Monday, November 26, 2012

Fresh Tzatzaki Sauce


  • 3 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon (3 tbsp)
  • 2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt (for salting cucumbers)
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Peel cucumbers and slice lengthwise. Take a spoon and scoop seeds out of the middle (it should look like a little boat when you're through).
  2. Cut cucumbers into 1/4" slices and place in colander.
  3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp kosher salt over cucumbers and let stand for at least 30 minutes (to draw out the water).
  4. Drain and wipe cucumbers with a paper towel.
  5. In a food processor, place cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and black pepper. Process until well blended.
  6. Blend mixture into Greek yogurt. 
  7. Place into refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Courtesy of: Kayln's Kitchen

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vegetable Gratin a la Goat Cheese

This recipe is a hybrid of 2 recipes I found online and decided to tweak a little bit. I must say the results did turn out quite tasty, especially if you like the unique tangy flavor of goat cheese. I omitted the potatoes from the original recipe because we were already having 2 carb heavy dishes in our Thanksgiving meal - feel free to add them back in if you want.

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 zucchini, 1/4 inch sliced
  • 2-4 yellow squash, 1/4 inch sliced
  • 3-4 large Roma tomatoes, 1/4 inch sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
  3. Layer ½ of the goat cheese on top of the onions.
  4. Slice the zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. 
  5. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. 
  6. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
  7. Pour the milk over the entire dish.
  8. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned. Enjoy.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cocktail Meatballs or Little Smokies

This is a super easy appetizer to put out at a party that is delicious! I added the lemon juice to help cut the excessive sweetness of the grape jelly - its your call.

  • 1 bag frozen original meatballs or 2 packages of little smokies cocktail sausages (watch for MSG) or homemade meatballs if you are feeling adventurous!
  • 2 bottles chili sauce
  • 2 cups grape jelly
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Bake meatballs as directed on package (normally 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees).
  2. While those are baking, combine chili sauce, grape jelly & lemon juice in a pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Add meatballs and continue to simmer for the next hour. 
  4. Serve with toothpicks!

  • Option: combine all into crockpot and let simmer on high for an hour. (FYI - I tried this on low overnight and it burned the sausages beyond recognition; hence why the pic is of round 2 -> meatballs)

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