Gyro Dip

Gyro Dip

Ingredients1/2 Pound Ground Lamb1/2 Onion diced 2 Teaspoons Oregano1 Teaspoon Cumin1 Teaspoon Sumac1 Teaspoon Coriander1 Cup Diced Cucumbers1 Cup Diced Tomato1/4 Cup Minced Parsley1 Clove Garlic (grated or pressed) 1 Lemon (juice) 1 Cup Yogurt (give or take) For: 8 PeoplePreparation: 10 minCooking: 30 minReady in: 40 min InstructionsSaute the onion in some butter to…

Yogurt Marinade

Yogurt Marinade

As I mentioned earlier, My sisters and I threw a big party for my parents last weekend and it was a great success. For the main meal at the party, I did kind of a vaguely middle eastern/greek feast for everyone, the centerpiece being these marinated chicken drumsticks and pork tenderloins. The marinade might seem like a bit of work and a little pricy, but the fact is, it can transform cheaper cuts of meat into a luxurious treat fit for a king.

Porchetta

Porchetta

Porchetta is normally eaten as a roast for a special occasion dinner, but when I was in Italy recently, we actually had it as a thin sliced sandwich meat. We got some porchetta, salami, and cheese for a train ride from Venice to Florence, and I was completely hooked on the porchetta. I happen to have a commercial meat slicer in my possession, so I thought it would be a fun theme for a party to make some different sliced meats for sandwiches. So here we are, lunchmeat week on TFimB! This porchetta tasted EXACTLY like the one I had in Italy which is pretty lucky because I just sort of winged the recipe. It was fairly easy to make and everyone loved it so I would consider it a big success!

Short Rib and Cauliflower Lasagna

Short Rib and Cauliflower Lasagna

I had to make short ribs this past weekend, so I planned a dish around having some extra leftover shreddy beef deliciousness.I’ve been eating a veg-forward diet recently (I just made that word up.) so I wanted to load up this lasagna with all my current faves, cauliflower, mushroom, and arugula. I also made a really quick sauce in the food processor with manchego, ricotta, and some milk.  Historically, I have been averse towards lasagna varieties, but this one came out fantastic!

Plantain Casserole

Plantain Casserole

Roger Mooking has a commercial on Cooking Channel where he whips together a tasty looking simple plantain gratin and it inspired me to make a more intricate deeper version of a plantain casserole. I wanted lots of layers of tasty things that I think go with plantains, like black beans, cojita cheese, onions, tomato, and habanero. I also mixed in a little quinoa just to add a little more substance and protein to the veggie dish. The whole thing turned out great, but make sure you use really ripe plantains. Most of mine were nice and yellow, but a few still had a little green to them and they were very noticeable and we mostly ate around them.

Homemade Combos

Homemade Combos

I have wanted to try my hand at homemade combos for years now but never really had a reason to, I finally got my chance this past weekend. They came out soooo good! I made the pepperoni pizza variety and they far exceeded any expectations I had in 3 categories. Way more delicious than expected, way easier than expected, and way more combo-y than I thought I would be able to achieve! If you are still looking for that perfect super bowl snack, you should really make these!

Romesco Udon With Tofuballs

Romesco Udon With Tofuballs

I saw this cool technique for making a veggie burger on Diners Drive-ins and Dives where instead of pressing the tofu before frying it, the chef pressed the tofu right on the grill. I knew I had to try this and the first attempt was making these veggie “meatballs”. When you press the tofu right on the grill you save a million paper towels, and you can just sort of leave it there and forget about it. It takes about an hour on a med-low temp and you only have to flip it once. The result is a really nice chewy tofu that adds a great texture to any vegetarian meat replacement. I served these tofu-balls with udon noodles and zucchini tossed in a simple romesco sauce.

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

When I am eating less meat, I make sure to get a good amount of protein in my diet via nuts, beans, and quinoa. Since I work in a burrito shop, you could imagine that I get kinda bored with eating beans. The idea for this casserole was that I had a bunch of veggies in my fridge, and I wanted to douse them with tomato and bake them, so I decided to puree beans in with the tomato to get the protein in there without really noticing the beans. I also was pretty curious about how the texture and flavor would be. In the end, I absolutely loved everything about this dish and will make it again for sure.