Gyros Pita Sandwiches

Gyros Pita Sandwiches

If you are following our Instagram account (and if not, you should), you most likely know that we are major foodie.
One of the proper ways to enjoy a trip is to eat everything you want especilly local food, looking for local markets, or fleamarkets and fell the vibe.
When it comes to enjoy the local cuisine on our trips around the world, the choices are endless. A few year ago, we took a trip to Greece.

Where do you even begin? Feta cheese, tzatziki, souvlaki, gyros, calamari, moussaka, greek salad .. Yes, the list could be much longer than that, so one thing is for sure, Greece is a real food paradise. The first thing we eat was a authentic gyros pita sandwich, and the next day, and the next day…because gyros pita is sooo insane and delicious.

So today we made some gyros pita sandwiches. For us it’s a great way to celebrate happy memories from past trips we made.

INGREDIENTS

For the pork gyros

  • 500 g pork shoulder, cut into strips
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1/2 cup white wine

For the tzatziki sauce

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 of a cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsps lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the pita

  • 300 g all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

To serve

  • 4 pita breads
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • fried potatoes
  • fresh lettuce

Instructions

The pork gyros

Step 1: Cut the meat into equal, thin slanted slices. Transfer the meat into a bowl and mix it with chopped garlic, oregano, rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, olive oil and wine. Refrigerate and allow the meat to marinate for 6 hours or overnight.

Step 2: Let a non-stick pan get very hot over high heat, to the point where it is smoking, then add 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the meat in batches. If you overcrowd the pan, the temperature in the pan will drop and the meat will boil instead of brown nicely.

Step 3: When the meat it has browned on one side, turn over and brown on the other side.

The tzatziki sauce

Step 1: Into a large bowl, grate the cucumber, season with salt and pepper and leave it aside for 10 minutes. 

Step 2: Wrap the grated cucumber into a towel and squeeze, in order to get rid of most of the water. 

Step 3: Into a bowl, add the cucumber, the garlic and oil, the yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix. 

The pita

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.

Step 2: Slowly start integrating the water and olive oil. You should get a dough that comes away from the sides of the bowl.

Step 3: Lightly dust a surface and cut in 6 pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll out each dough ball in 20 cm rounds, approximately 5mm thick. Turn the dough clockwise to achieve the round shape.

Step 4: Heat up a skillet, brush with a bit of olive oil and cook the pita bread on medium heat for 3 minutes each side.

Assembly

To serve, spread some tzatziki sauce on the pita breads and top with the pork gyros, some slices of red onion, some sliced tomato, fresh lettuce, fries and wrap.

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