rubbed oregano
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt, preferably Balkan
1 cup (250 mL) cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
1 tsp (5 mL) minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine pork, olive oil, 2 tbsp garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
- Thread pork on to 4 skewers. Discard remaining marinade.
- Heat grill to medium. Grill pork, turning frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until just cooked, or broil in the oven.
- Serve souvlakis with tzatziki and a Greek salad comprising sliced red onions, ripe tomato wedges, black olives and crumbled feta cheese. Season with olive oil and lemon juice.Tzatziki sauce: Using a clean cloth or cheesecloth, squeeze as much liquid as possible from grated cucumbers. Combine with yogurt and minced garlic. Season to taste.