Souvlaki with Pistachio Yogurt Dip
Sometimes my Greek roots call to me and I feel the sudden urge to cook some Greek specialty. This weekend for instance the glorious sunshine begged for some Souvlaki on the grill and so I willingly obliged. Souvlaki sounds like a very simple dish, but like Bolognese in Italy, each region in Greece has it’s own variation. The trick to this dish is marinading the meat properly. The basic marinade usually involves olive oil, lemon and garlic, mine is a little more refined than that: Ingredients Pork loin  2 Onions Chilli peppers (use as many as you like depending on how spicy you want your Souvlaki to be) Red bell pepper Garlic Olive oil Lemon juice Pistachios Greek yogurt Salt, Pepper, thyme and oregano   Method Peel and chop the garlic, onions, bell pepper and pepperoni. Mix them to a marinade with the lemon juice and olive oil using food processor. Add salt Pepper and oregano to taste. Cut and dice the meat into bite-sized chunks and marinade in the fridge overnight (or at least a couple of hours) Thread pork chunks and separated by onions onto skewers. Cook the skewers for 10 to 15 minutes on the grill, turning […]
22 Jul 2013 in Greek, Light Meals, Meat, by
Mediterranean Burger with Pesto Pole Beans
While we recently went through a low- to no-carb phase I was constantly on the lookout for new and interesting recipes for meat and veggies. One of the more interesting ones I found is this mediterranean Burger, the pesto pole beans on the side add some great healthy flavour. Easily and quickly prepared it’s the ideal dish for warm summer nights. Ingredients 800g pole beans 1 bunch of spring onions 8 sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) 500g ground beef 1 egg 4 tablespoon breadcrumbs 2 teaspoon spicy paprika powder 4 tablespoon cooking oil 1 tablespoon olive oil 150ml vegetable soup 100g basil pesto Serves: 4 Method Clean the pole beans and cook them for 10 minutes in saltwater until they are al dente. Drain them in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Clean and chop spring onions (separating green and white parts) and the sundried tomatoes. Mix the ground beef with the egg, the breadcrumbs, the diced tomatoes and green onions, paprika powder and some salt. Knead well and form 8 patties. Heat the cooking oil in a pan and roast the patties 5 minutes a side at medium heat. Heat the olive oil and glaze the onion whites. Add the pole beans, […]
21 Jun 2011 in Greek, Light Meals, Meat, by
Spinach Strudel
Spinach is one of our favourite vegetables, because you can cook it in so many different and delicious ways. If you are looking for great and light meal you will definitely enjoy this one. Spinach strudel is easy to prepare and tastes wonderful. Ingredients 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 1 teaspoon of olive oil 500 g spinach leaves Lemon juice Salt, pepper Strudel pastry 200 g Feta cheese Method Preheat the oven at 180° Celsius. Peel the onion and the garlic and chop them into small pieces. Cut the feta cheese in dices. Heat oil in a pan. Sweat the onion and the garlic. Add the spinach leaves and some lemon juice. Spice it with salt and pepper. Let it cook for several minutes. Roll out the strudel pastry. Put the spinach filling and the feta cheese on one third of the pastry. Roll the pastry. Put it in the oven and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes. Tips & Tricks The best way to serve the strudel is to cut it into portions and add some yoghurt dip on the plate. Of course you can use frozen spinach leaves and readymade pastry, to speed things up, but […]
21 Oct 2010 in Greek, Light Meals, Vegetarian, by