Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Easy Dinner #1

When I first got married, I hadn't cooked for a while. Wanting to impress my new husband with a wonderful "manly" dinner, I bought the best rib eye steak I found, some veggies for salad and a bottle of Cabernet and invited a couple of friends over to enjoy my first meal.

Well... it took me about 3 hours to get this "simple" dinner together: The steak was undercooked, then I overcooked it and still managed to leave it cold in the center... It was a disaster we laughed off (not me), but I made it my goal from that day on to have a delicious dinner made from scratch on the table in around 30-40 minutes*

* Some times it takes a little longer, sometimes a little less, but who's really counting?

When you prepare a meal with good quality ingredients - preferably organic / local  / free range- you don't need much. With a little preparation and confidence in yourself, you can whip up some amazing, simple dishes that you and your family can enjoy.

I love Greek food and I love Buffalo meat. Buffalo is healthier than cow (make sure it's free range and grass fed) since it has a much lower fat content.

Here's an easy recipe I make often. I tend to "eye-ball" my ingredient quantities, so feel free to adjust  depending on your taste.

Greek Style Buffalo Meatballs:
(4 servings)

1 lb ground buffalo.
1 egg.
3 cloves of garlic - chopped.
1/2 tb dried oregano or 1 1/2tsp fresh oregano - chopped (almost ground).
1 1/2 tb mint - coarsely chopped.
1 1/2 tb parsley - coarsely chopped.
Juice of 1 large-ish lemon (divided into 2).
2 tsp lemon zest (from the 1 lemon).
1/4 tsp salt  (or more to taste).
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (or more to taste).
Dash of cayenne pepper or a pinch chill flakes.

- Preheat oven to 350.
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and roughly mix by hand (only use juice from one lemon half).
- Make 1" meatballs (don't pack them too tight) and place on a baking sheet or pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, drizzle the juice from the second lemon half on top and sprinkle with salt.
- Serve while they are still very hot.

The are great served with a big salad of lettuce, tomato and onion, and with Tzaziki that I put together while they are baking in the oven spooned on top.

Tzaziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce):
1 cup Greek strained yogurt (Faghe 0% is great).
3 garlic cloves - chopped into tiny bits.
1 small cucumber - peeled and seeded and cut into very small cubes.
1 tb mint - coarsely chopped.
1 tb parsley - coarsely chopped.
Juice from 1 lemon.
Pinch of salt.
A few grinds of black pepper.
2 tb GOOD cold pressed olive oil (emphasis on GOOD).

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork, drizzle with olive oil and serve. Each person can spoon as much as they want over the meatballs.



Jessica said...

Sounds yummy! May have to try that next week. I'm sure my hubby will love it!

Clau said...

Got me hungry! a ver si al bomberin le gusta,if not ill eat it all! ja!