Friday, June 10, 2011

Grilled Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

This past weekend, the BF bought a new grill. Since then, he's cooked me some amazing meals. I figured it was time for me to try my hand at grilling and grill a meal for him in return. I opted for a quick and easy souvlaki; you do need to plan ahead a bit since the meat needs to marinate for several hours, and it's best to make the tzatziki ahead of time. However, when it comes to cooking, this recipe will take just under 10 minutes. 

Souvlaki is a Greek "fast food" of meat, skewered and grilled. Traditionally made from lamb, I opted for pork since the BF loves pork, and also due to the price of lamb. Tzatziki is a cold, yogurt-based sauce, seasoned with cucumbers and dill. Typically served with gyros, tzatziki is often compared to Indian raita. 

Grilled Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
loosely adapted from Patio Daddio BBQ

1 small cucumber
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground cumin
Juice of 1/2 small lemon
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp Greek oregano
1/2 Tbsp Greek seasoning
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cumin
Juice of 1 lemon
1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2" cubes

Prepare the tzatziki: Peel the cucumber & halve lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a spoon, mince the cucumber, and mix with a pinch of salt. Set aside and let sit for 30 minutes, then squeezed out the excess liquid. 

Combine the yogurt, honey, dill, mint, salt, white pepper, garlic powder, cumin and lemon juice. Whisk to combine. Stir in the cucumber, then cover and chill until needed.

Prepare the souvlaki: Combine the wine, garlic, oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin and lemon juice. Marinate the pork cubes for 4 hours. 

If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 1 hour before grilling (to prevent burning). 

Heat grill to 375-400 degrees and skewer the pork cubes. Grill about 4-5 minutes per side. Serve with tzatziki sauce. 

I also decided to skewer and grill some vegetables (tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion & baby bella mushrooms), and serve everything with soft, fluffy pitas and crumbled feta. You can also serve the souvlaki atop a Greek salad.  


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  2. Wow, I just found your recipe (thanks to Pinterest)and it was fabulous. Even our 3 kids loved it and insisted that we put it on our "favorites" list. I grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida where the Greek food amazing. This recipe was just as tasty.
    The Steinbruecks

    1. Thanks, Steinbrueck Family! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe - I can't WAIT until all of this rain (and snow!) leaves so I can grill again!