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The best junk food ever: Gyros pita

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I realized how much I had missed my home country’s junk food, when I came to Finland. I appreciate Finnish food (especially this time of the year when mushrooms, berries and roots thrive); however after a big night out (or sometimes the day after), I have to admit that a heavy oil-dripping pita-wrapped shredded gyros is the best my stomach can have.

If you share my pain (the pain of a great hangover that is), try my gyros recipe below. It’s the simplest thing ever!

What you will need:

  • 1/2 kilos boneless pork meat
  • ½ cup of shredded parsley
  • 1 small garlic clove (shredded)
  • Balsamico
  • Cumin, oregano, salt, pepper
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • Pitas (for the wrapping)
  • Fresh thinly-cut (not shredded) tomatoes and onion for the side dishes

 

Step 1
Cut the pork meat in very small portions and mix it in a big bowl along with olive oil, vinegar and all spices (garlic, parsley, oregano, cumin, salt, lemon and pepper). Put the mix in the fridge and let it suck the liquids for approximately one hour.

Step 2
Cut the potatoes in small and thin slices. Mix with oregano and salt.
Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a deep pan (medium heat). Fry the potato wedges till they turn a bit brown. Set aside, either in the oven or under a paper sheet, to keep warm

Step 3
Put some olive oil in a pan (the oil must cover the bottom), in medium heat. Toss in the marinated meat. Cook till nicely done. Stir frequently. Take out when ready.

Step 4
Put the pitas in a pan (with a tiny bit of olive oil – trust be the taste will be awesome!) in medium heat for one minute per side. If you do not have any pitas, you can try wheat tortillas instead.

Step 5
Serve the meat, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and pitas (or tortillas) in separate plates so that you or your hangovered friends can mix the ingredients themselves. Toss some fresh spices and fresh lemon juice on top.

Ta-daaaa!

A fresh, juicy gyros pita wrap
A fresh, juicy gyros pita wrap

A great taste addition for this recipe is tzatziki, a simple and fresh mix of yogurt, cucumber and garlic.

Check my tzatziki recipe here!

Published in Food Lifestyle Travelling

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