Greek Chicken Wraps

Nothing beats a good Greek restaurant for a nice lunch meal. I am partial to pita sandwiches, but it can be difficult in my area to find good, fresh pita bread.  So tortillas make a good substitute.  In this recipe, you can use spinach or sun-dried tomato wraps to really spark things up.  Regardless these are easy and quite flavorful wraps.  Perfect for a holiday picnic by the lake.

Greek Chicken Wraps

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled & chopped
  • 4 oz plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp dill
  • 2 oz crumbled feta
  • 2 oz sliced black olives (opt)
  • 4 burrito size flour tortillas, spinach tortillas are a fun choice
  • ½ green leaf lettuce, shredded

skillet  & bowl

Mix together chicken, lemon juice, mustard, 1 tsp garlic, oregano & pepper in bowl, coating chicken thoroughly, let sit for 30 minutes. Prepare cucumbers, add yogurt, dill and remaining garlic and mix well. Refrigerate until served. Wrap tortillas in foil and heat in a 350° oven for 10 minutes, turn oven off and let them stay warm until served. Heat oil in skillet on medium-high and add chicken and marinade. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. To serve, add chicken mixture, yogurt mixture, feta, olives and lettuce to each tortilla and roll up. Use any remaining yogurt mixture to dip tortillas in.

Mmm…Roast Chicken

Slathered the bird with a butter/EVOO garlic herb sauce, under the skin and on it.  Roasted the bird on a bed of dressing.  I thought it a fair idea but the chicken grease (and all that butter and oil) turned it into a greasy slop.  I put the dressing under the broiler for a while to try to crisp the top some and that helped a little.  I managed to eat a spoonful without gagging.  The chicken was great!

Roasted some cauliflower while the chicken rested and made a lemony butter sauce (beurre blanc) that worked very well on the veggies and on the chicken.

Enjoy!

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Zucchini-Avocado Salad

This is the time of year I start wanting fresh vegetables from the produce department and knowing my choices are limited where I live.  But usually you can get fairly decent zucchini (choose small, thin ones for best flavor) and avocados (though you may have to ripen them in a paper bag – add a banana to speed the ripening along).   A nice light, fresh side to any dinner.  I’m thinking with fish.  I’ll post a nice fish recipe later this week.

Zucchini-Avocado Salad

  • 2-3 small zucchini, sliced
  • 8 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ green pepper, julienned
  • 4 oz can green chilies, drained
  • green lettuce leaves
  • Oil & vinegar dressing (bottled, or make your own: 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, dash of lemon juice, salt & pepper)

bowl, serving bowl, skillet

Heat oil and sauté onions & zucchini, about 3 minutes. Remove to bowl and refrigerate. Cut avocado in half, remove pit and cube, don’t pierce skin. Use a spoon to scoop out avocado, add to serving bowl, toss with lemon juice, add green peppers and green chilies,  add zucchini mixture and toss everything with dressing. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Mmm…Apple Tarts

I saw some little pie tins while browsing through the Amazon specialty baking gear section and thought they would be perfect for individual turkey pot pies. I have fond memories of those frozen chicken pot pies-the ones that go straight to the oven from the freezer.  Yeah, those, you know what I’m talking about.

Well, I ordered them but we ran out of turkey before they came.  Mrs J reminded me that we have some apples that have been sitting around for a few days and they would be perfect filling for some little fruit pies.  Full speed ahead!  Mrs J put these together, I can’t link to a recipe because she really just winged it.  The crust is the old familiar Alton Brown recipe that has been working great for various pies lately.  She used a couple of Granny Smiths, and a couple of Galas.  There is brown sugar, lemon juice, raisins, butter, and flour involved.  She went with a crumble topping-flour, butter, and brown sugar.  I’ll bet she will read comments and answer any questions you are surely left with.

Enjoy!

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Enjoy!

Mmm…Shrimp/Crab Dip

Just about a perfect thing to go with the crackers we just made.  I kinda winged this recipe, used a small packet of the fake crab meat and fortified that with a good handful of boiled shrimp.  It has the best part of an 8oz tub of whipped cream cheese and probably a half cup of mayo.  Lots of green onions, nearly two bunches of them chopped up finely.  There is minced garlic, an Anaheim green pepper, minced, and some Worcestershire sauce, some Tabasco, the zest of a lemon, the juice of that lemon, some salt and fresh ground black pepper.  A bit of cayenne would work in there but this batch doesn’t have any.  There may be stuff I’m forgetting but that is going to get you close enough to there that you can’t miss.

Some Spicy Crab Dip

Well, spicy imitation crab dip, anyway.  I made a crab salad the other day using fake “leg meat” – this time I bought the flake style fake meat.  Recommended.

I started with a good double handful of the crab, and chopped it some more.  The dressing is a combination of sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo.  Roughly equal parts of each.  Added the zest of a lemon and a tablespoon of lemon juice.  Some worcestershire sauce, about a teaspoon, a few cloves of garlic, grated or pressed.  It needed a bit of color so I minced some green onion,  and a bit of heat was provided by a finely diced bit of anaheim chile and a sprinkling of ground cayenne.  Added a scant teaspoon of dried dill weed, and a couple of teaspoons of white wine.  After these pictures were taken I also added some diced red bell pepper and just a little diced red onion.  Made it a little prettier.

I think that’s all, enjoy!

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Crab Salad, Crab Dip?

I mentioned yesterday that I had tasted a crab salad at a buffet, it looked like a creamy cole slaw.  I got it back to the table and was surprised that is was a very nice dilled crab salad.  I decided that I was going to try to duplicate it myself.

Here we go:

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Baked Fish, Roasted Asparagus

This was pretty easy.  Nothing much easier than baking fish except maybe roasting the asparagus.  Both done at the same time in a 400 oven.  The asparagus was drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkled with salt.  I brushed some of the butter sauce on the fish before it really was a butter sauce.  Finished  adding the butter to the white wine/lemon juice reduction when the fish and veggies went into the oven.

The rice was a mix I picked up at the Amish run country store the other day.  They labeled it “exotic rice mix”.  Looks like brown rice, wild rice, and a red hued grain that looked just like the wild rice save for the color.  It badly needed a good seasoning packet, I’ll see what I can put together the next time I cook some.  I was hoping that the beurre blanc sauce would flavor it well enough but it just didn’t work.

And speaking of the beurre blanc sauce–no big deal.  Finely mince a bit of shallot or onion (I used the white part of a few green onions), about a tablespoon.  In a small sauce pan reduce 1/3 cup of white wine, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and the onions by about half or so.  You can leave it there while you do other stuff.  Once you start whisking in the pats of butter you are at the plating and serving stage of the meal.  It’ll be the last thing you do as your assistant plates the dinner and sets the table.  Don’t let it get too hot, and keep whisking.  You can play with the ingredients some, I minced a clove of garlic for this one.  Some recipes call for vinegar.  It’s all good.

Enjoy!

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