Sunday, July 15, 2007

Easy Greek Food at Home

Last night I made a few recipes from the latest issue of Prevention. It was a tasty, easy meal and so I pass it on.

Village Salad with Feta, Pork Souvlaki and Pitas with Tsatziki

2 c low-fat plan Greek-style yogurt (like Fage brand. And yes there is a huge difference)
1 c peeled, grated cucumber, patted dry
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
whole wheat pitas
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix yogurt, cuke, garlic, lemon juice, salt and red pepper in meduim bowl. Chill, covered, 1 hour.

Brush pitas with a bit of olive oil and heat in large skillet over medium heat until golden and puffed. Serve with chilled tzatziki,souvlaki and village salad.

Pork Souvlaki
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp kosher salt
2 pinches ground black pepper
2 lb boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1" cubes (I used kabob pork pieces)

Preheat grill or broiler.

Whisk together oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of the oregano, 1.2 tsp of the salt, and a pinch of the pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Thread pork onto skewers (if using wooden swewers soak them in water for 30 minutes beforehand.) Sprinkle skewers with 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and pinch pepper.

Grill or broil 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally until brown and just cooked through. Remove from heat and brush generously with oil mixture on all sides.

Village Salad With Feta
1 lg English cuke, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
3 med tomatoes, halved and slicced 1/4" thick
1 lg onion, halved and sliced 1/4" thick
2 ox feta cheese, thinly sliced
kalamata olives, pitted and halved lengthwise
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp ground red pepper

Alternate slices of cuke and tomato around edge of platter, spiraling inward. Scatter onion on top. Layer on feta and scatter olives over top. Drizzle all over with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, oregano and pepper.

This meal is light, healthy and so flavorful. And if you are only one person it easily can be cut down. I had it last night and in the middle of the night I woke up and wondered if it would be bad to raid the leftovers! Luckily I waited until lunch today.

Upcoming kitchen experiments: I adore Thai green curry and I found a good green curry paste at the Farmer's Market Friday. I think I'll do a chicken green curry tomorrow night and will let you know how it goes.

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