- To make the tzatziki, coarsely grate the cucumber (remove the seeds first if there are a lots) in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Let it stand for 5 minutes and then use a cheesecloth (or your hands) to squeeze most of the moisture out. Mix well with the yoghurt, garlic, mint and lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil. Cover and put in the fridge until needed to allow the flavours to develop.
- To make the pitta bread dough, put the flour, sugar and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer. Briefly mix together using the dough hook. Put the yoghurt, water, olive oil and salt in a measuring jug and mix together. Add to the flour while mixing on low speed. Keep mixing until the dough forms a ball. Cover and let it rise for an hour.
- Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and divide into 6 sections. Form them into balls and flatten using the palms of your hands. Lightly roll out using a rolling pin. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and wipe with a little olive oil. Pan fry the pittas for a few minutes on each side until brown spots appear. Set aside and cover with a damp cloth.
- To make the souvlaki: if you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes so that they don’t burn. Thread the meat onto the skewers. Mix the seasoning together and liberally season the meat on all sides. Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice. Let the meat marinate for up to half an hour.
- Heat a large frying or griddle pan and wipe with olive oil. Fry the skewers over high heat, turning frequently so that they cook evenly. Season with salt and pepper.
- When you are ready to serve, pan fry the pittas to warm them up (or brush with a little olive oil and briefly grill on the barbecue) then fill each with a little onion, tzatziki and tomatoes. Add the meat (off the skewers) and season with a little smoked paprika. Wrap the pitta around the fillings, using a little greaseproof paper to hold everything together if you like. Eat immediately!
Notes: The pitta dough can easily be made by hand. Mix everything in a bowl using a wooden spoon then briefly knead until the dough comes together.
If you are cooking the skewers on a barbecue, brush with a mix of olive oil and lemon juice while grilling. They meat only needs a few minutes to cook.
Recipe developed for Sainsbury’s #GetSummerStarted campaign. What dishes conjure up summer for you?