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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Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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Greek- asparagus with olive oil and tomato

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb asparagus; cleaned
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic clove; chopped fine
1 onion, medium; chopped
1/4 cup italian parsley -chopped
1 cup tomato, very ripe; chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine

Black pepper; freshly ground
salt

How to prepare

Heat a 3-quart heavy stainless-steel or porcelain-lined stove-top casserole and add the olive oil. Saut

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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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Greek meatballs with egg and lemon sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground lamb or beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp dried basil or mint
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
chicken or beef stock
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
minced parsley
cooked rice

How to prepare

Put meat into a bowl with onion, garlic, uncooked rice, herbs, salt and pepper. Beat two of the egg whites until they froth and add them as well. Reserve yolks and the other egg for the sauce. Gently mix with a fork or your hands, and form walnut-size balls. Fry meatballs in vegetable oil over low heat. When lightly brown, remove with a slotted spoon to a saucepan. Add enough stock to cover meatballs, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour off stock through a sieve, and measure it. You will need 1 1/2 cups for the sauce. To make the sauce, beat reserved egg yolks and the whole egg together until quite frothy. Whisk in lemon juice bit by bit, then whisk in hot stock bit by bit, beating steadily. Pour over meatballs, and cook, stirring, over low heat until sauce thickens. Do not let it come to a boil, or it will separate. Serve on a bed of rice, sprinkled with parsley. Makes four servings.

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