Let's go Greek
Food that is!
And, just in time for your Memorial Weekend cookout!
Why not put a little international flavors into your menu for next week. Designing your menu around a certain region's food and flavors will put zip and tastiness in your tummy!
I've been making quite a few Grecian inspired dishes lately. I just finished a series of cooking classes that had a whole day dedicated to Greek or "Greek inspired" cuisine. The food is made with the freshest ingredients. A lot of the dishes are put together without cooking, which is perfect. From store to table with little preparation. Others are cooked with ingredients that you will recognize and put together simply to form iconic Greek flavors.
First up, is a wonderful steak dish accompanied by perfectly roasted potatoes. The steaks can be made on the grill (indoor or outdoor) if you plan to get your grill on this weekend! Or, they can be cooked simply in a skillet. Either works fine. Choose your favorite cut of meat and start from there. I chose filet mignons because they are lean and tender (and they are my fav...). I also cooked them in a nice cast iron skillet on the stove. A must have workhorse in my kitchen. However, a nice stainless steel or non stick skillet will do in a pinch.
The side of roasted potatoes top this meal off well. You'll love the flavors of lemon and pepper on the potatoes. They make the usual "roasted potato" into something special.
All in all this is a simple dish to make for the a crowd or the family. It's quick and easy to put together, and will only take about 30 minutes start to finish. Don't you just love that?
I'll be bringing some other Greek dishes throughout the week, so stayed tuned. Opa!
Grecian Style Steak with Lemon Pepper Potatoes
1 tsp lemon pepper
2 filet mignons
1 T olive oil
2 T lemon juice
2 T crumbled feta cheese
1 T chopped kalamata olives
2/3 lb of baby golden yellow potatoes, diced
1 T olive oil
2 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
Set steaks out 30 minutes prior to cooing. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle lemon pepper onto both sides of the steaks.
Place potatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat. Sprinkle with lemon pepper, tossing to evenly coat. Place potatoes on a baking sheet spread out evenly. Cook for 20 minutes stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with lemon zest. Serve along with steaks.
Meanwhile, add oil to a large skillet; over medium heat. Allow to heat up until the oil shimmers. Add steaks and cook 10 to 14 minutes or to desired degree of doneness, turning once. Remove from skillet and drizzle with lemon juice. Top each steak with cheese and olives.