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.
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.
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
Makes one (1) dozen sliders
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
with Lemon Potatoes
This dish can replace your usual roast chicken. Pan-roasting the pieces allows you to achieve much crisper skin than a straight oven roast. It will also drastically cut down on the cooking time.
Makes One Quart
This is a Greek version of hummus that captures the soul of the Mediterranean. For this recipe, be sure to use premium-quality imported sun-dried tomatoes; they should be plump and soft with a red hue.
Meatballs, Roasted Garlic, Olives, Tomato
Serves 4-6, Yield 6 meatballs each