Lamb Shanks, Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Lamb shank, and the fascination we have with that delectable piece of meat! Whichever way you decide to prepare it, it will make your life easy!

The only thing you need to remember is that you need time! Because you want to cook them well so the meat falls off the bone, and that is the secret!

I have many recipes, but the latest one is simply one of the very best! It pleases the eye and of course, the taste is unbelievable!

It takes courage to take a dive into the unknown,but trust me you will love this delicious results!
Here is the recipe for 2

2 Lamb shanks

5 cloves of garlic

3 potatoes quartered

2 carrots sliced

Salt and pepper

2 ounces of butter

1/4 of a Pound of Greek Kefalotiri cheese in cubes

2 sprigs of Rosemary

For the home made Phyllo

3 cups flour

1 egg

1 pouch instant yeast

4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp milk

salt and a touch of pepper

1 tsp sugar

 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Here is how

Add the yeast and sugar in a little warm water and mix well to dissolve the yeast!

Ina bowl add flour, egg and the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough, let it rest for a few minutes!

Prepares the meat and vegetables by seasoning them well!

Open your phyllo for a “12 pie plate, it has to be thick. Place the potatoes and carrots as a first layesr and on the top place the meat, add the butter and cheese and some fresh rosemary!

Cover with the next phyllo and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 350.when you see that the color of the pie is golden,cover with foil and continue to bake!

You will have an amazing way to serve lamb!

A Green salad will compliment this dish!

Potatoes, chickpeas and spinach!Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Sides

Potatoes, chickpeas, and spinach!

Dill is the herb of my choice for this recipe!

OH, life is good, when you can have something so delicious with no effort!

Go ahead and make this recipe you will love it with some nice bread and a glass of wine!

½ cup olive oil

4 Potatoes diced

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

1 large onion diced

½ bunch dill

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 bunch fresh spinach

Salt pepper and a touch of garlic powder

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cup water

Here is how!

In a pan add the oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes, add the potatoes and continue cooking a little more stirring the potatoes so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the water and the tomato sauce, salt pepper, and garlic salt!

Cook potatoes in medium heat for about 8-10 minutes,

At this point add the chickpeas

 and spinach, add a little more water if needed, and lower the heat and cook until spinach is ready and to your likening.

Plate the food and just before serving add a little good olive oil!

Fresh olive oil is the very best thing you can add to this dish!

 

Fava-the Greek secret-Litsa

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Fava, a winter recipe that is loved by the Greek people!

Fava beans are very delicious, and when you make them the traditional Greek way, they are very nutritious and filling, perfect as a meal, or a dip, to be enjoyed with olive oil and good bread!However Fava beans are difficult to cook, they require too much time, and many steps, to this end we have been using yellow split beans also called Fava, the recipe is called Fava even though we use different peas.

Here is the recipe and in this recipe, I use yellow split peas it is easy!

Fava by Litsa!

Fava by Litsa!

You will need,

2 cups yellow split peas rinsed

¼ cup olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

Salt, pepper and a touch of sugar

Vegetable stock or chicken stock

Here is how to make the famous Fava!

In a pot add the oil the chopped onion and garlic, sauté for a few minutes until they become soft, add the peas and season with the seasonings, add the stock making sure it covers the peas and then some.

Cook in moderate heat for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and purée.

Place on a nice platter and it is ready to use!  

As a topping, I like to use sauté onions and mushrooms, in a little butter and olive oil and it is an addition I like. Adding a little olive oil is a must!

If you like to go the Traditional Greek way, for a topping you will use olive oil, chopped onion, oregano, and olives!

A little reminder, Fava is thirsty and loves olive oil, use it with love and don’t hesitate!

Please don’t forget to have nice bread and a glass of wine!

 

 

 

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa!

Shrimp Chowder, a soup that hits the spot on a very cold day!Recipe for two!

Easy to make and so delicious, please double the recipe if you want for more than 2 people!

 I love New England for many reasons but the lobster and the chowder are my favorite meals to have when I visit that beautiful part of the US.

I only wish the water of the Atlantic ocean was warmer so we could enjoy swimming, but no, not for me, way too cold!

Here is how I make my Shrimp Chowder and I love it!

You will need,

15 shrimp

2 large potatoes diced

1 large onion diced

1 clove garlic chopped

4 slices bacon cut in small pieces

1 tbs butter

2 tbs oil

1 can corn

2 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth or water

½ cup white wine

1 cup cream

1 cup water

1 tbs flour

Salt, pepper, dry thyme and a few red pepper flakes

Here is how to make the shrimp chowder by Litsa!

In a pan put the oil butter, bacon and cook for a few minutes

Add the onion and garlic and sauté until onion is nice and transparent

Deglaze with the wine, cook for a few minutes.

Add the potatoes, corn and chicken broth, cook for about 10 minutes until potatoes are done, over medium heat.

At this point add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, dry thyme and red pepper flakes.

Add the cream.

In the cup of water dilute the flour and add to the Shrimp Chowder.

Cook for a few more minutes or until the soup is nice and thick!

Try and adjust seasonings.

Your Shrimp Chowder is ready and it is delicious!