Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
My attempt to replicate the gyros (pron: yee'-ros) I've had in Monastiraki in Athens and the islands. This isn't like the minced meat (usually lamb) kebab that we would here in the UK call a doner kebab and often eat on the way home from a night in the pub. This is what you could be served if you were eating in . . . . the alternative is to have the meat, onion and tsatziki wrapped in the bread and in a twist of greaseproof paper taken to go. This was my first attempt - and I was delighted, the belly pork has just the right amount of fat after quite a long cook on the grilling machine. I didn't have tomatoes tonight - a few slices would have increased the authenticity, but the "patatas tiganites" (chips/fries) on the side, and the mustard mayo (american-style hot dog mustard would have been good, too) were just the job.
- 500 g boneless pork belly
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1⁄2 red onion, very thinly sliced
- 1 cup tzatziki (yoghurt and cucumber dip)
- 2 round pita bread
- Remove the skin from the pork strips.
- In a bowl turn the pork strips in garlic, oregano and a good twist of black pepper - leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes (more if possible).
- Griddle the meat - I used our George Formby "turned out nice again" grill (a wee joke for any ageing brits there). A lot of fat will drain off, the meat needs turning so all sides are well browned and the meat succulent.
- Slice across the strips to give chunks of meat ready to serve.
- Brush the pitas with a little oil and cook in a hot dry non stick frying pan for a couple of minutes each side.
- Assemble to serve: place a good quantity of the meat chunks on a piece of the bread, (a couple of tomato slices would work well here) top with a good dollop of the tzatziki, a good quantity of the thinly sliced red onion and put mustard on the side.
- Serve with chips/fries.
- A little salad garnish is pretty with this, as you can see from my photo, it can look a bit too all-brown.
- Kali orexi! (Bon appetit).
Wow Moyni, this is GOOD!!! we have been to Crete Corfu and Cyprus many times and we really enjoy the food when we go, and I loved this when we were in all those places.It didn't occur to me that I could make it at home but this is fantastic, very authentic, well done I have loved all your recipes. Made for PAC fall 09