Saturday, May 17, 2008


Slovakia is a very common food in Greece and its neighboring countries, normally it is made up of chunks of marinated lamb that is skewered and grilled. I did a verison of this with large chunks of pork called "Souvlakia Hirina"marinated with red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, cumin, garlic, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, this was allowed to marinade for a few hours then threaded onto bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water to prevent burning. It was faster for me to broil these instead of firing up the grill. Basted with marinade as it cooked to a crispy brown. In addition to the meat I rolled out some bread dough and cooked these small rounds on the pizza stone to resemble pita bread, a simple Greek style cucumber and cherry tomato salad was made also. To go with the skewers a simple plain yogurt sauce was made with shredded cucumber, lemon juice and ground cumin. It all came together and was Delicious.

For the Souvlakia:
1 pound large diced pork
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 T dried oregano
1 T ground cumin
1 dash kosher salt
1 t ground cinnamon
4 crushed garlic cloves

Yogurt sauce:
1 cucumber, shredded
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup chopped parsley
dash lemon juice
1 crushed garlic clove
ground pepper

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