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Pork Gyro Recipe

How to Make an Authentic Greek Gyro

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I got so used to eating the darn things that I needed to figure out a way to make them on my own at home. After doing a bit of research, I found that a famous chef and a well-respected website had already covered the topic in great detail.

Traditionally, multiple cuts of pork are skewered together and slow-cooked, and finally charred on the rotisserie. In order to get that same texture and feel, I went back and forth to find the right cut of pork to put on a skewer, finally settling on pork tenderloin. Though it’s the most expensive of all pork cuts, it really takes well to the marinade and results in a tender, flavorful meat.

Sliced and stuffed into a warmed pita and topped with homemade tzatziki and other accoutrements, I promise you will soon feel painfully full in the best way possible.

Pork + Marinade

Skewered and Sliced

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz. pork tenderloin, silver skin removed and cut into 1.5″ chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • ½ Tbsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Wooden skewers

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except the skewers, of course) into a ziplock bag, seal, and marinate in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, skewer pork pieces together. Be sure not to overcrowd the skewers, as the meat will steam instead of char. You want to give a bit of space between each cut to ensure it takes on the maximum flavor during the grilling process.
  3. Place skewers on grill and cook for 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and tent with foil for 10 minutes to rest.
  4. Remove meat from skewers and slice as thin as possible for assembly.

The acidity from the yogurt and lemon juice really help to make a tender cut like pork tenderloin even more perfect. With the addition of some herbs and the overnight marinade, this meat will take on all the traditional flavors that you’ve come to love from a traditional gyro.

Tzatziki Sauce

A gyro ain’t a gyro without a great tzatziki. This yogurt sauce is infused with plenty of garlic and cucumber and is not only absolutely addictive, but healthy to boot. Try it as a dip for vegetables, on a baked potato, or basically any cut of grilled protein. I’ve simplified my version to the very basics, but you can always amp up the flavor of this sauce with fresh chopped mint should you choose.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Combine ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until evenly incorporated. Serve immediately or keep cold until ready. Keeps for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. (I’d advise adding the garlic last minute if not serving immediately.)

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What is safe temperature for poultry pork beek and other meats?

I get this question alot and the usda has an offical statement below.  Get yourself a good resturant quality thermometer.  It is quick and easy.  Just test and be safe.  Your food will be more moist since the higher internal temps just force out the moisture resulting in overcooked and dry meat.  Well unless beef jerky is your goal. 🙂

Cooking

Raw meat and poultry should always be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature. When roasting meat and poultry, use an oven temperature no lower than 325 °F. Use a food thermometer to assure that meat and poultry have reached a safe minimum internal temperature.

  • Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook meat to higher temperatures.
  • Cook all raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to an internal temperature of 160 °F as measured with a food thermometer.
  • Cook all poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/How_Temperatures_Affect_Food/index.asp

http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/05/25/cooking-meat-check-the-new-recommended-temperatures/

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