Greek meat balls – keftedes

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb ground beef
2 medium onions
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 cup water
5 bread slices, moistened
1 chopped parsley or mint
1 egg
1 clove garlic

1 1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

1. Combine all ingredients. Shape into small balls, or large flat cakes.
2. Roll in flour; fry in vegetable oil. Makes 30 small keftedes.
Note: can use chopped oregano with, or instead of, parsley and/or mint.

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Sesame Chicken Strips

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp dried minced onions
2 tsp dry mustard
1 cup crushed butter flavored crackers
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 lb boneless chicken breast (or chicken tenders)

Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp honey

How to prepare

Combine mayonnaise, onion and mustard. In another bowl combine crackers and sesame seeds. Cut chicken lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips. Dip into mayonnaise mixture and then cracker mixture. Place in a single layer on greased baking sheet. Bake at 425’F for 15-18 min. Combine ingredients for sauce and serve as a dip with the chicken.

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Saganaki – fried cheese

Ingredients

1/3 lb kefalotyri or kasseri cheese
2 tbsp butter
1 lemon (juice only)

How to prepare

Cut the cheese into bite-sized cubes. Melt the butter in a”saganaki” (or another frying pan), and fry the cheese on all sides until crusty and chestnut colored. Squeeze lemon juice over the cheese and serve with bread, other appetizers, and wine or ouzo.

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Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients

1/2 cup Bread crumbs, dry
2/3 cup Milk or water
1 Egg
2 tsp Onion; minced
1 1/4 ts Salt
1/8 ts Pepper
1/8 ts Nutmeg
1/3 lb Ground beef
1/3 lb Ground pork
1/3 lb Ground veal
2 tsp Butter or margarine
1/4 cup water

How to prepare

Stir bread crumbs into milk or water; mix well. Beat in unbeaten egg and minced onion. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and ground beef; mix thoroughly.
Divide meat mixture into 50 to 60 even portions. Shape into sm balls. Melt butter or margarine in skillet. Add meatballs; brown thoroughly, shaking pan occasionally to keep balls round. Add water; cover skillet. Simmer 20 minutes. Yield: 50 meatballs

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Falafel – deep fried chick pea balls

Ingredients

1/2 cup burghul wheat (fine)
1 1/2 cups torn pocket bread
2 cups canned chick peas drained (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp cilantro, minced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
oil for frying(peanut oil works well)

How to prepare

1) in a deep plate, add wheat and spread out evenly, then add enough water to cover. Let soak until soft, then drain. Set aside.
2) soak torn bread in water, until moistened, then squeeze as much water as possible out of bread. Set aside.
3) in a food processor combine remaining ingredients, process until smooth. Then add wheat & bread and process until well incorporated.
4) let mixture rest for a half hour, then form 1″ balls
5) in a electric skillet set at 400

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Provincial style stuffed eggs

Ingredients

6 hardcooked eggs
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp mayonnaise
6 to 8 oil cured black olives, pitted and chopped fine
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
2 anchovies, finely mashed
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely minced

How to prepare

Cut a tiny little sliver off each end of the hardcooked egg cut eggs in half Crosswise in a sm food processor bowl combine egg yolks and all other Ingredients process until smooth Using a pastry bag outfitted with a lg decorator tip, pipe filling into the egg White mound the filling sprinkle filling with a bit of finely minced flat leaf Parsley

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Stuffed grape leaves – armenian

Ingredients

2/3 cup peanut or safflower oil
4 onions, minced
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp allspice
juice of 3 lemons
1 cup good olive oil
1/4 cup tomato sauce (optional)

2 cup long grain white rice
1 1/2 cups water
salt and pepper
fresh mint to taste (optional)
80 cured young, tender grape leaves

How to prepare

Saut

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Tequila hamma hamma oysters

Ingredients

24 freshly shucked hamma hamma oysters
1/3 cup finely diced seedless cucumbers
2 tbsp finely diced red bell pepper
2 tbsp finely diced poblano chile
1/2 tbsp finely chopped serrano chile
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
black pepper
sea salt
frozen jose cuervo traditional tequila

How to prepare

Combine the cucumber, peppers, chilies, lime juice, cilantro and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Arrange the oysters on a platter with crushed ice. Spoon about 1/2 tbsp of the relish over each oyster. Just before serving sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of tequila.

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Quattro formaggi – williams sonoma pizza book

Ingredients

Potato pizza dough:
1 boiling potato, 5 oz.
1 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for working
1 tsp salt

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

2 oz gorgonzola
2 oz fresh goat cheese
2 oz fontina’
2 oz mozzarella
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

How to prepare

Boil the potato in water to cover until tender, 20-30 minutes; drain and peel while still hot. Meanwhile, in a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand until slightly foamy on top, about ten minutes. In a large bowl stir together the 2 1/2 cups flour and the salt. Pass the hot peeled potato through a sieve into the bowl and form the mixture into a mound. Make a well in the center of the mound and add the yeast mixture to the well. Using a fork and stirring in a circular motion, gradually pull the flour and potato into the yeast mixture. Continue stirring until a dough forms. Let rise in an oiled bowl until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with the remaining flour. Shape your pizza as desired, let rise on a peel dusted with cornmeal for about 15 minutes and proceed. Makes enough dough for a 12″ thin-crust or a 9″ thick crust pizza.
Preheat an oven to 450f. If using a baking stone or tiles, place in the oven now. Place the gorgonzola and goat cheeses in the freezer to make them easier to slice. Thinly slice the four cheese separately. Shape the pizza dough and top with the cheeses. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven to 400f and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Drizzle the oil over the top and serve immediately.

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Mexican deviled eggs

Ingredients

8 hard-cooked eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup salsa
2 tbsp sliced green onions
1 tbsp sour cream
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks and set whites aside in a sm bowl, mash yolks with cheese, mayonnaise, salsa, onions, sour cream and salt evenly fill the egg whites, filling will be creamy serve immediately or chill until ready to serve

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