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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!

 

 

 

 

Orzo Summer salad (Manestra Stolismenh)

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Salads

Orzo or Manestra as we call it in Greek is my favorite comfort food.

I like it the traditional way, but it’s a lot of fun to experiment and come up with a new recipe.

I like to play with the different ingredients and this time, this salad is awesome. Summer is upon us and salads are a must for me. I like to have them ready and available when hunger strikes. Pasta is easy to prepare and when you add some fresh vegetables it becomes like my mother said when I was preparing it “Manestra stolismenh”.I thought it was so cute and I adopted the name. What a pleasure to be trying out recipes and have my dear mother keeping me company and always having something sweet to say…..

Have fun with this Orzo salad. Make some extra and look around and really see…….Maybe a dear friend is sick, an older person can’t cook, be generous and share…..It is better to give than to receive Jesus said and there is so much wisdom in his words!

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