Ricotta Pancakes

Yields 30 pancakes

Ingredients:

4 ea Eggs, separated
2 cups Ricotta cheese
2/3 cup Labne
2 cup All-purpose flour
1 Tbsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking soda
1 cup  Milk

Method:

Whisk yolks, ricotta, sugar and labne in a bowl
Combine and sift the [...]

Greek Paella

Ingredients: 

1 Tbs Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 lb Merguez sausage
2 large Shallot, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
Pinch Smoked paprika
2 C White Wine
1 C Stock
1 C Tomato Sauce
1/2lb Orzo
10 jumbo Prawns, heads on
1 dozen Mussels
½ dozen Clams
Dried Greek Oregano
Salt
Pepper
Fresh parsley

 

Method: 

Warm olive [...]

Hangar Steak w/Braised Dandelion, Lemon & Oil

Hangar Steak w/Braised Dandelion, Lemon & Oil

Serves 4

This steak greatly benefits from a long time in the marinade, so start it the night before if you can. Otherwise, let it marinate at least 4 hours.

Tomato & String Bean Salad

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This is my version of a Greek steak house salad – it’s fantastic with a steak or any kind of protein. Add toasted bread and it’s a Greek version of the Italian dish panzanella. I recommend going a step further by adding a grilled onion: the char flavor works perfectly with the ripe fruit and vegetables.

Fava Spread

Fava Spread

In Greek cuisine, the term fava always refers to dried yellow split peas, not the fresh green favas used in Italian cooking. Note that this mixture always thickens as it sits. If it is too thick, return it to the food processor and stream in extra-virgin olive oil with the motor running until you reach the desired consistency. With the addition of heavy cream (water, if you’re vegan), this makes an absolutely divine split pea soup.

Yogurt with Candied Quince & Crushed Jordan Almonds

Yogurt with Candied Quince & Crushed Jordan Almonds

In Greece, Jordan Almonds – whole almonds with a colored, hard sugar-candy coating – are traditionally wrapped in tulle and given as party favors to guests at weddings and christening celebrations. Here, they provide texture and beauty, but you can also choose crumbled halvah, or crystallized ginger. I prefer a combination of all three. So much more fun than the typical granola mix!

Gyro Spiced Sliders

Gyro Spiced Sliders

Gyro Spiced Sliders
Makes one (1) dozen sliders

Ingredients:

12 2 oz. beef patties
Gyro spice mixture
6 oz. Tsatziki (recipe pg.2)
12 slider potato rolls
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
12 cornichons (optional)
12 frilly toothpicks

Gyro Slider Spice Ingredients:

12 tbsp. Cumin
2 tbsp. Coriander
8 tbsp. Yellow mustard seed
2 1/2 tsp. Cloves
2 tbsp. Black cardamom
4 tbsp. Fennel
2 tbsp. Cinnamon

Combine all spices in mixing [...]

Beef Stew with Leeks

Beef Stew with Leeks

Braises like this are perfect for meat with tough muscle tissue and tendons (which come from the part of the animal that works hard), a great example of poverty cooking. This less expensive cut of meat develops its own natural and luscious sauce as it cooks. You want a little marbling in the meat, because it melts down as you cook and adds a lot of flavor to the sauce. You can use brisket, shanks, shoulder – all fairly tough meats – but save the filet mignon for the grill or a pan. It takes a little time to cook and become tender, but it’s a relatively easy setup, and once you get it onto the stove you don’t have to worry about it for about an hour.
So you can do your laundry, or walk the dog, or make a salad.

Tsatziki

Tsatziki

This is the one sauce you must make. It’s a classic and very easy to prepare, but be sure you use only a superior Greek yogurt or labne spread. I cannot emphasize this strongly enough – it makes all the difference.

KEFI Mac & Cheese

KEFI Mac & Cheese

This is not your traditional Mac and Cheese; studded with spinach, topped with feta cheese, and infused with a hint of cinnamon, this is one Greek savory casserole.