Monday, January 31, 2011

greek turkey meatballs with tzatziki

i really wanted to make lamb gyros but after 3 stores i couldn't find ground lamb.. so i decided tonights dinner would be turkey greek meatballs with tzatziki (which i love) in nan bread.. it was really good but i would use pita instead of nan the nan was kinda thick.. and the tzatziki i would make a triple batch and put it on everything, it was wonderful.. trying to lose weight? eliminate the bread and use whole wheat bread crumbs or rolled oats..i bet it would be really good in a lettuce wrap or made as as slider.. hmm might have to try one those next week.

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 25 minutes
servings: 4

·         1 ½ lb ground turkey
·         ½ cup dry bread crumbs
·          ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
·         1 clove garlic minced
·         1 large egg
·         1 Tbsp lemon zest plus the juice of  ½ of the lemon
·         ½ Tbsp oregano
·         ½ tsp kosher salt
·         ½ tsp fresh black pepper
·         1 tsp olive oil
·         1-2 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

preheat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone liner if you have one if not then aluminum foil or even parchment paper, and set aside. then in a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. With your hands, mix until well combined, with the breadcrumbs and yogurt evenly distributed throughout. wet your hands with water, and form the turkey mixture into 24 meatballs… place on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 15 -25 minutes, until just slightly brown. you might want to taste one to be sure they're done.. serve in a pita or nan bread like i did.. garlic nan to be exact.. and i served with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, sliced red onion and tzatziki sauce.. (recipe below) or you can remove the bread all together and make a salad using the tzatziki as your dressing.. 

prep time: 10 minutes
servings: 4

tzatziki sauce

2 cups greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 tblsp. fresh parsley
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt and pper to taste

in a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.  cover and chill in fridge for 1 hour before serving..

Sunday, January 30, 2011

cuban black beans

    • 2 (10 oz) cans of black beans
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tablespoon red white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • salt and pepper to taste
    saute onion and pepper in a little oil, then add the garlic and saute.. add the beans with the liquid.. add spices and simmer about an hour, add the vinegar just before serving

sunday supper.. cuban pork

on christmas eve janet's mom makes the best pork, beans and rice ever.  first time shell and i had it we were hooked.. its one of our favorite things about christmas eve..  while her mom keeps her recipe pretty close to the vest i searched the web and found ones i liked and took the best from those and came up with this one.  while it's not nearly as good as janet's moms its pretty darn good.. enjoy..

•1 teaspoon cumin
• 4 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/3 cup orange juice
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 4 pounds pork shoulder

in a large bowl add cumin, garlic, salt, pepper and stir in orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Place the pork in a large resealable plastic bag. pour citrus marinade over meat, and seal. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning the bag over occasionally.  preheat the oven to 325 degrees...transfer pork and marinade to a roasting pan, and place in the oven. roast for about 2 1/2 hours, basting with pan juices occasionally, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 145 degrees.. add small amounts of water to the pan if it dries out. transfer the pork to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes. carve, and serve with black beans and rice.

word of advice...

never ask your husband to stop and pick up something from the market when he is hungry.. i asked him to pick up hot dog buns for our bratwurst for lunch today and i also got all of the above.. minus the hot sauce these are things i don't buy and wouldn't eat.. *eyeroll* silly men..

break'n all the rules scrambled eggs

this recipe is adapted from my brother in law, unlce jimmy's scrambled eggs.. "they" whoever the infamous they are, say your supposed to whip your eggs with cream in a separate bowl and once in your skillet leave them alone.. and well here we do the exact opposite and they come out creamy, fluffy and yummy..

scrambled eggs (serves 2)

4 large eggs
1 slice of american cheese
pat of butter
salt and pepper to taste

melt your butter over medium to low heat add your eggs (if you want to crack them into a separate bowl and add that way it's cool, but don't whip them before adding to the pan) once eggs are in the pan stir with either a fork or whisk, making sure the bottom doesn't stick after about a minute add the cheese in peices i just rip it and toss it in, then keep stirring add a little salt and pepper to taste.. super yummy..

sliding into home

last night it was just pete and i so we had sliders and fries... every restaurant now a days has some form of a slider.. and grocery stores even sell slider buns.. they are fun you can top them with just about anything..

sliders (6 mini burgers)

1 1/2 lb ground hamburger 85/15 (or ground turkey)
splash or 2 of worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
smokey thousand island (recipe to follow)
6-12 spicy pickle chips (if you can't find them in your grocery store put  a 1/2 cup of  bread and butter pickles with the juice in a mason jar and add a tablespoon of dried red chili flakes, shake and refridgerate for about 2 hours before serving)
olive oil
split bun or roll (if your store doesn't have mini buns the brown and serve rolls work well too)

Combine meat, worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and form into 6 little burgers.  We grilled ours on a charcoal grill but a gas grill works also.  We like ours medium so about 6-8 minutes on each side.  Brush your buns with a little olive oil and grill them also.  Then add the smokey thousand island and a pickle chip and enjoy. We didn't add cheese this time but chipolte cheddar or pepper jack would be great .. just use 1/2 slice per burger.

smokey thousand island

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons heinz ketchup
1 teaspoon chipolte tobasco
1 teaspoon smokey paprika
1 teaspoon splenda
1 teaspoon pickle juice
1 teaspoon liquid smoke 

Mix all ingredients well and refridgerate left overs, goes great on fries.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

might i recommend...

from time to time I will share with you books i am reading or possibly a movie i recently saw and thought good enough to mention.  i have always loved reading.. it's a passion of mine actually.. when I was younger my mother again with the "incentive" paid me to read.. a couple of bucks for a small paperback and up to $5.00 for a novel.  that gave me the incentive but my love of reading kept me hooked.. she stopped paying by the summer before 9th grade when i was reading a book or two a day.  when i was little i read the typical childhood books, snow white, cinderella, etc. then i progressed to the little house on the prairie series, nancy drew, the hardy boys, etc.. then in my preteens/tween phase i read your typical coming of age romance if you will books.. all of the judy blume series.. pretty much anything i could get my hands on and my mom let me read anything as long as i was reading.. then again the summer of 9th grade i found scary/horror books, i loved stephen king, christine, cujo, pet cemetery, etc.. i actually loved his books until in my early 20's when a friend gave me "it" and on the cover was a scary looking clown.. now honestly why would anyone want to write and then ultimately read about a maniac clown? personally i think all clowns are menacing, ever since i was a child i have been afraid of clowns.. don't much like oompa loompas either.. and don't get me started on the wicked witch of the west.. i hated (still not fond of it) the wizard of oz.. come to think of it i just don't like people with painted faces.. because i really don't like the movie "cabaret" with the guy on stage and his white painted face singing "money money money makes the world go around" all the while rubbing his hands together.. it's CREEPY... oops i got a little side tracked we were talking about books.. after my scary/horror phase i pretty much entered the love of all books phase which is where i happily reside, i love romance, funny, murder mystery, etc.. i don't much care for period pieces though and i don't know why..but lately over the last couple of years i enjoy reading cook books.. unlike in years past when a cook book was a bunch of recipes slapped together now they are a good read.. with stories.. right now i am reading diners, drive ins and dives part i and ii.. they are funny, witty, interesting.. everything you would want in a book.. so today's recommendation is diners, drive ins and dives part i and ii you won't be disappointed..

Friday, January 28, 2011

Helpful Tip..

Well here is a helpful tip.. Don't buy yellow liquid dish soap if you keep it in an olive oil dispenser, which I do and did buy, umm because it looks like olive oil or vice versa the oil looks like soap.. The one on the right is my dish soap and the one on the left is my olive oil.. they are supposed to stay on separate counters but some jokster put the olive oil by the sink and umm you guessed it I poured it into my sink to clean dishes.. glad I didn't pour the soap into my pan to sautee mushrooms that would have been icky. so there is my helpful tip for this Friday. Have a good weekend.