Tiropita Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Meze, Uncategorized

Tiropita with Feta cheese

Tiropita by Litsa!

Street food, snack, meze or something to enjoy at any moment is Tiropita!

A very delicious cheese pie, made with Feta cheese and eggs, something between a pie and a Soufflé!

Warm or cold, with coffee, tea, beer or wine it is absolutely delicious!

Every country has their own street food!

When in a different country make it a point to have the street food of the area, paying special attention to the way the food is prepared and how clean everything is! Also look at the person behind the cart, and their hands, how does it feel, inviting, you get a good feeling, then go ahead and have some, otherwise do not play with your vacation time!

Don’t go with the logic that heat kills all and it is just fine!

This is a very important detail if you don’t want to get sick!

Ask many questions and never assume!

I remember in one of our vacations to Colombia I was ready to get a piece from a cluster hanging from a tree thinking it was cheese, thank god someone asked me if I knew what that was, I said cheese and he said with a smile, Iguana eggs!

Needless to say, I went no further!

In Greece, they have so many to choose from, but the most famous and delicious is the Souvlaki!

Delicious lamb or pork and chicken chunks, marinated in all the amazing herbs and spices of the region and roasted in charcoal, make the best street food!

Tiropita, spanakopita, koulouri with Sesame and so much more are available and it is clean food! Delicious food and very inexpensive!

Here is my recipe for a very delicious Tiropita!

You will need:

500 gr. Phyllo

2 cups Feta cheese crumbled

6 eggs

1 cup milk

Pepper

Oil for oiling in between the phyllo

Here is what you do:

In a bowl mix the crumbled Feta cheese with 3 of the eggs and ½ cup milk, add the pepper.

Oil a rectangular Pyrex pan

Start layering the phyllo one by one oiling between each and every phyllo.Use ½ of the phyllo on the bottom and then pour the feta mixture.

Continue layering the same way until there is no more phyllo.

Score the Tiropita with a sharp knife.

In a little bowl add the other 3 eggs and the rest of the milk and with a fork mix well.

Pour this mixture on the top of your scored tiropita and make sure it covers all the area.

Sprinkle a little grated parmesan on top and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes.

You want your tiropita to have a nice golden color.

 

 

 

Pork loin by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Uncategorized

Pork Loin By Litsa!

Pork Loin By Litsa!

Pork loin recipe for 4 people!

Pork loin, a fabulous piece of meat that is so delicious and easy to work with!

There are many ways to cook Pork loin, and it always comes out delicious.

The controversy about eating Pork goes back to the beginning of time when Pigs were scavengers, eating whatever was in front of them, therefore a forbidden meat!

Things have changed and Pigs are kept in an environment that is good and supervised, also they are fed a mix of grains such as barley, wheat, corn, canola meal, as well as legumes like peas, soybeans or lentils.

No more scavenger hunts!

Cooking it, has to be precise because it has no fat and no bone, therefore it requires attention, overcook it and it becomes hard.

I love to marinate it, and then BBQ for a few minutes on each side. I don’t like my Pork to be bloody I like it medium well, Pork has to be cooked well!

BBQ the whole thing and cut it after, this way it remains nice and juicy.

But today this is a different recipe,  one of my favorites, a crowd pleaser, and the kids love it this way!

It has a little more work but the end result is phenomenal!

 

Here is what you will need!

2 Pork loins, cut in about 2” pieces, remove the silver lining with a sharp knife.

Place meat in a bowl and season meat well with, salt, pepper, garlic salt. Paprika, oregano a touch of sugar, a little olive oil, one onion sliced and a little balsamic vinegar.

Mix well and refrigerate for a few hours.

For the breading, you will need,

2 cups plain bread crumbs and you will use all the dry seasonings you used for the meat + 1 cup chopped almonds. Be generous with your seasonings!

2 eggs lightly beaten

You will dip the meat in the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumb mixture, and fry in vegetable oil until nice and golden turning only once!

This is an amazing recipe, and I hope you like it, for sure a keeper!

You can serve a nice salad and some pasta or rice with it and you have a complete meal!

A meal to please the gods!

 

Brie by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Meze, Uncategorized

This is an amazing appetizer if you like Brie!

I love Brie and when I make it this way it is a hit all the time.Even if you don’t fancy this French cheese, I can assure you, you will love it!First of all, it is a conversation piece, and after the looks, the taste is fabulous.

When the cheese melts and it combines with the rest of the ingredients it’s like something wonderful happens!

The perfect bread to enjoy this delicacy is a baguette, Have it ready to Be enjoyed with the delicious soft cheese!

A very special recipe done with love will be remembered for a long time!

 

 

img_5963Brie

Brie in Phyllo

Here is what you will need,

1 Brie

2 tbsp butter and a little olive oil

2 onions sliced

1 clove garlic

½ cup walnuts

2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

¼ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp Apricot preserves

Salt and pepper to tasteimg_5965

6 Phyllo sheets

Melted butter for the Phyllo

Here is what to do

In a heavy skillet add butter and olive oil

Sauté the onions and garlic until transparent, for a few minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients and cook a few more minutes

Remove from heat

Butter an ovenproof plate and start layering the Phyllo

Make sure you butter in between each Phyllo

Place the brie on the Phyllo and add the onion mixture on top of the cheese

Cover with the Phyllo, butter well and bake at 350 until nice and golden, about 25-30 minutes

Serve hot with baguette slices, perfection!

Brownies Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Uncategorized

Here is an easy recipe for Brownies.Why I love them because they are delicious,totally uncomplicated and you can serve them with ice cream!

Also, I love chocolate and these Brownies are chocolate,they don’t have chocolate ,they are chocolate!

Just make sure the cocoa is of a very good quality,the one for baking not the one for chocolate milk…

The American dessert that has become famous all over the world!

Here is what you will need for the very best Brownies!

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

Brownies by Litsa!

Brownies

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 cup walnuts( roasted and crushed )

2 eggs

Vanilla a little chocolate liqueur and a pinch of salt

Here is how to make Brownies

With the rack in the middle position,preheat oven to 350

line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift them

Beat butter and sugar for a few minutes

Add the eggs and continue a few more minutes

At this point add the dry ingredients and vanilla,liqueur and salt

Mix well

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

And you have perfection! Brownies made by your lovely hands!

A dessert with no chemicals and preservatives,

Something that you can serve the kids with no guilt! 

Only when we make something at home,only then we are sure of what our children are eating.

Healthy food,no additives and all kinds of preservatives that are so harmful in the long run!

Litsa! With Love!

 

 

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