Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pork Souvlaki with Lemon Greek Potatoes

Instead if getting this at the mall's food court, try making your own at home.  It will be way better for you. 

I got the recipe from Best Recipes Ever website, but the Greek potatoes is my mom's recipe.  I really think my mom nailed it with the right amount of lemony flavour and soft texture.  So easy too!

I served the souvlaki and potatoes with rice, and a simple Greek salad with alfalfa sprouts.  You can also fold the salad into your pita with the pork. 

Ingredients for the souvlaki:

For the pork:

1 1/2 Pounds of pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Large clove garlic, minced
1 Tsp dried Italian herbs
1/2 Tsp of Kosher salt 
1/4 Tsp freshly ground pepper 
4 Greek-style pocketless pitas


1 Cup cucumber, shredded
1/2 Tsp salt 
3/4 Cup Balkan-style plain yogurt
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1  Lemon, freshly squeezed

Mix cucumber with salt; let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out moisture. In small bowl, mix cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and lemon juice.

Meanwhile, trim and cut pork into 1-inch  cubes. In large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, Italian herbs, salt and pepper; add pork and stir to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes or cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.
Thread pork onto metal skewers; brush with any remaining marinade. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning halfway through, until juices run clear with pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside, about 12 minutes. Remove from skewers.

Ingredients for the potatoes:

6 Large potatoes, peeled, cut into large wedges 
2 Garlic cloves, minced 
1/2 Cup of olive oil 
1 Cup of water
1 Tbs of dried Italian herbs
1 Lemon, freshly squeezed 
Kosher salt, to taste 
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the potatoes:

Preheat the oven to 420F.

Combine all the ingredients into a baking dish large enough to hold the potatoes.  Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.  Give everything a good toss with your hands.  Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and golden brown. 

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