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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Gyro

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp salt
some freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves of crushed garlic
the juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp ouzo

How to prepare

Mix and mold the meat on a metal skewer. Grill. Serve on pita bread, garnish with tzatziki, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, some parsley, a sprinkling of oregano.

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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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Spaghetti mizithra

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
1/2 lb kasseri cheese, grated
1/4 lb roman cheese, grated
1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped parsley

How to prepare

Cook spaghetti until tender but firm to the bite. Drain. Melt butter in large skillet until it turns brown. Meanwhile, combine cheeses. Place spaghetti on warm platter, sprinkle with mixed cheeses, then drizzle with browned butter. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta Cheese and Fresh Mint

Ingredients

2 lg boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 halves)
1 oz feta cheese, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mint leaves, stemmed and washed
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Wash and dry chicken and trim off any fat. Cut each breast in half. Lay one of the halves at the edge of a cutting board. Cut a horizontal pocket in the breast, taking care not to pierce the top, bottom or far side. Do this with all 4 pieces.
Place 23 slices of feta and 68 mint leaves in each pocket. Pin shut with lightly oiled tooth picks. Place them in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Finely chop the remaining mint and sprinkle it over the chicken with the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for 20 min., turning once or twice.
Preheat grill or broiler to high. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil until cooked, 23 min. per side. Remove toothpicks and serve at once.

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Herbed lemon chicken

Ingredients

10 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts ,cut into 1/4″ thick slices
1 egg white, beaten
3 tbsp plain dried bread crumbs
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp unsalted butter
2 tsp peanut oil
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp (1 fl. Oz.) Dry white wine
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp rinsed drained capers
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf
Parsley
Lemon slices to garnish

How to prepare

In med bowl, combine chicken and egg white, tossing well to coat thoroughly; set aside.
In gallon-size sealable plastic bag, combine bread crumbs, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper; seal bag and shake to blend. Add 1 chicken slice; seal bag and shake to coat. Place coated chicken slice on lg plate; repeat, using remaining chicken slices. In lg skillet, heat butter and oil; when foam subsides, add coated chicken slices. Cook 1 minute on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer chicken to serving platter; keep warm. To same skillet, add broth, wine, lemon juice and capers; cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes, until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in parsley; pour mixture over chicken. Serve garnished with lemon slices.

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Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Greek style lamb soup

Ingredients

Meaty lamb bones (from leftover roast leg of lamb)
1 quart water
1/2 tsp salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp raw rice

1 carrot, sliced
1 rib celery, sliced
5 or 6 green onions, sliced
1 or 2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1/2 cup skim milk

1 tsp cornstarch
4 hard-cooked eggs, shredded

How to prepare

In a large pot or dutch oven combine lamb bones with water, salt, lemon juice and onion; heat to boiling; skim foam. Lower heat and simmer, covered, 2 hours (or 40 minutes in a pressure cooker, according to manufacturer’s directions). Remove bone and set aside to cool. Skim fat from broth. Combine fat- skimmed broth with rice, vegetables, parsley and dillweed. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, remove meat from bones and add meat to soup. Combine skim milk and cornstarch; mix well. Stir into simmering soup until soup is slightly thickened. Presentation: spoon soup into four bowls and top with shredded egg. Yield: makes 4 servings, less than 195 calories each (or 3 meal-size servings, about 255 calories each).

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Spinach and rice in dill tomato sauce

Ingredients

2-10 oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup regular (not extra-v) olive oil
3 cups onions, finely chopped
6 scallions, thinly sliced, including some of the green tops
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1/3 cup converted raw rice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Trim away any tough stems from the spinach leaves. Rinse the leaves in several changes of cold water and drain in a colander. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. When it is hot, add the onions, scallions, and 1/4 cup of the dill and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted down. Continue to cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender. Stir in the remaining dill and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

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