Today I have two recipes to share with you - both Greek inspired. I like gyros but only if they are made with chicken - yes, I know that is not the traditional method but it is more to my liking. Even when I went to Greece a few years ago I opted for a chicken version... and another ingredient you will find in your gyros in Greece are french fries and surprisingly they are very good that way!
I liked this recipe because it was very easy to prepare - the chicken in marinaded for about an hour in a lemon based sauce and then the chicken strips are grilled. Toppings can be to your choosing but we had tomatoes, red onions and tzatziki sauce (if you live by a Trader Joe's I highly recommend buying theirs - it is a time saver and delicious).
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus marinade time
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 T olive oil
- 1 tsp minced shallots
- ½ t ground stone mustard
- ½ t dried oregano
- 1 lb boneless chicken cut into strips
- pita bread
- red onions
- tzatziki sauce (store bought)
1. In a small processor combine the lemon juice, mustard, shallots and oregano and turn on, slowly add the olive oil to combine; place ½ of marinade in a large and add chicken. Place in refrigerator for at least an one.
2. Take the chicken out of the marinade and cook on grill until done.
3. Heat the pita bread slightly on grill
4. Make a sandwich on the pita bread with the chicken, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions and drizzle the tzatziki sauce on top
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In keeping with the Greek theme, I made an orzo salad. I love the fresh ingredients especially the fresh dill. This combo for dinner was so delicious - I wish we had some baklava to go with it! That would have been perfect!!
Greek Orzo Salad
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 5 T olive oil
- 1 T minced shallot
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sugar
- S&P to taste
- 1 cup uncooked orzo
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 T chopped fresh dill
- 2 T minced red onion
- 1/2 diced seeded cucumber
- large red pepper roasted and diced (store bought)
- ½ cup chickpeas rinsed and drained
1. Cook orzo according to directions, rinse in cold water and drain well
2. In a small food processor combine the lemon juice, shallot, oregano, sugar and S&P – turn on and then slowly drizzle in olive oil until well combined.
3. In large bowl combine orzo, feta cheese, dill, red onion, cucumber, pepper and chickpeas.
4. Add the dressing and gently toss to combine. This could be served right away or refrigerated.
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Hope you enjoy these recipes and would love to know what you think. Opa!