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