Foodie Vocab #16: Souvlaki

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: souvlaki (noun).

Please choose the most appropriate definition of souvlaki:

a.) A popular Indian dish made my marinating chicken drumsticks and placing them in a tandoor oven.
b.) A Thai appetizer of sliced or diced chicken, beef or other meat served on a skewer with peanut dipping sauce.
c.) A Greek fast food consisting of pieces of meat grilled on a skewer.
d.) A dish made of seasoned rice and often meat by browning the rice in oil and cooking it in seasoned chickened broth.


The correct answer is c.) A Greek fast food consisting of pieces of meat grilled on a skewer.

The type of souvlaki I have the most experience with is chicken. Kevin of Closet Cooking makes a droolworthy Chicken Souvlaki (pictured above) that incorporates a lot of that Greek flavor to look for when eating souvlaki. If I’m eating hefty grilled chunks of chicken flavored with oregano, lemon and yogurt, I’m a happy camper.


But souvlaki doesn’t just come in chicken variety – it can be made from beef, lamb, turkey, and even pork. Pictured above is a rendition of beef souvlaki from a blog called Souvlaki for the Soul (this stuff is that good, some people name their blogs after it). Her recipe is unfortunately kept a secret but we can all drool over this wonderful picture.

More Souvlaki Recipes:
Greek Souvlaki

Middle Eastern Souvlaki

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  • KennyT

    I’m always having a secret affair with Greek food, the Greek people eat so well!

  • Deborah Dowd

    Just one of the reasons the Greeks were the cradle of civilization!My favorite Greek dish is pastitsio.

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