Stuffed Zucchini Flowers- Kolokytholouloutha Yemista

 

 

Stuffed-Zucchini-Flowers

This Greek stuffed zucchini blossoms recipe (Kolokytholouloutha Yemista/Κολοκυθολούλουδα γεμιστά) makes a delightful appetizer and the recipe is similar preparation wine leaves.

A friend of me gave me her zucchini flowers, but winter and summer squash are perfect as well. If picking your own fresh blossoms, pick early in the morning do so in the morning when they have just bloomed or buy it in the morning at the farmer market. Remove the pistil inside of the blossom as it is bitter.

As usually there are many different recipes of this dish, some of them don’t ask you to fry the onion prior filling, I tried both variation and both are delicious as well.

I hope you enjoy this stuffed zucchini blossoms recipe!

Remember: When picking zucchini blossoms, do so in the morning when they have just bloomed or buy it in the morning at the farmer market. Remove the pistil inside of the blossom as it is bitter.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers- Kolokytholouloutha Yemista

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/Stuffed-Zucchini-Flowers

You need

  • 30 zucchini flowers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1 cup rice, as Carolina
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Zucchini or potatoes (peeled) slices to cover the bottom of your pot, optional
  • 2 cups water, warm
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Procedure

  1. Trim the bottom of the flowers, remove pistil and remove any small outer leaves around the blossom. Place in a bowl with lukewarm for 10 minutes. Rinse with fresh water set them upside-down to dry.
  2. Fry onion and garlic in a wide skillet until translucent.
  3. Add rice, tomatoes and water. Simmer until the water is adsorbed.
  4. Add parsley, mint and half one quarter cup of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well.
  5. Cover the bottom of your cooking pot with zucchini or potatoes slices if the bottom of your pot is too thin in order to avoid burning.
  6. Gently open the flower and use a spoon to fill them and close with the petals to seal the filling. Don’t overfill them!
  7. Place the filled flowers on the lined pot.
  8. Add broth and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Place an inverted place on the flower to fix them and cover with a lid.
  10. Cook at low temperature until liquid is completely adsorbed. Switch off the heat and let cool down a bit. You may also place use a baking mold, cover as described ad bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for about 40 minutes (switch off after 30 minutes).
  11. Served at room temperature with Greek yogurt.

Advertisements

Tender Chicken Filet with Asparagus and Lemon

Tender-Chicken-Filet-with-Asparagus-and-Lemon-9

I was planning to prepare something like “Kotopoulo avgolemono ” (Greek chicken in lemon-egg sauce) with asparagus, but during the way home from home, the cold weather inspired me to prepare the meal on the open fire using my paella skillet.

If you cannot prepare this on the fire you may simply prepare this in your skillet, this will work for sure as well!

As the chicken was cooking I decided to skip the egg, the sauce was so delicious that I really did not need more and my fresh bread rolls came just out of the oven.

The result was extremely delicious a perfect warming and comforting meal!

The chicken was tender, juicy, the asparagus done but not too soft and the sauce: a real dream!

Tender Chicken Filet with Asparagus and Lemon

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/

Tender-Chicken-Filet-with-Asparagus-and-Lemon-5

You need:

  • 400 g chicken breast cut into big pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 500 g green asparagus, trimmed and partially peeled
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups vegetal or chicken broth
  • 2 small lemons, juice and peel of one of them

Procedure

  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and them with flour, remove excessive flour.
  2. Prepare the onion and the asparagus.
  3. Add oil to the skillet and adjust chicken pieces and onion on it.
  4. Heat and brown on both sides.
  5. Add wine, broth, lemon and peel of one lemon juice bring to simmer. After 10 minutes remove the lemon peel. (Variation: add some dill)
  6. Adjust asparagus on the chicken, the harder parts the asparagus should stay covered by the broth. Cook until asparagus is done, but not too soft. If necessary season the sauce or add little more water.
  7. Serve immediately with fresh bread or rice.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Melitzanopita – Greek Eggplant Pie

Melitzanopita--10

Spinach and cheese Greek pies are something delicious, they are very popular and you can find them ready to east in many places.

However other vegetables can be used for this preparation and today I’ve combined Eggplants (Melitzanes) with onion, carrots, peppers, cheese and… walnuts.

This description can be used and adapted to the ingredients you have on hand, but at the end please, season at your taste.

The strong ingredients I needed were tasty enough that today, and this happens very seldom, I didn’t use additional herbs. The result was a very tasty and beautiful vegetable pie!

Melitzanopita – Greek Eggplant Pie

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ Melitzanopita-11

You need:

  • 3 big round eggplants or 4 long eggplants, peeled diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil to fry
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 3 carrots, peeled sliced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cups walnuts
  • 200 g gruyere or 150 g kefalotyri cheese
  • 5 phillo sheets (Fillo sheets)
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • A few halve walnuts for decoration, optional

Procedure

  1. Place eggplants on a baking sheet (best if on a heat resistant parchment foil) and broil from on each side stirring form time to time until light browned and soft.
  2. In the meantime fry the onion, carrots and red pepper in a non-sticky skillet with the oil until soft.
  3. Roast the walnuts in the oven for about 5 minutes or until you see they begin to change color.
  4. When eggplant are ready add this to the skillet, toss and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Line your oiled baking mold with 3 sheet of phillo. You may brush the single sheet with little oil. Take care that the borders of the mold need to be covered as well.
  6. Fill the mold with the vegetables, add cheese and roughly chopped walnuts.
  7. Fold the overlapping borders of the sheets over the filling. Drizzle with little oil, fold once (so it makes 4 layers) and cover nicely with the remaining 2 sheets of phillo.
  8. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with one tablespoon of water and brush the upper sheets.
  9. Make 1 cm deep incision to pre-cut portions, top with the halved almonds and bake in a preheated to 180°C/350°F for about 40 minutes or until gold brown.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Zucchini Pie of Chania –Chaniotico Boureki

Zucchini-Pie-of-Chania--Chaniotico-Boureki

This is a traditional recipe from Crete (Greece) that needs some time to cook, but it’s really easy and can be prepared in advance. As side dish or as full meal this pie is always welcome!

There are many variation of this: some with puff pastry, some with a simple crust and even some without crust! Mint makes this dish very particular and it gives a wonderful taste.

Feel free to change the proportion of the ingredient on your taste or on what available.

My children loved to order this in the restaurant, now we can prepare this at home.

Zucchini Pie of Chania –Chaniotico Boureki

  • Servings: about 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ Zucchini-Pie-of-Chania--Chaniotico-Boureki

You need

  • 250 g fillo/phyllo pastry (or 1 big and 1 smaller not sweet pie crust, size depend on your mold)
  • 250 g potatoes, peeled sliced ( or coarsely grated)
  • 500 g zucchini, small sliced ( or coarsely grated)
  • 400 g fresh white cheese (best Greek antothiro or myzithra) or as alternative if you don’t find the Greek white cheese 300 g ricotta cheese + 100 g feta
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 20 leaves mint, chopped (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • 1 -2 tablespoon sesame seeds

Procedure

  1. Prepare all your ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven at 150°C-
  3. Grease your mold (I used my round 26 cm cake mold).
  4. Cover your mold with overlapping borders with 2 third of fillo.
  5. Fill with potatoes.
  6. Add half of zucchini.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add half of the cheese and half of mint leaves.
  9. Add remaining zucchini.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Add remaining cheese and mint leaves.
  12. Add some olive oil to taste (I add about 2 tablespoons).
  13. Add the egg but leave one tablespoon for the topping.
  14. Fold the fillo on the borders over filling.
  15. Brush little egg.
  16. Cover with 2 sheets of fillo.
  17. Brush with remaining egg and make incisions (in squares) over the surface.
  18. Spread sesame seeds and some oil (about 1 tablespoon).
  19. Bake at 150°C for 1 1/2 hours.
  20. Increase the heat in the last 10 minutes if necessary until golden brown.
  21. Serve warm of lukewarm.

Note: if you have bigger zucchini they will contain too much water. Put your sliced or grated zucchini in a bowl; add 1-2 teaspoons of salt. Stir. After 30 minutes rinse and drain prior use. Or perhaps another solution is to spread some breadcrumbs on fillo prior filling it with potatoes and zucchini. If you try this please let me know!

Zucchini-Pie-of-Chania-Chaniotico-Boureki-Sliced

Turkish and Greek Coffee

Turkish-Coffee

I was used to prepare my Greek coffee bringing to boil shortly the mixture once or twice, but now I tried a new way and the coffee turned out excellent and from now on I will adopt this method!

Annacia’s Turkish coffee recipe is simply perfect and the coffee I prepared was the best Turkish coffee I’ve ever prepared. The main point is: heat slowly and don’t let it boil. I was scared to prepare this because I still had some coffee (I used Greek coffee powder) that I had to use and I was not sure if this was fresh enough.

The coffee was perfect, great taste, foamy and enough and the powder stood only on the bottom of the cup!

I enjoyed it with a small https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/quince-jelly-and-quice-paste-dulce-de-membrillo/ and a glass of water.

Turkish and Greek Coffee

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ Turkish-Coffee

You need

  • 2 small turkish coffee cups cold water (espresso size!)
  • 2 tablespoons Turkish/Greek ground coffee (powder)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 2 pinch ground cardamom

Procedure

  1. In a small pot heat the water with the sugar and cardamom (no cardamom for the Greek version).
  2. When I you see that the water is warm stir once to dissolve the sugar and add the coffee.
  3. Heat slowly, without bring it to boil.
  4. Stir once as soon as the coffee starts to sink and the foam begins to be formed. Don’t let the coffee boil and let it “to rise”, if this happens remove quickly from the heat.
  5. Brew for about 2 minutes until I feel that it was ready, foamy but no more coffee powder on the surface.

Cuttlefish in Wine Sauce – Soupies Krasates

Cuttlefish-in-Wine-Sauce-Soupies-Krasates

Cuttlefish is a quite inexpensive seafood which offers many possibilities to be prepared.

I love stuffed cuttlefish, but even a simple recipe is excellent, especially if you use a good white wine without sulfuric smell (I love the golden “Romeiko” from Chania most) and you enjoy this sitting outside combined with salads and good bread to enjoy the sauce.

Once again I’ve proposed to you a Greek/Cretan dish which is called Σουπιές κρασάτες (Soupies krasates). Greek food is too good, I can’t resist it!

Cuttlefish in Wine Sauce - Soupies Krasates

  • Servings: about 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ Cuttlefish-in-Wine-Sauce-Soupies-Krasates

You need

  • 1 kg cuttlefish, if possible small or medium ones
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 galic cloves, sliced
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 10 grains of black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Procedure

  1. Wash and clean the cuttlefish (remove the bone, the eyes, the inner organs); cut into pieces the cuttlefish, this depends on the size and your preference.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan, add chopped onion and fry just until soft. Add a little water and blend the onion.
  3. Add cuttlefish and allow to make its juice.
  4. Add then rest of the oil and stir and cook briefly.
  5. Now add the wine as well as garlic and spices.
  6. Season with salt and pepper (don’t add to much salt as the sauce will be reduced).
  7. Cover and simmer until the cuttlefish results tender. This takes about 30 minutes.
  8. Add the vinegar for two minutes.
  9. Finally take a little of the sauce into a small bowl and dissolve the flour. Add this mixture to the food and stir until combined.
  10. Adjust salt again and serve on a dish with its sauce and fresh bread. This has not to be served hot!

Variation: you can also make sauce without the flour but add just after adding the wine 1 cup grated tomatoes, 1 cup chopped fennel and one cup pitted green olives. Or simply add the grated tomatoes.

Sourdough Whole Wheat Pita

sourdough-whole-wheat-pita-11

This recipe was a personal challenge: I wanted to develop a super easy pita recipe with sourdough with simple steps, no weighting and almost no work:

5 minutes to feed the dough + 5 minutes to prepare the dough (the evening before or early in the morning) and 10 minutes to roll the pitas out.

If you prefer to prepare bread rolls, that’s fine as well: instead of rolling the dough balls out shape them to rolls and let them rise until almost doubled before baking!

 

Sourdough Whole Wheat Pita

  • Servings: 2-3 pitas
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Print

Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ sourdough-whole-wheat-pita-10

You need:

  • 1 heaped (15 g) teaspoon sourdough starter (100%)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 heaped teaspoons all purpose-flour
  • 1 espresso cup (80 ml, 1/3 cup) water
  • 3 espresso cup (140 ml, 1 cup) 140 whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Procedure

  1. Take one teaspoon sourdough starter from your jar and place it into a bowl.
  2. Feed the starter adding to the jar 1 teaspoon water and 2 heaped teaspoons flour. Stir, cover and bring back to the fridge.
  3. Add to the bowl 1 espresso cup water, stir well.
  4. Add 3 espresso cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Stir and knead to from a ball. Lift the dough ball, grease the bowls with the oil and place the ball back into the bowl. Cover and let rest 8-16 hours. If it is too warm (more than 25°C) 8 hours may be enough to rise and double. Place in the fridge until you need the dough.
  5. When you want to prepare the pita breads, divide the dough into 3 parts, shape 3 balls but don’t knead the dough.
  6. Roll out the balls on a floured surface to the size of about 15 cm (about 3 mm thick). Let rest the disks for about 20 minutes on a floured baking tray.
  7. In the meanwhile preheat the oven to 250° C.
  8. Place the tray into the oven and bake until well puffed and light browned, this takes about 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool down partially. With a knife open the pitas and fill them as you like. Enjoy!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.