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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Sea bass provencal

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup onions, finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cup tomatoes, chopped, seeded, and peeled
3 tbsp thyme, finely chopped
3 tbsp basil, finely chopped
3 tbsp nicoise olives, finely chopped
6 anchovy filets
1 pn saffron, optional
1/2 cup white wine
1 tsp chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 1/2 lb sea bass, boned and skinned, cut into 6 equal portions

How to prepare

Heat a heavy saucepan on high heat, add 1/4 cup olive oil, and saut

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Caribbean shrimp kabobs

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp pickapeppa sauce (can substitute 1 tbsp tabasco)
2 tbsp apricot preserves
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp red pepper flakes
T tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Peel and devein shrimp stir together oil, pickapeppa, preserves, honey, syrup, red pepper, pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary and garlic stir in shrimp cover and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Drain shrimp, reserve marinade thread shrimp on skewers.

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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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Honey orange lamb

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup pinot noir or burgundy
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp dry mustard
1 cup tomato puree
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 half leg of lamb, butterflied

How to prepare

(1) mix together all of the ingredients except the lamb place the lamb in a bowl or pan that will not be corroded by the marinade (a glass 9×13 pan works well)
(2) pour the marinade over the lamb cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours, turning occasionally
(3) start a fire in the grill and get the coals very warm but not flaming place lamb on grill 3-4″ from the coals cook 20 minutes on each side
(4) after 10 minutes on the second side, start checking for doneness contrary to many people’s ideas, lamb should not be well done but should still be a little pink when done, slice thin and serve (serves 4-6).

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Cajun shrimp pasta

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
2 cup diced peeled and seeded tomatoes
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cup chicken or shrimp stock
1 lb vermicelli pasta or linguine
1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (can substitute chicken)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Scalloped tomatoes

Ingredients

3 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups cubed french bread (1/2″ cubes)
16 ripe plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes or 2 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes, drained and cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
1/2 (or more) cup of parmesan cheese

How to prepare

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Cook chopped bacon until almost done over med heat, add bread cubes stirring to coat evenly with the fat. Saut

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String beans & tomatoes provencale

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
1-1/2 lbs fresh string beans, trimmed
1 cup tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil with 2 tbsp of the cooking oil. Add onion and cook over medium heat until lightly wilted. Add string beans and the remaining oil, cover, and cook at medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and continue cooking for another three to five minutes. Check seasoning. Allow to cool and then refrigerate. Yield: four to six servings.

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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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