I have this thing for Greece and all things greek food related. Those who follow my blog might know that I spent all my childhood holidays there. We went there a few times a year and even made friends and played with local kids. My parents hung out with locals to and we used to go out to dinner with them or at their homes.
And when you hang out with locals you really get the best food ever. The real deal is in the homes of the Greek.
Don’t be put off by the length of the ingredients list! The marinade for the beef is so amazing that you can use it on any meat and also great for when you’re having a Bbq. The red wine vinegar is what makes it really greek to me, it’s what they use over there, not lemon juice like some may expect, not in this dish at least.
The smell when the beef is cooking is incredible – you can really smell the oregano and it takes you to Greece straight away. If you ever go to Greece make sure to bring back some Oregano, they sell it dried in bushes and it’s the best you’ll ever find.
Serves: 4 – 6
- 2 lb / 1 kg beef (steak), thinly sliced
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and grated
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1½ tbsp dried oregano
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of ground cloves
- a pinch of dry mint
- 1/2 tsp dry chili flakes
- salt and pepper
Cucumber Pomegranate Salsa:
- 1 large beef tomato, deseeded and diced
- 1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- ½ red spanish onion, peeled and finely chopped
- a pinch of sugar
- salt and pepper
- a drizzle of olive oil
- a little squeeze of lemon juice
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 tsp.dry mint
- 1/2 tsp. dry oregano
- 4 – 6 Tortillas or pitas
- extra lettuce
- more Feta to crumble on top
- Place the Marinade ingredients and the beef in a ziplock bag and massage to mix. Marinate for at least 2 hours or up to 6. Remove from marinade and skewer on to wooden or metal pins alternating with pepper and onion pieces.
- Combine ingredients in a bowl.
- Heat a griddle pan over high heat.
- Cook the skewers on high for a few minutes until crispy and brown then turn them over and cook for an other two minutes.
- Remove and serve straight away.
- Get a tortilla or pita and place it on a piece of parchment paper or a plate.
- Place onions and lettuce down the middle if desired.
- Place some Beef down the middle and then top with salsa and feta.