Beef Pot Roast –Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Beef Pot Roast by Litsa!

 

I love recipes that I can just put in the oven and forget about them, and when the food is done, I have deliciousness! This Beef pot roast recipe is exactly that!

A hearty recipe, that the man love and it is so easy to make them happy with this dish!

And we want to make then happy because it comes back to us many times over…I hear my grandmother, “feed them well and if you ask for the universe they will give it to you!”Yes grandma it works”

It has the past and certainly has a future!

It has been one of my favorites and a family recipe as long as I can remember, you know the little treasures I usually talk about, one of those!

Meat lovers will always enjoy a good solid recipe, and here is my take on the delicious Beef Pot Roast!

Pork loin with almonds – Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Uncategorized

Pork Loin By Litsa!

Pork Loin By Litsa!

 

Pork Loin With Almonds

I have always loved pork loin as it is scrumptious and divine! Not to mention it is relatively effortless to cook and you can feed four people or more if you do it right.

I often wonder about the history of pork loin and how it was taboo to eat pork in olden times because pigs were the least choosy in their eating habits when compared to all the domestic animals. But the world is different now; pigs are reared with special love and care and given a nutritional diet with a plethora of grains and legumes especially canola meal, barley, wheat, lentils, soybeans.

It’s better than what many people get to eat nowadays!

Pork loin is simple to cook because it is trim in fat and has virtually no bone matter stuck in the meat but you need to be specific when you are calculating the time and temperature of cooking because the dish will be no good if the meat stiffens due to too much heat. The best dishes are made from free range pork which comes from pigs which are allowed to move around in habitats close to their natural environment. This kind of elitist meat can really spice up your dinner so ask your local supermarket to make free range versions available. You will be able to taste a world of a difference!

The first rule of cooking pork loin and cooking it well lies in the temperature. On a standard scale, ground pork should be cooked at 160F and whole pork at 145F. This is not just to make it taste better but also to kill germs which reside in raw meat. I am a little picky with the way I want my pork to come out. I don’t want it to be dripping with blood and too rare but just a tad bit on the medium well-done side which is why I will marinate and BBQ after and then cut it up into mouth-watering slices to enjoy. However, I will now tell you about my age-old delectable recipe which gets every person no matter how young craving for more. You could try it the next time you are hosting an impromptu dinner as it is bound to impress!

Here is the recipe is broken down for easy understanding:-

  • Buy two pork loins and slice them up into two pieces each. Use a butcher’s knife for easy cutting.
  • Put the pork in a large bowl and begin marinating with the following spices, balsamic vinegar, paprika, a dash of sugar, a pinch of salt, garlic, and pepper. You can throw in an onion and some olive oil for that extra touch.
  • Make sure the ingredients penetrate the meat and you may need to work it in with your hands. Refrigerate for as many hours as you can spare.
  • Prepare the breading with crushed almond and bread crumbs. Season well with the same spices you used for the meat to add uniformity to the dish.
  • In a bowl add two eggs and whisk them well.
  • Take the meat out of the refrigerator and dip taking turns in the eggs and bread crumbs.
  • Heat up a frying pan and add some olive oil or vegetable oil and fry the pork loin till it turns a lovely golden. Flip once and fry the other side.
  • Serve with garnishing or a side of rice, pasta or salad.

 

 

Clams by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes

Clams and all kinds of seafood, Or according to the French the Fruit of the sea “fruit de Mer”I love!

If you have the pleasure of living close to the sea you know what I’m talking about!

Fresh seafood with a little Ouzo or a nice glass of white wine and it’s perfection!

I can enjoy the moment by myself, this way I can take it all in and sometimes this is all you need! Very therapeutic indeed!

Other times a good friend will enhance the moment no dought!

Here is my recipe for a delightful dish of seafood!

You will need! 

3 dozen small hard-shelled clams-scrubbed well, this recipe is for 2

¼ cup olive oil

Clams by Litsa!

Clams by Litsa!

1 onion sliced

2 cloves garlic

½ cup chopped parsley

½ cup red wine

½ cup prepared tomato sauce

¼ cup water

Salt, pepper and a touch of sugar

½ cup feta crumbs

Here is what to do

In a heavy pan with cover, add the oil and sauté onion and garlic until transparent.

Deglaze with the wine, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

At this point add the clams and cover.

Heat has to be moderately high, cook for 7 minutes or until clams are open.

They will open with the steam

Discard any that did not open after 7 minutes, they are not eatable and will never open!

Place them on a platter, and keep them warm. Make sure the sauce is nice and thick if not, cook a few more minutes and pour over clams!

Serve with nice bread, because the sauce is delicious…

The fish that we have with this recipe is a slice of white fish with the skin, and we make sure that our fish is patted dry, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried in olive oil until skin is nice and crisp.

You can use, bass, grouper, snapper to name a few, and these are great for frying and searing.

 

 

Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo-Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes

Youvetsi with Chicken

Youvetsi

 

 Youvetsi with Chicken and Orzo by Litsa!

The Greek love affair with the famous Orzo! We love orzo and we use it in so many recipes, like the famous Youvetsi!

A Greek casserole!

So very comforting for every Greek person on the planet! 

A Sunday meal, usually done with Veal or Lamb!

Chicken is a nice variation and it’s faster, especially if you follow my recipe, done in 30 minutes!

We also love Orzo in Soups and salads!

I think it is the preferred pasta of the Greek people!

We just need an excuse to use Orzo, how about that!

Do you have 30 minutes?

Let’s do it!

                                                                                                                        

Here is what you will need                                                                                                                          

6 chicken thighs (all visible fat removed)

1 onion diced

1 clove garlic smashed

¼ cup olive oil

½ cup red wine

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups Orzo, make sure the Orzo is 100% semolina for best results

3 cups hot water + if necessary

Here is how to make  Youvetsi with Orzo

In a heavy pan add oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes.

Add chicken and garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, turning chicken over.

Deglaze with the wine.

Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock, cinnamon stick, salt pepper and sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

At this point add the Orzo, and 3 cups hot water, stir to distribute Orzo evenly!

Adjust heat to medium and cook your Youvetsi another 10 minutes, uncovered and with your undivided attention, stirring and adding hot water if it becomes necessary.The same procedure as you make risotto!You cook the pasta al dente!

When done, remove from the heat and let the Youvetsi rest for a few minutes before serving.

Your Youvetsi with Orzo ie ready!

Serve with a good quality grated cheese! Great comfort food and so easy!

Litsa!

 

 

 

 

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