If you like to holiday regularly in Greece like the girls and I, then you will undoubtedly already know what both Gyros and Souvlaki are… And if you don’t, then I shall tell you! A Gyros is not a thing you pick up every week if you don’t have a job, rather it is the quintessential Greek fast food, ground pork, lamb or chicken, mixed with herbs and cooked on a spit, sliced thinly and served on a flatbread with salad and chips, sort of like a donor kebab – but nicer. A Souvlaki is also a kebab, but more like a shish kebab, where cubes of pork, lamb or chicken are cooked on skewers over a flame and served, again with flatbread, salad and chips, and of course the optional – yet delicious, Tzatziki!
The herbs used in the cooking of these meats are extremely simple to find over here in supermarkets and just as easy to mix together yourself for use on pork chops or Souvlaki of your own at your Sunday afternoon family BBQ. You can buy them ready mixed in Greek deli stores or online on websites like eBay (just search for Gyros seasoning), but as I said, it is easy as Gyros to mix your own together, and here’s how…
- 4 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper OR paprika (either sweet smoked or plain)
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground unrefined sea salt (or normal salt if unrefined sea salt is not available)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pop all of the above ingredients into a airtight container or jar, close the lid tightly and shake like mad!
- This mix will store nicely in a cool dry place for up to 6 months in an airtight container, but if you use it as much as I do, it won’t need to last that long!