Friday, May 22, 2015

Chicken Souvlaki

Tonight's Dinner (Greek fare)
Chicken shish kababs
Greek salad
Garlic potatoes
Wine pairing: fruity red such as Beaujolais 
or 
crisp medium bodied white such as Sauvignon Blanc

Chicken Souvlaki platter
Souvlaki are Greek kababs made of tender cuts of pork, lamb or chicken. These gorgeous kababs are marinated in fresh quality ingredients. Olive oil, lime juice, mint and a bunch of herbs and spices give a punch of authentic Greek flavors. Serve it along side potatoes or Greek pilaf and salad topped with olives, sprinkled with feta cheese and a small dish of Tzatziki for a great BBQ experience.

You can cook the kababs in a BBQ or a griddle pan. If you are using wooden skewers don't forget to soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Make a good quantity of Greek seasoning(recipe here) beforehand, as this will be used for all the recipes in this platter. Bon Appétit or should I say Καλό ταξίδι.

Chicken shish kababs
Chicken shish kababs
Ingredients: (serves 4-5)
10 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 tbsp Greek seasoning
Salt to taste
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Mix all the ingredients and marinate chicken pieces for 3-4 hours. Longer the better. 
  2. Thread the skewers through the marinated chicken pieces. 
  3. Grill them on high for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally till cooked through and evenly charred on all sides. 
  4. Sprinkle with extra lime juice if desired and serve with all the fixins. Tzatziki is a must.
Greek Salad

Greek Salad
Ingredients: (serves 4-5)
Lettuce
English cucumber
Tomatoes
Red onion
Olives
Feta cheese
Dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cloves garlic, grated
1 1/2 tbsp Greek seasoning
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp sugar
  1. Tear lettuce into small pieces, cut large chunks of tomatoes and cucumbers and slice red onion into rings. Put all these in a large bowl. 
  2. Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and toss into the above bowl. Cover and refrigerate to let the flavors blend(30 minutes). 
  3. To serve spoon a large helping on the serving plate and top with kalamata olives and some crumbled feta cheese. Mmmm mmm good.
Garlic Potatoes

Garlic Potatoes
Ingredients: (serves 4-5)
4-5 large potatoes
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 tbsp Greek seasoning
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp lime juice
salt to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, and add crushed garlic. Cook till light pink. 
  2. Add all other ingredients and a sprinkle a palm full of water. 
  3. Mix thoroughly, simmer and cover. 
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes checking frequently to prevent it from burning till potatoes are cooked through. 
  5. Serve hot with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.