Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki

What’s this?

A favorite recipe of mine.
Archive of original is here.

Servings

About 4

Time

Anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on how long you’re okay with letting the pork marinate.

Whatcha doin’ How long is it gonna take
Slicin’ and dicin’ 20 minutes
Marinatin’ the pork 30 minutes to 2 hours (up to you)
Cookin’ 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs pork loin
  • 1 large onion,
  • 14 cup plus 2 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons, plus any extras for garnish
  • 2TSP dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves (or equivalent paste)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup Greek whole-milk yogurt
  • 12 English/Seedless cucumber
  • 2TBL mint
  • Warm pita, for serving

Slicing and dicing

  1. Cut the pork loin into half-inch strips, about 3 inches long.
  2. Cut the onion into half-inch wedges.
  3. Juice the lemons (and cut wedges for garnish if extra)
  4. Mash the garlic cloves into a paste (divide into 23 and 13)
  5. Seed and finely dice cucumber
    • You can do this later (while things marinate)
  6. Chop the mint
    • You can do this later (while things marinate)

Let’s go

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the following:
    • Pork strips
    • Onion wedges
    • Olive oil
    • Lemon juice
    • Oregano
    • 23 of the garlic paste
  2. Season the pork bowl with 1 12 teaspoons of salt and 12 teaspoon pepper and let stand in fridge for at least 30 minutes (preferably up to 2 hours).
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, make the tzatziki by mixing the following:
    • Yogurt
    • Cucumber
    • Mint
    • Remaining garlic paste
  4. Season the tzatziki with salt and pepper.
  5. A few minutes before you take the pork bowl out of the fridge, heat a large cast-iron frying pan until it is very hot.
  6. Cook pork, onion wedges, and marinade in pan over high heat, turning once or twice, until the pork and onions are tender and caramelized.
    • (About 12 minutes)
  7. Transfer the pork and onion to plates and serve with the tzatziki, lemon wedges and pita.