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Greek Style Lamb Burgers with Olive Mayonnaise

July 2, 2017

This is a great recipe to make for the long weekend. It is not your typical burger. It is made with lamb and super flavorful. You can substitute beef or turkey if lamb is not preferred… and don’t forget to make those yummy fries from yesterday…

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup feta crumbles
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Process the oregano, parsley, shallot and garlic in a food processor. Add the mixture to a bowl with the ground lamb. Add the salt and feta and mix and keep for an hour (it can be marinated the night before as well).

Form into 6 patties and keep aside.

Olive Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup olives, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Keep aside.

  • 6 focaccia rolls

Grill the burgers and place them on toasted focaccia rolls. Add the olive mayo and serve with potatoes and a salad.

 

 

Grilled Shrimp with Dill and Tzatziki Sauce

June 27, 2017

This is my nod to our delicious trip to Greece a couple of summers ago. All the flavors I loved and enjoyed are in this delicious dish. Perfect dish for a summer evening with a glass of Rose!!

  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • Zest of one lemon, save the lemon for juicing a bit later
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • Salt

Marinate the shrimp with the olive, dill, oregano, lemon zest, garlic and salt for at least 2 to 3 hours. Half an hour before grilling, juice the lemon into the shrimp. Skewer the shrimp and grill until just done.

Tzatziki Sauce

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup grated cucumber, excess water squeezed out (between your palm)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together, taste for seasonings and let it sit for half an hour.

Serve with freshly grilled pita and shrimp.

Greek Style Roasted Chicken Breast

June 26, 2017

How about some delicious Mediterranean style chicken today??!!

  • 2 chicken breast, sliced in half and pounded thin (making 4 cutlets)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Mix the garlic, oregano, salt, olive oil and vinegar together and marinate the chicken in the mixture for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Take out half an hour before cooking.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt

Transfer the flour, salt and pepper to a wide bowl. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour and set aside. Heat a wide frying pan with the butter and oil. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes each or until they are golden brown. Take out of pan and transfer to a 350 degrees F oven to finish cooking. In the meantime, add more oil to the pan if needed and add the onions and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and olives and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken brown and bring to a boil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or till the sauce has reduced to about half. Add the dill and salt if needed. Serve the sauce over the chicken cutlets.

Greek Style Branzino with Sautéed Spinach

February 13, 2017

I would make this for Valentine’s day… so, yummy and healthy… very garlicky but who cares if everyone will be smelling of garlic!!

  • 6 cleaned fillets of Branzino or any other white fish with skin on
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the fillets and drizzle olive oil

Sauce

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients together and keep aside.

Preheat broiler to high.

Heat a wide frying pan on medium high heat. Add the fillets, skin side down to the pan, 2 to 3 at a time. Cook for 3 minutes on medium high heat and transfer to a cookie sheet, skin side down. Finish cooking all the fillets and transfer the cookie sheet to the broiler. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes or till the fish is cooked or opaque. Serve warm with a drizzle of the oregano sauce.

Sauteed Spinach

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Heat a wide frying pan with the oil. Add the garlic and sauté on medium heat for 15 to 20 seconds. Add the spinach and cook on high heat till it wilts. Continue sautéing on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt and serve with a garnish of feta cheese.

 

Roast Chicken with Orzo and Kale

September 28, 2016

This is a great, yummy, one pot meal to make through the week- doesn’t take very long but it tastes like you have spent hours cooking it!

  • 5 to 6 chicken thighs with skin on
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Marinate the chicken thighs in an oven-proof pan with the lemon, dill, oregano, garlic and salt. Mix well with fingers and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge. Take out of the fridge 30 minutes before roasting. Preheat oven on 400 degrees. Roast for 30 minutes. Turn the broiler on and broil the chicken pieces until they are golden brown. Take out of the oven and keep aside. It is okay if the chicken is not cooked through.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups orzo
  • 3 cups chicken broth plus more if necessary
  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • Salt

Heat a saucepan with butter and oil. Add the orzo and sauté on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer and add the chicken pieces including the lemon pieces and let simmer for about ten minutes or till the pasta is cooked and the chicken is cooked through. Add the kale slowly till all is wilted. Add more broth if necessary. Take the lemon pieces out. Mix and check for seasonings. Serve warm.

 

 

Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower and Dill

August 16, 2016

The roast chicken from yesterday was served on this yummy concoction..

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat the oil in a small pan and add the broth and salt. Bring to boil, add the couscous, cover with lid and turn the heat off. Let it sit for 10 minutes, take lid off and fluff with a fork. Keep aside.

  • 1 small cauliflower head (I used a broccoflower), cut into florets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt

Place the florets on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix well and roast in a 400 degrees oven for 30 minutes. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the green onions and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the currants, roasted cauliflower and cooked couscous. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until everything is incorporated and heated through. Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Garnish with dill and serve.

 

Greek Style Potato Salad

November 1, 2015

This potato salad is yummy with lots of great flavors like oregano, olives and dills. I prefer my potato salad with a lemon dressing and this one has amazing crunch with cucumbers and pine nuts. It is a great side with burgers or any meat or fish!

  • 4 to 5 large yellow skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch dice

Dressing

  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook till the potatoes are soft but not mushy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour the dressing and mix well and keep aside.

  • ½ English cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Add all the ingredients to the warm, dressed potatoes. Mix well and check for seasonings. Let the potatoes sit for at least an hour before serving.