Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Roast about 40-45 minutes or until brown, bubbly and tender. Set aside to cool. In the same oven at the end of the eggplant’s time place the tomatoes in a glass baking dish and sprinkle with cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, lemon zest and garlic. Roast for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the eggplant from its skin and chop super fine. In a large mixing bowl combine eggplant and tomatoes and mix well. Divide up into ramekins and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Place in the broiler for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, mint and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and drizzle the over the eggplant and garnish with a mint or cilantro leaf.

Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 25 small cakes

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Ingredients

4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

For tomato salad

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped medium
Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful of fresh basil, chopped fine

For Greek yogurt dip

1 cup Greek yogurt
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

Directions

Coarsely grate the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or mandolin slicer. Transfer to a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water.

Put the chopped scallions in a bowl and crumble in the feta. Add the dill and flour and season well with salt and pepper. Gradually add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly before adding in the drained zucchini.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and drop heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan (an ice cream scoop works well here), flattening them with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden, then transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve with dollop of Greek or natural yogurt, either hot from the pan or at room temperature.

For tomato salad

Place chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the chopped basil and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for at least 1 hour.

For yogurt dip

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Chill until ready to serve.

White Gazpacho

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and also add more oil and vinegar to desired taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Creamy Lime-Sickle Trifle

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 pint 0% Greek Yogurt
4 key limes zest
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 vanilla bean pod
½ cup flaked almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon golden flax seeds, ground
½ cup of your favorite seasonal fruit (cherries, berries or mango work great)
¼ cup dried coconut
½ cup of granola
10 ginger snap cookies

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, mix together with egg beater yogurt, vanilla, lime zest, and agave. Toast almonds in a dry pan till golden. Crumble ginger snaps and flax seeds in a baggie. In tall clear glasses layer until the glass is filled:
a. Yogurt
b. Fruit
c. Coconut
d. Ginger snaps
e. Repeat
Top with the flaked almonds and granola.

Santorini Tzaziki

May 24th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber, peeled out but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper

Directions

In a small bowl mix together the cucumber and yogurt until combined. Stir in the garlic, fresh herbs and the lemon juice and again stir well until the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper and taste.

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Whipped Greek Yogurt Parfait

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Greek yogurt
½ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 crisp apple, diced
1 ripe pear, diced
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Place yogurt, whipping cream, honey, and dried spices into a cold mixing bowl. Whip with hand beater until mixture resembles whipping cream. Take a dessert glass or clear mug, and layer yogurt, fruit, and almonds. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Tip: This can also be served as a warm dessert. Take fruit, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon of all 3 dried spices, and sauté in skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes or until fruit is warmed and fragrant.
Place fruit into a dessert dish, and top with the whipped mixture and toasted almonds.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson

Herbed Garlic Pita Toasts with Minty Cucumber and Yogurt

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Pita

4 pita rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Salt

For Dip

1 large cucumber, peeled, cut in half, seeded, grated, and strained
2 cups Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, grated on microplane
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet, place pita triangles, drizzle with olive oil, cumin, and herbs. Season with salt, and mix well to coat pita. Place in oven, and back until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, add strained cucumber, yogurt, garlic, coriander, and mint. Season with salt, and mix well. Serve with warm pita chips.

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, chopped super fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

For the Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use hands to mix well, making sure all ingredients and spices are all combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled over medium-high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to makes sure they are browned on all sides.

To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor, and blend until smooth.

Serve meatballs with yogurt sauce, in pita sandwiches, or over Middle Eastern vegetables and couscous.

Roasted Pears with Sweet Maple Cream

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 ripe pears, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup fresh thyme sprigs
Salt

For yogurt cream:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2%
Salt

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, add the butter, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, thyme sprigs and a generous sprinkle of salt. Let everything come to a gentle boil and stir continuously, about 2 minutes.

Add the halved pears to the pan, cut side down. Give it a shake and let them simmer on the stove about 2 minutes. Turn the pears over so they are now cut side up and transfer the pan to the oven, middle rack. Bake for 12 minutes until the pears are soft and the sauce has caramelized.

While the pears are baking, beat the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the maple syrup, pinch of salt, cinnamon and beat another minute to combine. Gently fold in the greek yogurt, this will make it a bit thinner.

Put one pear on a plate, drizzle with a spoonful of sauce with a sprig of thyme for garnish, and a generous dollop of yogurt cream.

Santorini Chicken Soulvaki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breast, cut into thick 2 inch pieces
juice and zest of 3 lemons
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
¼ c chopped fresh oregano
¼ c chopped fresh parsley
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried marjoram
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t red pepper flakes
1 c Greek yogurt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients except the chicken in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Add chicken and marinate in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Place chicken on skewers and grill using remaining marinade to baste while grilling. Serves 6. Eat with pita, tzaziki and roasted eggplant.

Santorini Tzaziki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized cucumbers, peeled but not deseeded and chopped fine
2 c Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ c fresh chopped dill
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well mixed and smash cucumbers to make them blend in a bit better. Set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Before serving, remove from refrigerator but allow them to remain just a bit cooler than room temperature for best flavor.

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