Cephalonian Meat Pie

Ingredients

8 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup water
1 cup grated Greek Kefalotiri or Parmesan cheese
1 potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup long grain rice
1 teaspoon minced parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or spearmint
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten

Directions

Prepare the dough placing flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in 1/3 cup olive oil, white wine, water, and salt. Mix together with your hands for a few minutes to form a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while proceeding with recipe.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook for a few minutes until the onion softens and turns translucent. Stir in the lamb and pork; increase heat to medium-high and continue cooking until the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste until the meat is covered. Stir in white wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Pour in water and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes.

When the meat is done, remove from the heat and allow to cool while preparing crust.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly brush a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with olive oil.

Divide the dough into two pieces, with one piece larger than the other. Roll out the large piece on a floured surface until it is large enough to fit the bottom of the baking dish and come up the sides of the pan; press into the baking dish. Roll out the smaller piece of dough into a rectangle to use as the top crust; set aside.

Stir Kefalotiri cheese, potato, and rice into meat mixture. Season with parsley, mint, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Add egg and mix until well combined. Pour this mixture into the baking dish and top with remaining piece of dough. Brush the top with a little water and olive oil.

Bake pie in preheated oven for 1 hour until deep golden brown.

Chocolate Baklava

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package frozen phyllo dough, thawed
1 1/4 cups butter (no substitutes), melted
1 pound finely chopped walnuts
1 (12 ounce) package miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

SYRUP:
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Butter a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Layer eight sheets of phyllo dough in pan, brushing each with butter. In a bowl, combine nuts, chocolate chips, sugar, cinnamon and lemon peel. Sprinkle 2 cups over top layer of phyllo.

Layer and brush four sheets of dough with butter. Top with 2 more cups nut mixture. Layer and brush four more sheets of dough with butter; top with remaining nut mixture. Top with the remaining dough, brushing each sheet with butter. Drizzle any remaining butter over top.

Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 1-1/2-in. diamonds. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, combine the syrup ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Cajun Style Pasta

Ingredients

1 tsp. real butter OR olive oil
2 cloves garlic – minced
12 med. raw shrimp – peeled, deveined
1/2 lb. boned, skinned chicken breasts – diced
2 1/2 Tbls. all-purpose flour
2 cups milk – low-fat okay
2 Tbls. dry sherry
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese – low-fat okay
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 plum tomatoes – seeded, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper – to taste
2 cups cooked linguine

Directions

Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the shrimp and chicken. Pan-fry until the chicken is cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
Whisk the flour, milk, sherry, and Parmesan cheese together. Pour into the skillet and bring to a boil while stirring.
Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture has thickened, stirring occasionally.
Add the cayenne and fold in the tomatoes and peas.
Cook until heated through.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange the linguine on individual plates and spoon the sauce over the top.

Vegetarian Stuffed Plum Tomatoes

Ingredients

4 lrg. plum tomatoes – halved lengthwise
1 clove garlic – minced
2 scallions – minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
3/4 cup non-fat ricotta cheese
3 Tbls. pine nuts

Directions

Scoop out the center of the tomato halves. In a medium bowl, mix together garlic, scallions, basil, spinach, ricotta, salt, and pepper. Stuff the mixture into the tomatoes. Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil. Place the stuffed tomatoes on the sheet and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Bake on lower rack of a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, watching to see that the pine nuts do not become too brown.

Serve immediately.