Tomato Cheese Appetizer

tomato cheese appetizer

tomato cheese appetizer

 

 

These tomato cheese appetizers are  delicious,quick and easy to make.My moms garden has been in abundance of ripe red tomatoes,so I’ve been using tomatoes in many different ways.This appetizer is very well known among Slavic people,I twisted a little by adding sliced hard boil egg.

 

Ingredients:

tomatoes sliced

mozzarella cheese shredded

mayonnaise

garlic cloves crushed

hard boiled eggs sliced

salt and black pepper if desired

dill for garnish

 

Directions:

Combine garlic and mayonnaise.

Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.(optional)

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Garnish with dill.

tomato cheese appetizers

Tomato Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients

  • tomatoes sliced
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic cloves crushed
  • hard boiled eggs sliced
  • salt and black pepper if desired
  • dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine garlic and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  6. Garnish with dill.
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Greek Salad

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greek salad

This is light and healthy Greek salad recipe.Greek Salad is a crisp, light, healthy  summer salad. Torn Romaine lettuce is topped with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onion, peppers and crumbled or diced feta cheese then tossed with light and tangy lemon olive dressing.This Greek salad is refreshing and perfect for summer.

Ingredients:

1-2 romaine hearts sliced or torn

1-2 tomatoes sliced into thin wedges

1/2  english cucumber sliced in semicircles

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

kalamata/black olives

pepperoncini  and/or green bell pepper sliced

Crumbled or diced feta cheese

Fresh parsley minced (optional)

 

Dressing:

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar*

1 teaspoon salt or to taste (I used pink himalayan)

1 teaspoon sugar

fresh ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dry parsley

1 large clove garlic or 2 small

1/3 cup olive oil (high quality recommended)

*You can sub in white or red wine vinegar

 

Directions for dressing:

In a bowl whisk lemon juice,balsamic vinegar,salt,sugar,parsley,black pepper,and garlic.Gradually whisk in olive oil.Continue to whisk until the dressing is well combined and thickened a little.Set a side for at least 15 minutes-30 minutes.Or refrigerate for later use.

Place all salad ingredients in a salad bowl or a plate.Toss with prepared dressing.

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Greek Salad

Ingredients

  • 1-2 romaine hearts sliced or torn
  • 1-2 tomatoes sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/2 english cucumber sliced in semicircles
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • kalamata/black olives
  • pepperoncini and/or green bell pepper sliced
  • Crumbled or diced feta cheese
  • Fresh parsley minced (optional)
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar*
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste (I used pink himalayan)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic or 2 small
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (high quality recommended)
  • *You can sub in white or red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk lemon juice,balsamic vinegar,salt,sugar,parsley,black pepper,and garlic.Gradually whisk in olive oil.Continue to whisk until the dressing is well combined and thickened a little.Set a side for at least 15 minutes-30 minutes.Or refrigerate for later use.
  2. Place all salad ingredients in a salad bowl or a plate.Toss with prepared dressing.
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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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pasta

My moms garden is in abundance of tomatoes every summer.And every time  when I have a lot of something,I think of a way how to use it in a perfect way.Making pasta with fresh tomato sauce is great way to use those extra tomatoes.This pasta sauce is so easy and quick to make ,that you will have a healthy and amazingly delicious lunch or dinner in no time.

Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes or 2 lbs  Roma tomatoes

8-10 cloves garlic minced

1 shallot or half onion finely chopped

1/2 cup chardonnay or any other white wine

8  basil leaves minced

1 tablespoon finely parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

salt and fresh ground pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil

cooked pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti)

 

Directions: Cut a small X on the bottom of each tomato.Place tomatoes in a pot or a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover with lid and blanch for 5 minutes.

Carefully peel of the skin and roughly chop the tomatoes.

Heat a saute pan and add oil. Throw in onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.Pour in chardonnay  and let it evaporate for about a minute.Add tomatoes,basil and parsley.Cook sauce until thickened,about 10-12 minutes.Season with salt and pepper.

Combine cooked pasta with sauce and sprinkle some parmesan cheese. You can add  yourchoice of sautéed  or grilled vegetables to pasta.

 

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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes or 2 lbs Roma tomatoes
  • 8-10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 shallot or half onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chardonnay or any other white wine
  • 8 basil leaves minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • cooked pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti)

Instructions

  1. Cut a small X on the bottom of each tomato.Place tomatoes in a pot or a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover with lid and blanch for 5 minutes.
  2. Carefully peel of the skin and roughly chop the tomatoes.
  3. Heat a saute pan and add oil. Throw in onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.Pour in chardonnay and let it evaporate for about a minute.Add tomatoes,basil and parsley.Cook sauce until thickened,about 10-12 minutes.Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine cooked pasta with sauce and sprinkle some parmesan cheese. You can add yourchoice of sautéed or grilled vegetables to pasta.
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Grilled Cheeseburger

Grilled Cheeseburger

Grilled Cheeseburger

 

4th of July is only few days away.And if you still didn’t make up your mind on what to make…How about a juicy restaurant style cheeseburger? In our family it became a Fourth of July tradition,because …what can be more American then a cheeseburger?!

Burgers are so versatile.There is many ways to make a burger with many different flavors depending on spreads,toppings,sauce,and cheese you will use. Portobello mushroom and blue cheese is my favorite. Adding portobellos to meat creates a juicier burger and blue cheese gives it extra flavor.If you don’t like blue cheese, you can add any other cheese or none at all.

If you want a perfect,juicy,and delicious burger…please follow these tips:

1.Dip meat into cold water for 30 seconds before grilling.(great tip from foodandwine.com)

2.Flip burgers just once on the grill.

3.Don’t over cook the meat (it will be dry)

4.Brush burgers with melted butter or oil.

5.Never flatten burgers with spatula.

6.Use fresh good quality meat.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground chuck or cross rib roast (or chuck mixed with sirloin)*

1 portobello mushroom or 5-6 white button mushrooms

blue cheese crumbled

salt and pepper

1/2 stick butter melted

*ask your butcher to grind it for you if don’t have grinder

Your choice of 6 buns (regular,whole wheat,thin, or none at all. Just wrap everything in lettuce for protein style)

 

Spreads:

equal amount of-

ketchup

sweet dill relish

mayonnaise

combine all ingredients

 

Lemon garlic spread-

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

3 garlic cloves crushed

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or white or red wine vinegar.

combine all ingredients.

 

Any choice toppings:

Tomatoes

red or white onions sliced

butter or iceberg lettuce

avocado

bacon

sauteed mushrooms

Dill pickles

jalapeños

American,cheddar,swiss cheese

 

Direction:

If you have a meat grinder,grind the meat with portobello mushroom.You can also cut them into small diced pieces or use a blender to grind mushrooms.

Mix meat,mushrooms,salt and pepper together.

Form big 1 inch thick patties (apprx. 6-8 patties)

If the meat is cold,let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.*

Brush the grill with oil or spray with nonstick.

Dip patty in cold water for 30 seconds.Brush on melted butter or oil.

Grill for  6-7 minutes per side medium-well.On last 2 minutes of grilling add a slice of cheese.Set meat a side and let rest for 3-5 minutes.

Toast buns on the grill or pan.If you like you can brush butter or oil on the sliced side of the bun.

Add spread on one side of the bun,following with desired toppings and grilled patty.

* Burger patties can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge until grilling.Let them sit at room temp. for 20-30 minutes before grilling.

**These Burgers can be pan grilled/fried with little oil if you choose not to grill.

 

Grilled Cheeseburger

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground chuck or cross rib roast (or chuck mixed with sirloin)*
  • 1 portobello mushroom or 5-6 white button mushrooms
  • blue cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
  • *ask your butcher to grind it for you if don't have grinder
  • Your choice of 6 buns (regular,whole wheat,thin, or none at all. Just wrap everything in lettuce for protein style)
  • Spreads:
  • equal amount of-
  • ketchup
  • sweet dill relish
  • mayonnaise
  • combine all ingredients
  • Lemon garlic spread-
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or white or red wine vinegar.
  • combine all ingredients.
  • Any choice toppings:
  • Tomatoes
  • red or white onions sliced
  • butter or iceberg lettuce
  • avocado
  • bacon
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • American,cheddar,swiss cheese

Instructions

  1. If you have a meat grinder,grind the meat with portobello mushroom.You can also cut them into small diced pieces or use a blender to grind mushrooms.
  2. Mix meat,mushrooms,salt and pepper together.
  3. Form big 1 inch thick patties (apprx. 6-8 patties)
  4. If the meat is cold,let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.*
  5. Brush the grill with oil or spray with nonstick.
  6. Dip patty in cold water for 30 seconds.Brush on melted butter or oil.
  7. Grill for 6-7 minutes per side medium-well.On last 2 minutes of grilling add a slice of cheese.Set meat a side and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Toast buns on the grill or pan.If you like you can brush butter or oil on the sliced side of the bun.
  9. Add spread on one side of the bun,following with desired toppings and grilled patty.
  10. * Burger patties can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge until grilling.Let them sit at room temp. for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  11. **These Burgers can be pan grilled/fried with little oil if you choose not to grill.
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Guacamole Dip

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Simple, fresh, healthy, delicious and perfect for parties or potlucks.

Guacamole Dip

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 red onion diced* optional
  • 1 tomato diced (seeds and pulp removed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)

Instructions

  1. Peel and mash avocados.
  2. Throw in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or add to quesadillas,burritos,or sandwiches.
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Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Summer days are perfect to get outdoors and cook something on the grill. These grilled chicken kebabs are very juicy and tasty and great for parties, camping or just for your next family lunch or dinner.


Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. boneless,skinless chicken thighs cubed
  • 1 1/2 onions or 2 small shredded
  • 2 cups plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. salt ( adjust how desired)
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine and mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Take meat out of the fridge 1 hour before grilling. Place the meat on the skewers and grill it.
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