As you will see over time, a lot of different ethnic influences inspire my flavor palate . I am Egyptian. I have never lived there but my parents immigrated to the U.S. from Cairo a few years before I was born. The culture was definitely ingrained in me while I was growing up. Think “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” if you want to get a sense of what my crazy, yet very loveable extended family is like.
The flavors I grew up on are also similar to a lot of those found in Greek foods. Staples in my home as well as at family gatherings usually included dips and foods like tzatziki, hummus, babaganoush, tahini, stuffed grape leaves, lamb, pita, baklava, etc. Unfortunately, due to my children’s severe sesame and nut allergies, I cannot enjoy many of those foods at home, especially the dips and desserts. Additionally, after being diagnosed with celiac last October, I could no longer have some of my favorite Greek foods including chicken or beef souvlaki in a pita.
I decided to create my own substitute, Skirt Steak Souvlaki Sliders, and it tasted great! I no longer feel deprived! I’m very happy I found Schar’s gluten free classic white rolls. They are a very good hamburger bun substitute and I really enjoy them toasted up on the grill with this combo. This is simple and easy to prepare. A lot of the ingredients were already on hand so I was able to pull it together pretty quickly.
- 1.5 lb marinated skirt steak, trimmed
- 1 red onion, sliced thin and marinated in 1 tbl white vinegar in a shallow dish for about 10 minutes
- ½ C Tzatziki Sauce (I usually have Hannah's in the fridge. I buy it from Costco and it is Gluten Free. You can also make your own.)
- Small salad of chopped romaine lettuce (1 head), Tomato (2-3) and Yellow Pepper (1) topped with feta cheese crumbles (1/2 cup)
- 4 Schar Gluten Free Classic White Rolls* (or any bun of your choice)
- Steak Marinade
- 3 tbl soy sauce
- 1 tbl worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbl canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp cumin
- salt and pepper
- *Schar Gluten Free Classic White Rolls are peanut free, however, they contain lupine protein, which can be a risk for those with peanut allergies. My peanut allergic son has tolerated them well but, since he is not gluten free, I usually opt to give him regular hamburger rolls. UDI's has gluten free hamburger buns that do not have lupine but they do have eggs.
- Mix together marinade and put it with trimmed steak in an air-tight ziploc bag. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
- Heat up grill or grill pan
- Assemble chopped greek salad
- Place vinegar-marinated onions on foil and on the grill
- Place skirt steak on grill and cook to desired doneness
- Toast hamburger buns on top rack of grill or in a toaster if you are using a grill pan
- Assemble sliders by placing skirt steak on bun, adding about 1-2 tbl of tzatziki, topping with grilled onions and chopped salad with feta cheese
- Dig in!