Monday, November 29, 2010

Pork steaks in the oven

Today i wanted to make a classic meat dish, pork steaks in the oven, its easy and fast, you just put the meat in the oven and that's it...but there is a secret to make the meat juicy and soft and this is what i am going to reveal to you today!

You will need:
(For 4 people)

4 pork steaks
Salt, pepper, oregano
2-3 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Some water

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and while you wait wash the steaks and put them in an oven pan, i used a Pyrex as you can see in the photos. Add some salt, pepper, oregano and some olive oil. With a brush add some mustard in both sides and the garlic (cut it in half) and add some water (half of a tea cup).

Put the steaks in the middle of the oven and when you see that the meat is getting white (in about 10 to 15 min) turn them so the other side will get white too. After that cover the pan with an aluminum foil and cook the meat for about 1,5 hours, check it from time to time and add some water if necessary. The cooking with the aluminum foil for so many hours will keep the meat juicy and soft.

Try your meat and when its soft and cooked, turn the heat to 200 degrees, remove the aluminum foil and let the meat stand for about 5 minutes on each side until you see it gets a nice colour. Your meat is ready and its time to serve it.

I served it with boiled vegetables, saganaki cheese and foiled baked potatoes. (wash the potatoes, don't remove the skin, foil them in aluminum foil, pinch them with a fork in different places and put them in the middle of the oven. It takes about an hour to be cooked but of course it depends of the potato. Pinch them with a fork and you will understand when its cooked. Serve them with the aluminum foil and just open it and add some spices if you want, butter or some cream cheese).

Bon appetit!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Chicken in beer sauce with mustard

As i mentioned some days ago i was getting ready to travel to Greece and visit my family so now i am here, ready to cook in my Greek kitchen. 2 days ago i have decided to prepare a nice dinner for my parents so we can sit all together and eat, drink and talk since i haven't seen them for some months.

I have said that before, in Greece we eat a lot of red meat and i am trying not to eat it that often so i decided to cook chicken and make a sauce from beer!

 You will need:
(for 4 portions)

2 big chicken breast fillet
1 orange pepper
6-7 fresh onions
1big clove of garlic
Salt, pepper, oregano, 3 daphne leaves
2 teaspoons mustard
330 ml beer
Olive oil

Cut the onions, the garlic, the pepper and the meat in small pieces as you see in the picture below, add some olive oil in a big pot and when its very hot throw in the pepper, and the meat, stir well for a couple of minutes and then add the garlic and the onion. Add salt, pepper, oregano, the mustard and stir again. When the meat has taken some color and its not pink anymore you can add the beer and some water, make sure that the sauce is covering the meat, add the daphne, stir again, put the lid on the pot, low the fire in half and let it cook for at least 3 hours. You can check it every 1 hour and try the meat to see if its cooked.

You can serve this with rice and some boiled vegetables or potatoes or pasta.  I have decided to serve this also with red peppers stuffed with feta cheese.

For this you put some feta in a plate, add pepper, oregano and olive olive and make it as a paste with a fork and with a spoon or with your hands you put the feta in the peppers (first wash the peppers and cut the top). Put the peppers in a preheated oven and cook them for 10-12 minutes at 200 degrees with hot air.

Κάλη σας όρεξη!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chicken tortillas

Today is a very busy day, i am going to Greece tomorrow so i have plenty of things to between the packing and fixing the house and making some phone calls and arrange some things i realised that we need to eat also!!!!

What shall i cook that is fast, delicious and good for the health??? Tortillas! I didn't had the time to make my own so i bought them ready from the supermarket but it works just fine! And from tomorrow since i will be in Greece i will share with you more Greek recipes made in my Greek kitchen!

You will need:
 For 4 portions

4 big tortillas
4 small chicken breast fillet
250 gr cottage cheese
1 green pepper
1 orange or yellow pepper
1 red pepper
2 big tomatoes
1 big clove garlic
Mustard, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, cummin, curry, cayenne pepper
Olive oil
100 gr grated yellow cheese (any kind you like)

Cut the peppers and the garlic in small pieces, add some olive oil in a pan (i use a wok) and when the oil is hot throw them in, stir well and after a couple of minutes add the chicken after you have cut in in small thin pieces.

Add the mustard and all the spices. Stir from time to time and be careful so it doesn't get burned. The temperature must be high.

When the chicken is ready remove it from the pan and share it in the tortillas. Add the cottage cheese, some tomato and if you like add some boiled corn and peas for more flavour and color! Roll the tortillas as you see at the picture down below and add some grated cheese on the top. If you have a problem to keep the tortillas closed use a wooden toothpick to close it and don't forget to remove it before you start eating!

Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes and put the oven pan with the tortillas in it for about 5 minutes. When the cheese has melted, that means they are ready. You can serve them with salad or boiled vegetables.

Bon appetit!