Sunday, September 6, 2015

Greek Dinner (3 Recipes)


Today we will be sharing 3 recipes on the blog.
One for Donairs, one for Greek salad, and one for Greek Rice. 
It is fairly easy to whip up these recipes and enjoy a fantastic Greek inspired meal. Of course, you don't have to make all 3, they are fantabulous on their own as well. 
I had never made donairs before and was worried they would be difficult. Nope. Turns out I worried for nothing. They are actually a lot of fun to make. Definitely give them a try if you haven't yet!
First up: Donairs.


Donairs

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp flour
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp Greek seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Sauce
1 (12oz) can of evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
4 - 5 tsp white vinegar

Also
 pita bread
tomato, chopped
onion, chopped
lettuce, shredded
feta, crumbled 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Line a broiler pan (or cookie sheet if you don't have a broiler pan) with tinfoil, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef and spices. 


**Now comes the fun part**
Once mixed, pick up the meat and throw down with force 20 times, kneading it after each throw. 
Form into a rectangular loaf (as per photo below):
*Note - there is 2 loaves pictured as I doubled the recipe. As written above, the recipe only makes 1 loaf.*


Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, flip the loaf over, then bake for another 40 or so minutes. (Flipping the loaf over ensures even cooking.) 
The meat will cut much better if you chill it overnight so you should make this the day before you want to have your meal!
Prepare sauce - In a bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, sugar, and garlic powder. Slowly whisk in vinegar, 1 tsp at a time, until thickened to your desired consistency. (I used 5 tsp)
Chill sauce until ready to use.
When ready to prepare donairs - Slice the meat into very thin slices.


Warm the meat in a pan until heated through. Serve on pitas (warming the pita is optional), with lettuce, onion, tomato, and feta. Drizzle with some of the sauce.


Next up: Greek Rice


Greek Rice

Ingredients
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups Jasmine rice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1 tsp Greek seasoning
2 stalks celery, diced fine
1 tsp dried parsley

Directions
In a large pot, bring chicken broth and lemon juice to a boil, add in the rice and stir. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is done - about 20 minutes.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add in the onion, garlic, carrot, Greek seasoning, celery, and parsley.


Cook and stir until vegetables have softened - about 8 or so minutes.
Stir in the cooked rice. Cook and stir until rice has dried a little and is less sticky.
Serve hot.

And, lastly, the Greek Salad


Greek Salad

Ingredients
1 cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
1/4 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup feta, crumbled

Dressing
(You can use one of our recipes HERE or store bought)

Directions
Toss together veggies, onion, and feta. Drizzle with some dressing and toss to combine.
Sprinkle with more feta, if desired.


Serve all three recipes together for a lovely Greek inspired meal.


All those colors look so pretty on a plate, am I right?


I made the donair meat up the night before so all I had to do was heat it in a pan while cooking the rice. I made the salad up in the afternoon and didn't dress it until I was ready to serve it. 
When dinner time came around it was easy peasy to put everything together. 
Great meal idea to cut down your kitchen time when dinner is being served. You can do most of the prep before hand so you can spend more time with your dinner guests. 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. I love Greek food, everything sounds so good, what a delicious meal! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  2. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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