Barbecue season is finally, maybe, starting also in the midwest and with it the question “what do I bring?”. I have a tendency to choose to bring pasta for at least a couple of good reasons: is cheap, is good, can be cooked in a number of different ways, and is easy to transport. This last time I chose to cook pasta with roasted tomatoes. It is very simple and makes quite an impression. I noticed that cooking a simple dish with flavorful ingredients is often more successful than cooking a complex dish, so I am sticking with those sort of dish when I cook for a lot of people: it make my life easier and the guests happy.
Today I am sharing a bread that smells like summer. It is a simple bread to which I added sundried tomatoes and oregano. The result is a bread that brings summer to all of us who have been fighting the cold and the snow for the last few months and cannot take it anymore!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Saucy Greek Burgers – This distinctive, delicious, Greek burger recipe is made with ground lamb, and served with a one of a kind, exquisite, mint yogurt sauce recipe included. Also served in Pitas, for more Greek tradition, these phenomenal, BBQ burgers are a “Must Try”.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Main Ingredient: Ground Lamb
Difficulty Level: 2
Ingredients to make Saucy Greek Burgers
For yogurt sauce:
12 Ounces plain yogurt
2 Small garlic cloves
1/4 Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves, or to taste
2 Pounds ground lamb
1/2 Cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 12 to 15
6 small pita loaves
2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
2 small green bell peppers, cut in rings
1 red onion, sliced thin
Directions to make Saucy Greek Burgers
Step 1:Make yogurt sauce: Mince and mash the garlic with the salt. Drain yogurt in a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel set over a bowl 30 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and combine with the garlic and mint.
Step 2:Prepare grill and oil rack. Set grill 5-6 inches from coals. In a bowl gently combine the lamb,feta and olives. Form into 6 patties about 1” thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill for about 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Step 3:Split pitas form a pocket.Transfer burgers to pita pockets and top with tomatoes, bell peppers and onion. Serve burgers with yogurt sauce.
Greek Chicken and Pasta – This simple, quick recipe for Greek chicken and pasta is a perfect wholesome week night dinner. The chicken breast is sauted stove top, and simmered in the tomato herb pan sauce, feel free to experiment with the herbs listed, and try your favorites, or even better fresh herbs. A quick and easy Greek chicken pasta recipe that is also a 30 minute meal.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25-30 mins
Main Ingredient: Chicken Breast
Ingredients to make Greek Chicken and Pasta
1 pound uncooked angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved
2 cups chopped red onion
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
3/4 cup (3 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled
Directions to make Greek Chicken and Pasta
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sautÃ© 3 minutes on each side. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through tomatoes) to pan; stir well.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Serve with pasta.