Category Archives: Feta

Grilled Lamb-Beef Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Lamb-Beef_Burgers1 (1 of 1)Who knew I liked lamb! I sure didn’t growing up. I’ve learned to really like it over the years, however, especially in Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines. This dish is a perfect example of my style of lamb, which with the herbs, spices, garlic and tzatziki, is delicious. I hope you’ll try it!

1/2 lb ground lamb
1/2 lb ground sirloin
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
4 tsp chopped fresh mint
4 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garamasala
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely grated or minced

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber
1/4 tsp salt

1 loaf ciabatta bread
Sliced red onions
Lettuce

For the burgers, add the first 10 ingredients (lamb through garlic) to a large bowl. Combine well.Lamb-Beef_Burgers2 (1 of 1) Remove meat mixture from bowl and divide equally into 4 portions. Shape each into square, 3 to 4-inch patties. Set aside.

For the tzatziki sauce, combine the next 6 ingredients (yogurt through salt) in a medium bowl, mixing well. Cover and place in refrigerator.

Slice ciabatta loaf horizontally down middle, then slice crosswise into 4 pieces, so that you end up with 4 tops and 4 bottoms.

Prepare grill.

Place burgers on hot grill; cover and cook about 4 minutes on each side (flipping only once). Place ciabatta buns face-side down on grill, cooking until browned (about 1 minute).

Assemble burgers on the buns, topping each with a spoonful tzatziki. Serve with lettuce and red onions.

Serves 4.

Lentil-Feta Salad

Lentil_Feta_Salad1 (1 of 1)This is a simple and delicious salad of lentils, feta and tomatoes, tossed with a lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Its flavors are bright and fresh, and to me, it makes for a perfect summer side salad at a cookout or picnic. I hope you’ll try it!

 

 

1 1/4 cups dried lentils, preferably a French variety, such as Le Puy
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely grated or minced
1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1 cup diced cucumber
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced celery
Lettuce leaves, such as romaine

Place lentils in a large saucepan. Cover with water, 2 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain in a sieve, and rinse well with cold water. Set aside.

Whisk together lemon juice and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl. Add lentils,Lentil_Feta_Salad2 (1 of 1) tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, celery and cheese, and toss gently until combined. Season with additional salt, if desired. Serve over lettuce leaves.

Serves 4.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fresh Oregano, Lemon and Feta

Grilled_Chicken_Sandwiches_with_Fresh_Oregano6 (1 of 1)This is one of my outdoor chicken recipes that I always have the ingredients for, from spring to fall. It’s simple, fresh, and it’s not time-consuming to prepare. Made this last evening when I returned home from work (it was a beautiful, warm evening here, so I had to fire up the grill!).

 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness (about 1/2 inch)
Juice of one lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp fresh, chopped oregano
4 hamburger (or similar) buns
Lettuce
1 small onion, sliced
1 tsp fresh, chopped parsley
4 tsp crumbled feta cheese

Place the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano in a small bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are well-incorporated.

Place chicken and the lemon juice mixture in a plastic zip-lock bag. Seal bag and move around so that the ingredients are combined. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare the grill.

Grill the marinated chicken on one side for about 9 minutes, then about 4 minutes on the other.

Remove chicken from grill. Slice each breast in half crosswise, so that you end up with 4 even pieces. Assemble the sandwiches with the buns (I like to butter them and toast a bit on the grill), lettuce, chicken, parsley, onions and a teaspoon each of the feta. Serve.

Serves 4.