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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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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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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Grecian chicken pie

Ingredients

4 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 to 1 cup margarine or butter
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 14-1/2 oz can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup water

1 tbsp chicken instant bouillon
1/4 tsp thyme leaves
1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
16-oz pkg frozen filo pastry leaves
grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350 f. In large skillet, cook mushrooms and onion in 2 tbsp margarine until tender. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Add tomatoes, water, bouillon and thyme; cook and stir until bouillon dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and olives. Melt remaining margarine. Place 2 sheets pastry in bottom of greased 15 x 10 jellyroll pan, pressing into corners. Brush with margarine; repeat using 2 sheets pastry brushed with margarine for each layer, until half of pastry has been used. Spread chicken filling over pastry; repeat layering with pastry sheets and margarine until all the pastry has been used. Trim edges of pastry even with edge of pan. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until pastry is golden.

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Greek shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb large shrimp, peeled
4 cloves garlic
1 lb can plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fish broth or shrimp shells boiled in water
4 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tsp greek oregano

2-3 tbsp capers
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup ouzo, plus additional 1-2 tsp after broiling
1/2 cup bulgarian or french feta, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

First, peel the shrimp and if you make the fish broth, put half the shells in 1/4 cup of boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes. Saut

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Kreatopita therini – summery meat pie

Ingredients

4 scallions; chopped
3 tbsp butter or oil
1 lb veal, beef or lamb (ground)
4 sm zucchini; scrubbed, cubed
1 sm eggplant; cubed
1 cup canned tomatoes; drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt & freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp ground coriander or allspice
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup grated cheese (mizithra ingredient:)
bread crumbs, if necessary
10 commercial filo sheets
6 tbsp butter; melted

How to prepare

Saut

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Garithes yiouvetsi – baked prawns

Ingredients

1 kg large uncooked prawns
1 med onion; finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped spring onions
2 garlic cloves; crushed
2 cup chopped, peeled tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 tsp dried rigani or oregano
salt
freshly ground pepper
125 g feta cheese

How to prepare

Shell prawns, leaving last segment of shell and the tail intact. De-vein and rinse. Drain and dry with paper towels and refrigerate until required.
In a pan gently fry onion in oil until transparent, add spring onion and garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, wine, most of the parsley, rigani and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes until thick.
Spoon half of the tomato sauce into 6 individual oven dishes or 1 large oven dish. Add prawns and spoon remaining sauce over them. Coarsely crumble feta cheese and sprinkle on top.
Cook in a very hot oven (500 f) for 10-12 minutes until prawns are pink and the feta melted and lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and serve immediately as a first course with crusty bread. Serves: 6

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