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.

Tzatziki

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.

Pan Roasted Chicken

Pan Roasted Chicken with Lemon Potatoes

Pan-Roasted Chicken
with Lemon Potatoes
Serves Four

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.

Chickpea Spread & Confit

Spreads

Chickpea Spread
Greek: Revythosalata
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

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Tsoutsoukakia
Meatballs, Roasted Garlic, Olives, Tomato
Serves 4-6, Yield 6 meatballs each

Bulgur Salad

Bulghar Salad

Bulgur Salad with Roasted Peppers, Capers, Raisins, Celery & Onions

Here, sweet and savory flavors combine with the bulgur, which gives a great chewy texture and nutty flavor. Traditionally, you might see this kind of mixture stuffed into a pepper, but I’ve made more of a simple salad and added []

Lamb Burger

Lamb Burger

This dish came about when we were looking for a Greek “hamburger” with the flavors of Cypriot cuisine. The recipe evolved from the more traditional Little Sausages (Seftalia, page 186).

Grilled Watermelon & Grilled Manouri

Grilled Watermelon & Grilled Manouri

This dish can be prepared on the grill or in a very well seasoned, ridged cast-iron grill pan.
Just make sure the cheese is very cold and very firm.
Manouri is a unique, semisoft Greek cheese, but if you can’t find it, substitute a block of good Greek feta.

Octopus with Chickpea Salad

Grilled Octopus @ MP Taverna

Octopus is perhaps one of the most recognized of Greek dishes, but many people are afraid of it because they think it’s difficult to cook. The technique in this recipe solves that problem- it comes out beautifully tender. Once you have this technique down, you can add diced octopus to a cold seafood salad, or []