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Greek mini pizza > Recipes March 18, 2008

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These Greek mini pizzas are great for kids’ parties.

Ingredients >
• 8 mini Greek pita pockets
• Extra Virgin Greek Olive oil for brushing pitas
• 1/2-3/4 cup crumbled Greek feta cheese
• 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
• 1/2 cup sliced, pitted Greek Kalamata olives
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
• 1/4-1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
• Lemon juice to taste
• Extra Virgin Greek Olive oil to taste
• Red pepper flakes to taste

Procedure >
Turn the oven on to the broiler setting and use a small mixing bowl to assemble the topping. Add the chopped roasted red peppers, sliced Kalamata olives, thinly slice red onions, a handful of chopped fresh mint, a drizzle of olive oil, a good squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of red pepper flakes and mix it up.

Next, brush a little olive oil over the top of the pita rounds, on a baking tray, crumble some Greek feta cheese on top of the pitas and pop them under the broiler to bake. The feta cheese isn’t necessarily going to melt but you want to make sure it’s hot all the way through and to give the pitas a chance to crisp up a little bit.

To finish, top each pita with a spoonful of the red pepper mix and pop it back under the broiler just long enough to warm through. Bon Apetite!

Greek Dinner on March 2 February 14, 2008

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St. George Greek Orthodox church to host a Greek Dinner on March 2

If your craving baklava and can’t wait until the Greek Festival in September, not to worry. St. George Greek Orthodox Church is hosting a Greek Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the church, 701 11th Avenue, Huntington.

The menu includes lamb or chicken, Greek-style potatoes and green beans, spanakopita (spinach triangles), tiropita (cheese triangles), salad, bread and baklava, as well as coffee or tea.

Advance tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children younger than 10. Tickets will be $16 at the door.

Call (304) 525-5634 or (304) 522-7890 for tickets. For more information, visit www.stgeorgehwv.org

Feta cheese essential in Greek cuisine February 14, 2008

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In Greek cuisine, Feta is a curd cheese in brine. It is traditionally made from goat’s and/or sheep’s milk although cow’s milk may be substituted.

It is an aged cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slightly grainy texture. It is used as a table cheese, as well as in salads, pastries and in baking, but mostly is edible on its own. It is used in the popular Greek phyllo-based dishes spanakopita “spinach pie” and tyropita “cheese pie”.

14-02-08_feta_cheese.jpg  Feta is a popular cheese worldwide. Feta is salted and cured in a brine solution which can be either water or whey for several months. Feta dries out rapidly when removed from the brine. Feta cheese is white, usually formed into square cakes, and can range from soft to semi-hard, with a tangy, salty flavour that can range from mild to sharp. The cured cheese easily crumbles apart. Its fat content can range from 30 to 60 percent; most is around 45 percent milk fat. 

Feta is also an important ingredient of Greek salad. Feta, like most cheeses, can also be served cooked; it is sometimes grilled as part of a sandwich or as a salty alternative to other cheeses in a variety of dishes.

Best Greek 2007 > Oakland Gyros October 22, 2007

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Oakland Gyros is a favorite among OnMilwaukee.com readers.

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee’s Best: Eat & Drink, 2007. The results of this readers’ poll, including an editors’ pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

Oakland Gyros is a double winner. The venerable East Side restaurant, which recently won the category “Best Late Night Drunk Eats,” also nabbed the title of “Best Greek” in the annual OnMilwaukee.com readers’ poll. Satisfied customers cited Oakland Gyros for being fast, tasty and inexpensive. The fact that it is open late, in a prime location, doesn’t hurt, either.

OnMilwaukee.com editors’ choice: Apollo Cafe

Runners-up:
2. Apollo Café
3. Mykonos
4. Ouzo
5. Grecian Delight
6. Omega
7. Grecian Inn
8. The Gyros Stand
9. Marquette Gyros
10. Acropolis

Oakland Gyros, 2867 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211, 414-963-1393

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