Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tasty Tuesdays: Greek Feast
Lately I have been craving Greek food. When we were in Brisbane last, we had dinner at an awesome little Greek restaurant in West End, and all week long I have been wanting what we ate there. So I tried my hand at re-creating it, and while it wasn't quite as good as theirs (when is it when you have to cook it yourself?) it was still pretty great!
The recipe has a few different components, they were, marinated lamb skewers, Greek salad, marinated grilled mushrooms, toasted pita bread with cucumber tzatziki, and a Greek antipasto mix (which I bought from Woolies). I'll start with the lamb.
Marinated Lamb Skewers
500gms diced lamb (I used rump)
3 tbs lemon juice
3 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper
2 cloves of garlic
Fresh chopped mint
Soaked wooden skewers (or metal ones if you have them)
Combine all ingredients in a dish and then leave the lamb to marinate for at least 3 hours, or longer if you can.
Then, thread the lamb on the skewers, and grill for about 10 minutes on each side (depending on how rare you like your lamb).
(This is pretty basic, but I'll still pop the recipe on here)
Pitted Kalamata Olives
Chop all ingredients, combine and serve with Balsamic vinegar.
Marinated Grilled mushrooms
300g mushrooms (I used button mushrooms, but it doesn't really matter)
Diced red onion
1 clove garlic
Pop mushrooms into a bowl and then pour over vinegar and oil, sprinkle with salt and oregano and then mix. Leave to marinate at least for 15 minutes, and then put on a greased tray and put under a high heat, grill until mushrooms get brown and lovely. Turn mushrooms half way through. It took about 10 minutes in my grill but grills can be different.
Toasted Pita bread with Cucumber Tzatziki
Toast a couple of pita breads under the grill and then chop into triangles.
150g Greek Yoghurt (I used Jalna Low fat Greek yoghurt)
Very Finely chopped cucumber (I used a quarter of a Lebanese cucumber)
1 clove Garlic
2 tsp Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and you can adjust the measurements of the lemon and garlic to suit your taste.
The Greek antipasto mix I bought at Woolies just had semi-dried tomatoes, more feta, and kalamata olives in it.
The nicest way to eat this (I feel) is to put everything in the middle of the table and let people just help themselves. It probably isn't a kid-friendly dish, (unless your kids are older and eat everything) but it is so very yummy. The meal serves 4 adults, but you could probably increase the amount of lamb, especially if you're feeding men who like their meat. It's a good meal for entertaining and really nice when you want something really fresh! Enjoy!