My Homemade “Souv” (Souvlaki) Gyro Pita Recipe

There's something truly special about savouring the rich flavours of a traditional souvlaki, especially when it's made with a personal touch. In my take on this beloved Greek dish, succulent lamb steals the spotlight alongside homemade Greek pita bread, zesty tzatziki sauce, and a medley of aromatic herbs and spices.

If you're a souvlaki enthusiast, affectionately known as "Souv," or eager to explore Mediterranean cuisine, this recipe is a must-try. But the culinary journey doesn't end there – dive into other delightful dishes like Pork Skewers with Yogurt Lemon Sauce, Greek Lamb Burger Bowl, or Bifteki - The Greek Burger!

Souvlaki holds a special place in Greek cuisine, offering a healthier alternative to traditional fast food. Crafted with fresh ingredients, it features small, grilled meat pieces served on skewers or wrapped in pita with tomatoes, onions, and tangy tzatziki sauce.

While pork is the star of traditional souvlaki, chicken, beef, or lamb are equally popular choices. What distinguishes each souvlaki is the unique marinade, homemade tzatziki sauce, and dedication to authenticity – from using olive oil for cooking to crafting freshly made gyro and real potato fries.

In my homemade souvlaki gyro pita recipe, I marinate lamb loin chops to perfection before briefly grilling them. The real magic happens when these tender, flavourful slices are combined with juicy tomatoes, crisp onions, and the optional indulgence of creamy feta cheese. Homemade pitas are amazing with this dish, but store-bought Greek pitas are equally suitable. And let's not forget the pièce de resistance – the tzatziki sauce, bursting with freshness and flavour.

Whether you opt for French fries or not, each bite of souvlaki is a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine at its finest. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary journey to Greece with this homemade souvlaki gyro pita recipe. Your taste buds will thank you.

A few extra words on one of the key ingredients to both my souv – Olive Oil.

Beyond Salad Dressing: Exploring the Versatility

Traditionally, you might reserve such oil for dressing salads, but let me tell you a secret – they're not just for salads anymore. Marinating your succulent cuts of meat in a concoction of Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh herbs. The acid in the lemon juice not only infuses the meat with flavour but also tenderizes it, leaving you with melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Unveiling the Secret to a Good Marinade

Now, you might wonder, what's the secret to a good marinade? It's simple – base ingredients. An acidic component such as citrus tenderizes the meat, while herbs and spices add depth of flavour. And when it comes to marinating safely, remember to avoid metal containers and opt for plastic or glass instead.

Dispelling Myths: Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

But can you cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil? There's a common misconception that it's not suitable for cooking due to its smoke point. However, research has shown otherwise. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not only safe for cooking, but it's also one of the healthiest and most stable oils available.

Understanding Stability: The Science Behind Cooking Oils

Understanding the smoke point is key. While Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a lower smoke point compared to some refined oils, it's still suitable for most domestic cooking temperatures. Plus, factors like antioxidant levels and fat profile play a significant role in determining an oil's stability.

Choosing the Right Cooking Oil: A Healthier Approach

Exploring the Best and Avoiding the Rest

As foodie connoisseurs, we understand the importance of selecting the finest ingredients to elevate our culinary creations. When it comes to cooking oils, not all are created equal. Some oils shine brightly under high heat, while others should be reserved for cooler applications. Let's delve into the world of healthier cooking oils, exploring their benefits and learning which ones to avoid.

The Importance of Good Cooking Oils

Cooking oils play a crucial role in our daily culinary adventures, whether we're frying up crispy delights, sautéing vegetables to perfection, or drizzling over salads for a burst of flavour. However, the healthiness of an oil isn't just about its initial quality off the grocery shelf. It's equally important to consider how well it holds up under heat during cooking.

When oils reach their smoke point, they begin to break down, releasing harmful compounds and creating an unpleasant taste. This breakdown can lead to the formation of free radicals, which may contribute to various health issues. Additionally, certain oils, when heated, release acrolein, a substance that can be harmful to lung health.

Discovering Healthier Cooking Oils

  1. Olive Oil: With a smoke point of approximately 350°F (176°C), olive oil is a versatile choice for various cooking methods. Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, such as oleic acid and oleocanthal, olive oil offers numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and potential protection against chronic diseases.
  2. Avocado Oil: Boasting a high smoke point of about 520°F (271°C), avocado oil is ideal for high-heat cooking, such as deep frying. Its neutral taste and nutritional profile, similar to olive oil, make it a popular choice for both sweet and savoury dishes. Avocado oil may help support heart health, lower blood pressure, and enhance nutrient absorption.
  3. Sesame Oil: With a medium-high smoke point of approximately 410°F (210°C), sesame oil adds a delightful nutty flavour to dishes while offering potential neuroprotective effects and blood sugar management benefits. Whether used for sautéing, cooking, or as a salad dressing, sesame oil lends a unique taste to culinary creations.
  4. Safflower Oil: Known for its high smoke point of around 510°F (265°C), safflower oil is a versatile option for various cooking techniques. Low in saturated fat and rich in unsaturated fatty acids, safflower oil may help reduce the risk of heart disease and support overall health.

Understanding Oil Quality and Processing

The quality and nutritional composition of cooking oils can vary significantly based on factors such as processing methods and fatty acid profiles. While highly refined oils may have a higher smoke point, unrefined oils retain more natural flavour and nutrients. It's essential to choose oils rich in antioxidants and stable fatty acids for optimal health benefits.

Avoiding Unsuitable Cooking Oils

Not all oils are suitable for high-heat cooking. Some oils, such as fish oil, flax oil, palm oil, and walnut oil, have low smoke points and are best reserved for cold preparations. Additionally, ethical considerations may come into play, as the production of certain oils, like palm oil, has been linked to environmental issues such as deforestation.

Selecting the right cooking oil is essential for maintaining both flavour and health in your culinary creations. By choosing healthier cooking oils that withstand high temperatures and offer nutritional benefits, you can elevate your cooking game while supporting your well-being.

Remember to explore the gourmet selection of cooking oils and other essential ingredients available at With quality ingredients at your fingertips, your culinary adventures are bound to reach new heights of flavour and excellence.

Embracing a Gourmet Lifestyle: PetitsTresors Promise

So, what does this mean for you? It means that incorporating Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil into your cooking not only enhances the flavour of your dishes but also offers a myriad of health benefits. And by choosing quality ingredients from PetitsTresors, you're not just improving your own well-being but also supporting a commitment to excellence.


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