Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Greek Souvlaki

Descended from Greeks, there’s no doubt that I’ve eaten Souvlaki (a popular Greek food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer) several times in my life at restaurants, while visiting friends and family, and by preparing it at home. There are a number of ways to prepare this meal; here’s one from one of my cookbooks.

Greek Souvlaki

2 garlic cloves crushed
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (I use canola)
4 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (2 tablespoons dry)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound pork or chicken

In a bowl, mix together garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cut meat into ¾-inch cubes. Add meat to marinade and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours (I usually leave it in the fridge all day).

Thread meat onto skewers (I add red peppers and cherry tomatoes). Preheat grill or broiler.

Cook, turning occasionally, 10 minutes or until meat is cooked.

Makes 6 servings.



  1. Hey Martha girl !
    I will have to write this one down for sure .. I just know John is going to want to do THIS on the BBQ !
    It looks scrumptious !!
    I have to rein myself in and clean house today .. yuck .. I want to play in the garden more ? .. even though I said I was going to curl up into a ball and lay on the floor for a week sucking my thumb ? LOL
    Don't forget .. I have that nepeta cataria "nip" plant for you !

  2. Yum, your making me hungry! Wish we had more stable weather here in Ireland so we could BBQ more often.

  3. Aaaah souvlaki. I adore all grilled and skewered food. There's a very similar recipe all over Russia - shashlik. It actually hails from the caucasus, and it's lamb marinated in onions and tomatoes with a small splash of vinegar of lemon juice and a ton of black pepper. If we ever get to meet in real life, we'll definitely have to have a cookout.

  4. Shashlik sounds wonderful, tatianak. I should look it up on the internet. I love trying new recipes!

    Stone art, I dodn't mean to tease anyone with this wonderful food...or do I? Sorry for making you feel hungry! :) Hope your weather gets better soon.

  5. Joy, my dear, you will really enjoy this recipe! It's delicious, and very simple to prepare.

    I've been cleaning house and catching up on chores for the past couple of days. I'm sooooo tired, and I really needed a break from the garden. But tomorrow...I make no promises to be good. Tomorrow, I will spend the day in the garden if the weather permits!