Flavors of Southern Greece .::. Episode 30

Tour the cuisine of southern Greece with Jim and Marilyn Bero who share great recipes for Pork Soulvaki, Kleftiko and Rizigolo along with fantastic stories from their travels to Olympia and Delhi.

Recipes mentioned in this episode:

Chicken with Lemon and Orzo

Heat on medium low : 4 cups of chicken stock add 1/3 cup orzo pasta, simmer for 15 minutes
Add: 1/2 pound of chicken breast sliced thinly, simmer 3 minutes
In a bowl whisk 2 eggs, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest
Add whisking; 1ladle of hot stock, lower heat of stock to very low and slowly whisk in egg mixture
Cook until soup thickens
Season with salt and pepper
Garnish with parsley or mint and serve

Pork Tenderloin with Yogurt Feta Sauce

1 pork tenderloin, trimmed of membrane (i.e. silver skin) and sliced length wise in half and marinated for 2 hours
In 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dry oregano, 1 teaspoon dried mint and salt and pepper to taste.
Pre heat a saute pan on high heat
Add: marinated pork
Cook 2 minutes per side
Cut pita in half and place 1 piece of pork inside ( if to long cut in half).
Top with 2 tablespoons yogurt feta sauce
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/4 cup feta ( preferable bulgarian), 2 tablespoons olive oil,1 teaspoon oregano salt and pepper to taste.
Top with lettuce, salsa, 1/4 cup diced plum tomato, 1/4 cup seeded and diced cucumber, 2 tablespoons diced red onion
salt and pepper to taste, thinly sliced iceberg lettuce

Roast Chicken Quarters in Foil

1 3 pound chicken cut into quarters (2 breasts and wings 2 thighs and legs)
Rub with a lemon cut into quarters
Mix 2 tablespoons dry oregano,1 teaspoon salt and pepper, 1/s teaspoon garlic powder,1 tablespoon olive oil
Place each quarter of chicken on a 6 inch square piece of foil brushed with olive oil mixture
Top each piece with a slice of red onion
Drizzle with dry white wine
Wrap foil over the chicken,place on baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 1 to 11/2 hours.
You can also place slices of potato and tomato under chicken and bake.

Greek Rice Pudding

Heat: in a sauce pan, 41/2 cups of milk, simmer 5 minutes
Add 1/3 cup long grain white rice or arborio rice, 1 cinnamon stick, zest from 1/2 of lemon
Simmer 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
In another sauce pan, mix 2 tablespoons of cold milk, 2 tablespoons and simmer until thickens
Remove from heat, whisk in 2 egg yolks, add to rice slowly stirring
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, stir, simmer for 5 minutes
Let cool, remove ciinnamon stick
Pour into serving bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon
Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate over night