My kids love gyros but the frozen ones you can buy at the store lack the special taste and cuke sauce that the authentic ones have. This is a quick to fix copycat that also has the cuke sauce. It is a nice change of pace. Marinating time is not included. Posted for the Zaar World tour to Greece.
- 4 (5 ounce) boneless pork chops
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 medium peeled and chopped cucumber
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried dill
- 4 halfed pita bread rounds
- 1 small thinly sliced red onion
- Cut pork chops crosswise into thin slices, place in a large resealable bag.
- Combine olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, garlic and oregano.
- Pour marinade over pork, seal bag and refrigerate for 1 to 8 hours.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together yogurt, cucumber, garlic and dill.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Drain marinade from pork chops and place pork in a single layer on a shallow pan. Roast until crisp, about 10 minutes.
- Open each pita half to form a pocket. Distribute pork among each half.
- Top each sandwich with some chilled yogurt mixture and sliced onions.
I made some modifications to ours, but we still really enjoyed it. I added about a 1/4 tsp basil to the marinade, some sea salt, pepper, & a pinch of sugar. Also I only used about 2T of lemon juice since I used fresh-squeezed & didn't want it to over power the pork. Then, I placed my pork strips OVER sliced red & yellow onions in a 9x13 pan, and baked them about 20 minutes at 350. To the cucumber sauce, i just added salt & pepper. It was a great combo of flavors, & I'll be making it again! Wonderful summer time dinner. I served i it with "KittenCals Famous Greek Salad". Yummmmmm!
This just didn't work for us. I marinaded the pork strips for 3 hours. When I put them in the baking dish they were already turning white in color due to the lemon juice. It had a little too much lemony taste, but it was still relatively good. The cuke sauce needed some salt or something - but I know that is a personal taste. This is a good base recipe and I will play with it to make it to our taste - so thanks for posting! Made for I Recommend Tag game.
I too had a little trouble getting the meat to brown, I think I could cut it a little thinner or even shave it so the meat will marinate even more and cook faster. Maybe even cook the meat in a skillet... The marinade was excellent, I was thinking it would be strange because of the mustard or lack flavor since there is no added salt, but my husband and I agreed that it was very good as it was. hmm, the possibilities for making this good recipe even better will keep bringing us back to this alternative to fried pork chops! UPDATE: Made this as a marinade for pork chops and cooked them in a skillet. Yum! served with warm cabbage salad and mashed potatoes. The only off-put is the bright yellow color!