Greek lemon baste for chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients. Makes 3/4 cup. Enough for 3 lb of chicken.
To use: brush on skinned chicken pieces, quarters or halves and let marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling.

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Beef moussaka

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp snipped parsley
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 can tomato sauce (8oz)

1/4 cup dry red wine
1 medium eggplant
1 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Heat oven to 375′. Cook and stir meat and onion in large skillet until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir in parsley, 1 tsp salt, the pepper, nutmeg, tomato sauce and wine; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Pare eggplant and cut into 1/2″ slices. Arrange half the eggplant slices in ungreased baking dish, 11 3/4×7 1/2×1 3/4″; top with remaining eggplant slices and meat mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until eggplant is tender, about 40 minutes. Beat eggs, milk and 1/2 tsp salt; pour over hot casserole and sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered until custard is set, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then cut into squares.

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Greek pizza w/ feta and pancetta

Ingredients

1 pizza dough
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
10-15 greek olives, cut into halves
2 sm roma tomatoes, diced
3 strips bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper

How to prepare

Add the peppers and onion to 1 1/2 tsp olive oil or spray the skillet with two coatings of cooking spray. Using low heat, saut

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Rigani cheese bread

Ingredients

1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup -tepid (110 f) water
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
3 cup whole wheat flour, or more
2 tbsp dried rigani; crumbled
1/2 tbsp dried mint; finely crumbled

3/4 lb feta cheese; well drained,- finely crumbled
1 egg yolk; beaten with:
2 tbsp -warm water

How to prepare

Sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside in a warm place until foamy, about 10 minutes. Whisk in 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the salt.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center, and pour in the yeast mixture. Knead 10 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary to make a firm elastic dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, tightly cover with plastic wrap, and set aside for 2 hours in a warm draft-free spot.
Knead in the rigani, mint, and feta until evenly distributed throughout the dough. Lightly oil a heavy baking sheet and place the dough in the center. Form into a round loaf and flatten to a thickness of 2″. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour in a warm draft-free spot. The dough will rise only slightly.
Heat the oven to 350 f.
With a sharp thin blade, slash the top of the loaf diagonally in 2 or 3 parallel lines, brush with the remaining olive oil, and bake 25 minutes. Brush with the beaten egg yolk and bake 15 minutes longer, or until the bread is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Servings: 12

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Grecian Skillet Rib Eyes

Ingredients

5 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
5 1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 lb steak, rib eye
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp crumbled feta cheese
1 tbsp chopped kalamata

How to prepare

Combine first 5 ingredients; rub onto all sides of steaks. Pour oil into a lg nonstick skillet, place over med heat until hot. Add steaks, and cook 10 to 14 minutes or to desired degree of doneness, turning once. Sprinkle with lemon juice; top with cheese and olives. Yield: 2 to 4 Southern Living

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Soutzoukakia smyrneika sausages, smryna style

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter; melted
1 lb tomatoes; peeled
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
3 garlic cloves; crushed
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 small bay leaf

1 lb lean ground beef
2 bread slices*
1 tsp ground cumin
1 egg; lightly beaten
2 tsp parsley; minced
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1 pn freshly ground pepper

1 oil for frying

How to prepare

*Note: remove crusts from bread slices, soak bread in water and squeeze dry. Combine the melted butter, tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, 1 clove of garlic, wine, and bay leaf in a saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve or food mill. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and knead thoroughly. (the mixture should not be stiff.) Pinch off pieces a little larger than a walnut and shape with the hands into elongated egg shapes about 1 3″. Fry them lightly on all sides in hot oil and then drain on paper towels, or arrange them on a baking dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning once. Drop the soutzoukia in sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a steaming grain dish and fresh, cooked vegetables or salad.

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Garlic soup – skordozoumi

Ingredients

1 garlic head
3 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 lb feta cheese (ideally, 1/2 feta and 1/2 mezithra)
1 cup yogurt
2 eggs, beaten until very frothy

Salt and pepper

How to prepare

Separate the cloves of garlic and peel them. Slice into thin slivers. Bring the water and olive oil to a boil, add the garlic and salt and pepper, and simmer for 3 minutes. Crumble the cheese into small pieces and add to the soup. Beat the yogurt until creamy and add it to the soup. Stir over a very low heat for 2-3 minutes; do not let it boil. Remove the soup from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Then rapidly stir the beaten eggs into the soup and serve. Serves 4-6.

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Green beans braised with mint & potatoes

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil & margarine, mixed
1 cup tomato juice or sauce
1 lb fresh green beans – trimmed, cut
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, opt.
2 med potatoes; peeled
salt & freshly ground pepper
chopped fresh mint

How to prepare

Heat the fat in an enameled pan and mix in the tomato juice or sauce. Add the green beans and parsley to the pan with enough water to almost cover. Tuck the potato slices in between, partially cover the pan, and simmer for 25 minutes, the stir and season with salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp chopped mint. Cook uncovered until the beans and potatoes are fork tender, about 10 more minutes. If the sauce has not thickened, pour it into a small pan, and boil down to one cup, then combine with the beans and potatoes in a warm serving bowl. Sprinkle with a little additional fresh mint and serve warm. Excellent with grilled chops, fish or egg dish, but equally good as a main course with cheese.

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Baba ghannuj – eggplant appetizer

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
1 clove garlic; crushed
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup tahini; sesame seed paste
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 lemon wedges

1 parsley
1 olive oil

How to prepare

Set oven to 375f. Wash eggplant and remove stem. Pierce with a fork 4-6 times. Place in baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and run under cold water. Peel and mash; set aside. In serving bowl combine garlic, salt, and tahini. Gradually add water and lemon juice, beating well. Fold in mashed eggplant. Garnish with lemon wedges, finely chopped parsley and a sprinkle of olive oil. Scoop up eggplant with pieces of pita bread to eat or serve as a side dish with any meal.

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