The best gyros you'll ever eat. Za'atar is sublime. Absolutely sublime.
You should be able to buy za'atar at most large supermarkets. Definitely worth the trip.
To make sure the pork skin is crackly, just whack it under the girll for 5 minutes at the end of the slow roast. Make sure to keep an eye on it though, so it doesn't burn.
COOKING TIME (INCLUDES PREPARATION TIME): 2 hours 45 minutes
800g Pork Belly - £3.00
Pot of Yogurt - £1.00
1 Cucumber - £0.45
Bunch of Mint - £0.70
2 Red Onions - £0.12
Bunch of Parsley - £0.70
2 Lemons - £0.70
4 Vine Tomatoes - £0.52
Za’atar Seasoning - £1.69
4 Pittas - £0.50
Total Cost - £9.68 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.
Preheat oven to 170°C/338°F.
Place your pork belly on a baking tray. Score the skin diagonally in each direction to create diamonds on the skin. Add 3 heaped teaspoons of za’atar, a teaspoon of crushed garlic, a large pinch of salt, pepper and a glug of olive oil. Get your hands involved and mix everything together, rubbing the za’atar into the meat.
Make sure the pork is skin side up. Sprinkle some more salt on the skin, and then place in the oven for 2 and a half hours.
Pickled onion time. Finely slice 2 red onions. Place in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the onions, and add a good pinch of salt. Scrunch the lemons and salt into the onions, and then place the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Tzatziki time. Into a bowl, add a 500g tub of yogurt, a grated cucumber (remember to squeeze the gratings to get rid off the excess water), the zest of a lemon and juice of a whole lemon, salt, pepper, a large handful of chopped mint and olive oil. Mix everything together and set aside.
Tomato time. Finely chop up your tomatoes and add into a bowl with a heaped teaspoon of za’atar, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix everything together.
Just before you take out the pork, add a handful of chopped parsley to the onions and mix it in. This will ensure the parsley doesn’t get soggy.
After 2 and a half hours in the oven, the pork should be done. To make sure the skin is crackly, just leave the pork under the grill for 5 minutes, checking it regularly to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Remove the pork from the oven and carve it up into slices.
Assembly time. Take a warm pitta, and spoon in some tzatziki. Then add a good spoon of the pickled onions. Add a generous helping of the pork, topped with tomatoes and a dollop more of the tzatziki, and serve! Enjoy!