Le Fantóme also likes Greek food and got many of his recipes from parents of the students he taught music to! Well, le Fantome didn't actually teach them; he just partaked of them as a kiddo when his Mom taught them music!
The first one is for stuffed GRAPE Leaves!  Now before you go YUK!  This recipe has never been turned down after people try it at a pot luck!

Grecian Dormades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)   

jar grape leaves             2 cups beef broth
1 lb. ground chuck           1 cup undercooked rice
2 TB catsup                  1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped parsley      2 TB butter
1 1/2 tsp salt               1/2 tsp pepper
2 TB lemon juice             1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix up all ingredients except leaves, broth, lemon juice and catsup.  (Ah, go ahead and add te catsup and juice if you want just add it again to the sauce later)  Place a TB of stuffing on the DULL side of the grape leaf and foldover sides and top to bottom. Place folded side down in baking dish or crock pot and top with mixture of the broth, lemon juice and catsup.  Cook if one stove for 1 hour on low.  If in oven at 350 for 1 hour; if crock pot on HI for 3 hours! Enjoy!

Souflaki    a    la    Torch

Next a sorta shish-ka-bob for the grill or Barbeque!
With a Greek Touch!

2 1/2 lb beef filet or heavy beef
1 TB oregano        1 TB salt and pepper to taste
1/2 oz or more red wine (cheap)
4 oz olive oil    Onions, Green Peppers, Firm Tomatoes
lemon juice to taste.

Cut meat into cubes. Combine oregano, salt, pepper, wine and olive oil.  Add meat to it and marinate 6-8 hours or overnight.  Place 6 cubes on a skewer alternating with onion cubes, green pepper and tomatoes.  Broil to taste and squeeze lemon juice over all.
This was highjacked at the Torch Restraunt in Dallas which is now closed.    Next up, the piece de resistance.....


Ah, the sweets of the Greek Isle!  When Le Fantome was a little Phantom he devourved a whole recipe of this one and his MAMA paddled him Good!  

Pastry: 1 1/2 Fillo dough         1 1/2 lb butter (real)
1 1/2 lb pecans from TEXAS or almonds if you wish
1 tsp cinnamon     1/2 cup sugar

Sauce: 5 cups sugar        4 cups H20 (water)
       2 cups honey        1 tsp cinnamon
       1 TB lemon juice    2 TB rum or brandy (Yum!)
       1 TB rum extract    2-3 whole cloves

For pastry- combine nuts, sugar, cinnamon. Divide into 4 equal parts.  In 9x13 in pan line with 40 sheets of Fillo which has been buttered by using a brush.  Sprinkle 1/4 of the nut mixture on the top. per 10 sheets. Build up to the 40  ending with fillo and pour remaining butter over the top.  Cut into 2 inch diamonds and Bake at 325 F for 1 hour covered with foil and only uncovered for the last 20 minutes.  Remove and pour 2 cups of the syrup which has been boiled and reduced by 1/3. One hour later pour more syrup over the baklava.  This keeps 10 days if it lasts that long!  To clarify: Heat the water, honey and syrup and remove when thickened and add the rum, extracts cloves and cinnamon and lemon juice to it.  I have no idea how many calories it is nor do I give a xxxx!

Le Fantóme de l' Opéra likes his italano type cooking 
also!  Besides it is RED and that's his favorite color 
of the victims under the Opéra House in Paris. First we 
are going to start out with the basics: the red Italian 
sauce which makes all the rest le piece de resistance! 

Fantóme Italian Marinara Sauce !!

1 lb. hot and spicy Italian sausage Olive oil 1 TB basil 1 TB oregano 4 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed up 1 onion, diced 2 large cans tomatoe puree 1 large can crushed tomatoes or tomatoes 1 large can tomatoe paste 1 oz. red wine 1 tsp. crushed red pepper 1 beef bouillon cube 1 TB or more of the secret (SUGAR)

Fry up the sausage in the oil. Take the wrapper off the sausage first though. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the red wine, tomatoe paste and sugar after the meat is browned and cook slowly as long as you like. I recommend at least 3 hours! Then add in the last hour the red wine and the tomatoe paste to the pot. The LAST ten minutes add the sugar to the recipe. It smooths it all out! You can double or triple this for the crockpot. Enjoy!

Stuffed    Manicotti

Now that your have the sauce; the pasta for a main dish 

1 lb Italian sausage        1 lb manicotti
1 pkg spinach, chopped and thawed and squezzed dry
1/2 c Italian bread crumbs    1 qt red sauce (above)
4 oz or more shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg    1 garlic clove, chopped

Parboil manicotti till barely limp usually about 5-7 
minutes.  Fry up sausage in olive oil and without the 
nasty ole casing on it.  Put it and the bread crumbs, 
the egg, spinach, 1 oz cheese, garlic clove and a bit 
of the red sauce in your food processor and zap it till 
smooth.  Fill the manicotti with it.  May need to use a 
cookie press if you have one, otherwise a spoon will do 
OK. Layer a small about of red sauce in the cassarole 
dish and place in the stuffed manicotti on top.  Then 
add the rest of the marinara sauce. Cook for 30-40 
minutes in a medium oven (350) covered with foil.  Last 
few minutes take the foil off and top with rest of 
cheese and melt.  Enjoy makes about 10 manicotti.

Fantóme's    Lasagne

How 'bout some wonderful lasagna to take to that 
pot=luck at the social event?  Try this out. Methinks 
you will like it.  

1 qt thick red sauce (see above)     1 egg
1 carton Ricotta cheese     1 pkg. chopped spinach
1 lb. mozarella, shredded     lasagne noodles.
parmesan cheese

Cook lasagne noodles till only partly cooked. Layer a 
9x13 inch pan and place first a layer of sauce (so it 
won't stick) at the bottom; then the noodles and then a 
mixture of the cheese and spinach and 1/2 mozarella and 
the egg that has been processed with the ole food 
processor.  Then a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Repeat 
 layers until noodles are used up. Then put heavy 
parmesan on top and then the rest of the meat sauce and 
cook for 30 minutes covered at 350. Turn to 400 and add 
whatever mozarella cheese is left and let it brown. 
 Eat it.....Try it you will like it. I will put in a 
link to Alka-Seltzer later.....
Itching forTex-Mex or someSouthern Holiday Cooking?????
HOW BOUT SOME Homestyle Recipes wjjohnson45@MSN.COM