Souvlaki (soo-vlah-kee) is the term used to describe “little skewers” of meat that are marinated in a wonderful red wine marinade and then grilled. Souvlakia are traditionally wrapped in pita bread and then topped with a variety of condiments – lettuce, tomato, onion, and of course, the famed tzatziki sauce. They are also quite delicious without the pita and trimmings.
To marinate meat:
Cut tenderloin into bite-size chunks and put into a Tupperware with remaining marinade ingredients.
Swish everything around to distribute, put in fridge and forget for a day (this long marination is not absolutely necessary- but longer means more flavour. If you haven’t the time, just do what you can).
When ready to BBQ, skewer meat onto metal or wooden skewers (remember to soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 1/2 an hour first) and bbq until the meat is nicely brown all over
To prepare the fixings:
As you are barbecuing the meat, brush as many pita breads as there are souvlaki generously with olive oil and put on the bbq to crisp slightly or alternatively, into a hot frying pan, and cook about 30-45 seconds per side or until starting to brown and give off a ‘toasty’ smell.
Have cut some squares of foil a bit larger than the pita breads.
Put a square in the palm of your hand and lay a pita in the centre sitting in your flat palm.
Take a skewer of meat and place in center of pita.
Squeeze palm shut around meat to get a grip with the pita and pull out skewer, leaving meat inside the bread.
Open up your palm slightly, making the pita gape open and throw in some onion, slices of tomato, a good dollop of tzatziki, some parsley, along with a healthy shake of salt.
Roll sandwich up by squeezing palm again (gently this time as the salad stuff is inside) and enclosing neatly with the foil, giving a twist on the bottom