Do you know how to prepare Pita Gyros, one of the most typical Greek dishes? Here is the recipe, which tells you how to make a speciality that achieves a perfect balance between meat, bread and veg.
Greek cuisine offers a characteristic example of Mediterranean diet. Indeed, olive oil, fish, lamb and a great variety of vegetables are the most frequent ingredients still used in one of the world’s oldest culinary traditions. And among the most typical dishes of Greek cuisine is the Pita Gyros, a fixed item on the menus of any genuine Hellenic restaurant, whether it be a crowded bistro in Athens or a quiet tavern in a tranquil Peloponnese island.
Pita: the bread that all Arab peoples use
Greek pita is a type of leavened bread used in traditional Mediterranean food for centuries, especially in Greece and the Middle East. Its typical preparation involves cooking in a high temperature oven (c. 370°C): this causes the bread to swell up, creating the classic empty pocket in the centre, ready to be filled. The home cooked version, on the other hand, can be cooked at maximum temperature in domestic ovens, at c.240°C.
Greek pita is perfect for accompanying typical sauces like tzatziki and hummus, but it is above all the basic element for preparing stuffed kebab-type food, usually containing roast meat, like the Pita Gyros.
The Pita Gyros may resemble a kebab, but it isn’t a kebab
It looks similar to a Turkish kebab but, unlike it, the Pita Gyros is based on pork, usually marinated or flavored with spices, herbs and salt.
Usually the meat is cooked on a spit and, once the outer part has been become crispy, it is cut in thin slices and placed on or in the pita. So, in terms of cooking procedure, the Pita Gyros is indeed similar to the kebab.
As well as its pork meat, the Greek dish is also garnished with tzatziki sauce, potato chips, tomatoes, lettuce and onion.
It represents a complete and delicious dish, which is also one of the best-loved street foods in Greece, the classic representative of Greek street food.
If you’re not keen on eating pork, you can make your Pita Gyros with chicken instead, or diversify with other kinds of sauces or vegetables. However, as we like to respect traditional ethnic cuisine, here we suggest you try the most typical recipe, which for Pita Gyros means a filling with pork and tzatziki – the classic Greek sauce made with creamy yogurt, cucumbers and garlic.
Pita Gyros recipe: serving Greek cuisine
2 slices of pork
3 leaves of lettuce
extra virgin olive oil
salt according to taste