Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

You ever go to a Mediterranean restaurant and you’re left in awe at all the sauces, dips, and spreads?

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I mean, I worked at one spot in high school, back when I wasn’t very savvy with too many cultural cuisines, and I’ll never forget how shocked I was at everything. From the hummus, to the tabbouleh, to the baba ghanoush, I could not believe I had been deprived of all these great things all that time.

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So, let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki. Check out the full video recipe below or click here!

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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I ALWAYS confuse it with tahini, also a Middle Eastern sauce but it’s made with toasted sesame seeds. Very different in flavor, but they both start with the letter T and are white in color so I always get mixed up. Find a great tahini sauce recipe here.

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What do I need to make Greek Tzatziki Sauce?

  • Greek Yogurt. You can definitely use regular yogurt here, but Greek yogurt already has tangy taste and is thicker and that’s the consistency we’re looking for. Make sure whatever yogurt you use is plain!
  • Cucumber. We’re going to shredded it so it doesn’t have to be a pretty one.
  • Garlic. Minced because we don’t want huge chunks of garlic in the tzatziki.
  • Olive Oil. Because it’s necessary.
  • Distilled White Vinegar. Brings some tanginess to the party.
  • Salt & Pepper. Don’t forget to season!!!
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Why make Tzatziki Sauce at home?

Can’t you just go buy it at the store for a few bucks. Well, yes. You can get just about anything premade at the store. The reason why I urge you to make this delicious sauce at home is because, like most things, it is incredibly better when it is homemade and it is so easy to make! Now, I’m not here to compete with an authentic Greek restaurant. But I can attest that this homemade tzatziki will be better than the one you grab from the supermarket!

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Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Crisp, creamy, and tangy. Let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 2 Bowls
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 grater
  • 2 paper towels

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cucumber shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar distilled
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mince garlic and set aside. Grate cucumber and set aside.
  • Place shredded cucumber into paper towels and squeeze as much liquid out as possible.
  • Combined Greek yogurt, dried cucumber, minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cucumber. Traditionally, tzatziki sauce is thick and creamy, not runny or watery.
  • Feel free to add herbs like dill or parsley to you tzatziki.
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Chicken Fricasse Classic Recipe

This chicken fricasse is a French recipe that is so moist and so flavorful and is a minimal recipe, so it requires very few ingredients. I love making it to enjoy a simple elegant meal where the flavors of the individual foods I’m eating are able to shine.

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Chicken Fricasse Recipe
Chicken Fricasse
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What do I need to make Chicken Fricasse?

  • Chicken breast. The star of the show.
  • Onion. Adds flavor to the roux.
  • Butter. Partner to flour in the roux.
  • Flour. Partner to butter in the roux.
  • Chicken stock. Creates the sauce.
  • Bay leaf. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Celery. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Thyme. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Parsley. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Egg yolk. Part of liaison.
  • Heavy cream. Part of liaison.
  • Lemon juice. Enhances flavors of everything involved.
  • Salt. Enhances flavors of everything involved.
  • Pepper. Enhances flavors of everything involved.
Chicken Fricasse Recipe
Chicken Fricasse
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I love eating it with mashed potatoes, especially ones with some extra flavor like garlic, rosemary, or paremsan. I’d also pair this dish with my Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts and Apple recipe. These Creamy Cucumbers would also be great! Click here to view my sides recipes.

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Chicken Fricasse Recipe

This chicken fricasse is a French recipe that is so moist and so flavorful and is a minimal recipe, so it requires very few ingredients.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French

Equipment

  • Large sauce pan
  • Tongs
  • Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/2 onion small dice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour all-purpose
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 piece of celery
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • To taste salt
  • To taste pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken breast into thin fillets and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Melt butter in large sauce pan over low to medium heat. Add chicken and onions and saute lightly so chicken is seared on both sides, but not brown.
  • Add flour to pan and carefully stir until the it has all dissolved. Gradually stir in enough chicken stock to cover the chicken and bring to a simmer, while stirring. Add celery, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf.
  • Cover the pan and reduce to low heat for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Combine egg yolk, heavy cream, lemon, salt, and pepper.
  • Remove chicken from pan. Cook the sauce until thick and add egg yolk, heavy cream, lemon, salt, and pepper mixture. Simmer until thick and pour sauce over chicken.

Notes

  • Be sure not to brown the chicken during the searing process. You just want to get the outside of the chicken cooked, but it shouldn’t have much color to it yet.
  • Cook on medium to low heat and stir frequently.

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Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

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Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnocchi.

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Gnocchi is a pasta that many of you probably already are acquainted with, but for some of you this may be very big news.

All I’m going to say is, if you have never had gnocchi before or if you have never had homemade gnocchi before, you definitely need to try this recipe.

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Homemade Gnocchi

Gnocchi is probably the easiest pasta to make because it’s just a handful of ingredients and you don’t need any special tool, besides maybe a fork!

What do I need to make gnocchi?

  • Russet potatoes. I’ve never tried this with Yukon potatoes or sweet potatoes but I think it would work just the same! And I just got a great idea for a future recipe😃
  • Egg. As in most recipes, the egg in this one is working as a binder, as well as giving a little yellow tint to our gnocchi.
  • Salt. You already know. Don’t forget this because pasta without salt will ruin a dish.
  • Flour. All purpose is my choice, but you can do this with wheat too.
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What sauce can I eat gnocchi with?

You can eat gnocchi any type of sauce. My absolute favorite has always been a tomato basil sauce but I have yet to perfect that recipe so you won’t find it on the blog! My dad makes it beautifully though.

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Pesto gnocchi

I also love eating gnocchi with pesto sauce. Find my pesto recipe here. I’ve also had some amazing gnocchi alla vodka and alla sorrentina.

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Can you make vegan gnocchi?

Of course you can. All you have to do is substitute the egg and you’re good to go. Find my recipe for eggless gnocchi here.

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Potato Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnoccho.
Prep Time 55 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Fork
  • Large pot
  • Large spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash potatoes and poke in holes with a fork serveral times. Place potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, remove the skins from the potatoes. Combine peeled potatoes, salt, and egg and mix by hand.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and place potato mixture. Gently kneed the flour into the mixture until the flour is fully incorporated. Don’t kneed for longer than 1 minute; the dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough in 4 parts. Working with 1 part at a time, roll dough into one long log about 1 inch in width.
  • Cut dough log into several 1 inch pieces. Roll each piece over the tip of a fork to get texture design. Repeat steps for the remaining dough parts and sprinkle all gnocchi with flour.
  • Heat a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water at a boil and place gnocchi in the pot. Cook until gnocchi rise to the surface of the water and remove. Enjoy!

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Greek Feta Burger Recipe

A delicious way to twist up your traditional burger recipe!

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I’m not one to mess with a good ole staple in American cuisine: the burger. But, sometimes I get tired of eating the same flavors over and over again.

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So, the last time I wanted to make burgers with a twist, I looked in the fridge and saw feta cheese, spinach, tomato, and red onion. That’s when I knew what had to be done next.

Greek Feta Burger

A Greek feta burger.

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I was originally going to make a feta spread on the bun, but that didn’t work out. I tried following some of the tutorials I found on google for melting feta cheese like dissolving it water, etc… all fails.

Therefore, I went ahead and crumbled some feta over my patty. It was delicious regardless, but y’all wait on that feta spread recipe because I am not giving up on that one!

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When it comes to Greek seasoning, this is the one I use:

Greek Seasoning That I Use

You can always make your own, which would be a combination of oregano, onion, garlic, basil, dill, salt, and black pepper.

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Greek Feta Burger Recipe

A delicious way to twist up your traditional burger recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • 1 pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 burger buns
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp greek seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano or dried
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes sliced

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ground beef, egg, Greek seasoning, fresh oregano, fennel seeds, and salt and pepper. Shape into patties and set aside.
  • Cook burgers on a pan over medium high heat until fully cooked through. Set aside.
  • Assemble burgers with bun, patty, feta cheese, spinach, red onion, and tomato. Enjoy!

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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

Gluten FreeVegetarian

Ok I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that before I created this recipe I was really out here eating my cucumbers plain Jane with salt and pepper and the occasional balsamic vinegar.

I’ve tried the smashed cucumber salad too, and it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t fit into my day to day diet.

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But then one day I thought, cucumbers would be delicious in a creamy dressing. And that’s how this cucumber salad came to life. I’ll never eat cucumbers the same again.

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.

It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…

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What do I need to make this recipe?

Cucumbers. Regular cucumbers are my go to but you can use English, Persian, or any type of cucumber you desire.

Sour cream. It’s light, mild, and creamy. What better way to coat your cucumbers?

White vinegar. If you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

Dill. Fresh is best but dried works fine.

Sugar. This contrasts the sourness from the sour cream and vinegar, as well as the saltiness from the salt.

Salt. Never forget it.

Garlic. Fresh minced garlic is ideal but feel free to substitute with powdered garlic if that’s all you have on hand.

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Can I use something other than sour cream?

Sure. Try Greek yogurt or mayonnaise. They both are going to give you a slightly different taste, but the texture is there all the way.

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What cucumbers are best for salads?

The varieties of cucumbers are almost as endless as the types of cucumber salads. Let me give you a guideline for each cucumber and you just be sure to try them all out when you get the chance!

  • Wax-Coated Cucumbers. This is the cucumber that’s most common and found grocery stores. They have a wax covering to help preserve the cucumber and will need to be peeled prior to eating.
  • Garden Cucumbers. Crisp, crunchy, and best fresh from the garden. They lack the wax coating of those purchased at grocery stores so they can be served peeled or unpeeled.
  • English Cucumbers. Also known as European cucumbers. This variety is mild in flavor, almost seedless, and usually 1-2 feet in length. They are typically sold wrapped in plastic to protect their thin skin and there is no need to peel them. These are greenhouse grown and typically on the pricey side.
  • Cocktail Cucumbers. Deliciously crunchy and much smaller than other varieties of cucumbers. They are also more expensive per pound, but there’s no need to peel them.
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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.
It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Peeler

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced dill or dried dill
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and peel the cucumbers.
  • Slice the cucumber thin. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
  • Add dressing to cucumbers and mix. Enjoy.
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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Gluten FreeDairy FreeVeganVegetarian

Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.

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What makes it so great?

Well, it’s probably the only renowned pasta sauce that is not cooked. And since it doesn’t touch the stove once, it’s incredibly easy to make.

That being said, since it’s made up of just a handful of ingredients, it’s also easy to mess up the ratios and end up with a not so great pesto.

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What is pesto made of?

Basil. Pesto gets it’s color and aroma from the fresh basil leaves. Basil has the most beautiful smell, it’s almost like therapy. We should change the saying to “stop and smell the Basil” because it really is that fragrant.

Garlic. Make it fresh and you’re set for success.

Pine nuts. These can be pricey, but don’t skip this ingredient. If necessary, substitute with walnuts, cashews, or whatever nut you have on hand.

Olive oil. Make sure you use a good quality one. Since this sauce is not cooked, you really taste every ingredient tenfold.

Salt. This is a no brainer. Season your food y’all! Especially if you’re planning on using it as a pasta sauce. It’s kinda impossible to add salt to pasta sauce once it’s already mixed with the pasta. If you know you know.

Basil Pesto
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How can I spice up pesto?

Just like anything else, too much of anything is bad. So, if you’re looking to change up the flavor profiles in your pesto just get creative! Try an arugula walnut pesto or a spinach cashew pesto! Or try adding cream to this recipe for a creamy, irresistible pesto. The possibilities are endless.

Do I need to use a mortar and pestle?

The short answer is no. For a true, authentic pesto, you will want to get your hands on a mortar and pestle. Using this method for mashing the ingredients together creates a different harmony than throwing everything in a food processor or blended.

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Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get delicious pesto either way. But the flavors are so much stronger when you do it by hand because the fibers in the basil aren’t completely broken apart as they are when processed or blended.

So, you don’t need to use one, but you will get a way stronger pesto if you do. But watch out, if you have never had a pesto mashed by hand the flavors may be too strong for you to handle. No joke. I would say give it a try both ways then move forward with which ever worked better for you.

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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 mortar and pestle, or food processor/blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in mortar and pestle, food processor, or blender, and combine mash, process, or blend until smooth and fully combined.

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

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Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread.

What is pita bread?

Pita bread is a notorious flatbread common in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and surrounding areas. It’s often enjoyed with hummus and chicken shawarma.

What’s the difference between pita bread, tortillas, and naan?

Well, for starters the ingredients. Naan is made with all the ingredients in this pita bread recipe, plus eggs, yogurt, and butter. Meanwhile, tortillas are made with flour, baking powder, and water. The flavors are different in each one of these breads and that’s why they are all individually unique.

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One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself.

Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.

Pita Bread Recipe
Homemade Pita Bread
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What do I need to make pita bread?

Flour. I use all purpose in this recipe but feel free to use whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, or whatever type of flour you have on hand. Go ahead and get creative if you’d like, but to achieve the traditional pita we all know and love, you’re going to want to stick to all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Oil. I used olive oil, but avocado oil works too. Don’t substitute for any other type of oil, and make sure it’s high quality. This really matters in this recipe.

Salt. Pretty standard component in this recipe and absolutely necessary. Feel free to add more or less depending on how you prefer. What’s listed in the recipe is a standard amount for the quantity yield.

Yeast. Duh. How else are we going to form fluffy pita bread? We need our dough to rise, so yeast is an essential ingredient here. Seriously, you’re going to have to run to the store for a pack of yeast to make this recipe.

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Now let’s make something clear. There’s pita bread, which has a pocket in the middle, and then there’s pocket-less pita, Arabic bread, Syrian bread, Greek pita, and more. What I’m trying to emphasize is that there’s so many variations of this amazing flatbread, so try the different variations and find which one you like most.

Why make pita bread at home?

Well, I already explained how great fresh pita is. If that wasn’t enough convincing then let me just tell you about how much I love this recipe. It’s a simple dough to prepare and yes that I love.

But I enjoy the actual cooking process because if the dough is prepared correctly, then you’ll have inflated pitas on your stove top or in oven, depending on how you decide to cook you pitas. It’s a cool process to watch and definitely gives you that little extra satisfaction knowing that you can make a perfect, pocketed pita bread!

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How do I store extra pita bread?

If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.

How many pitas does this recipe make?

This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread. One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 skillet, or heavy duty pan
  • 1 baking stone, or baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp dry active yeast or 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and set aside for 10 minutes
  • Add salt, 1 tbsp oil, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and add the remaining flour, if necessary, in small doses until the dough is not sticky nor dry.
  • Kneed dough for 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.
  • Place in bowl with remaining oil and cover. Let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll out into a log. Cut log into 8 pieces and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Roll each piece into a circle and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into round flatbread's about 1/2 thick.
  • Bake on stone or pan at 475 for 3 minutes, flipping once. Or, cook on skillet or pan on medium heat for 3 minutes, flipping once.

Notes

  • If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.
  • This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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Traditional Italian Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is a dessert that no one can resist, even the people who don’t necessarily have a sweet tooth. And that’s what makes this recipe perfect; the flavors work heavenly together. The crisp ladyfinger biscuits, bitter coffee, toasted rum, and sweet mascarpone create a beautiful symphony of flavors that I personally can’t get enough of.

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What is Tiramisu?

The name itself, tiramisu, translates to “pick me up” in Italian. This refers to the two caffeinated ingredients that are present in the dessert: espresso and cocoa. 

Tiramisu is a coffee flavored Italian dessert. It is made by dipping ladyfingers in coffee and rum, layering a whipped mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar, and topped with a thin layer of cocoa powder.

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It’s said that it originated in Veneto, the northeastern region of Italy, in early 1970s at the restaurant Le Beccherie in Treviso.

So, unlike sfogliatelle which were invented in the 17th century or cannoli which were invented somewhere between 827-1091 AD , tiramisu isn’t one most sacred of Italian desserts. It wasn’t introduced into American restaurants until the 1980s.

That being said, it has never gone away. It would be nearly impossible to find an Italian restaurant that doesn’t (rightfully) have tiramisu on the menu for dessert.

Now, although tiramisu is a classic recipe, it doesn’t mean it’s extremely hard to make. Actually, it only takes a couple of ingredients.

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Mascarpone, egg yolk, & sugar

The creamy filling that goes in between the layers of soaked ladyfingers is a mixture of mascarpone, egg yolk, and sugar. Just like the ladyfingers or coffee, mascarpone cheese is one of the ingredients you cannot leave out of this recipe. It has a similar texture to cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta, and whipped cream, yet it is so incredible different from them all.

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Mascarpone is an Italian soft cheese made from cream. It’s American counterpart is, not surprisingly, cream cheese. But trust and believe that these are very different things. While similar in look and application, American cream cheese is firmer and has a stronger taste than its Italian counterpart. Mascarpone has a looser, velvety texture, and mildly sweet flavor.

In short, mascarpone cheese is way less tangy than the stuff you put on your bagel. If you can’t get your hands on any, try any of the ingredients with similar textures listed above.

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The ladyfingers

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers and they are notorious for being an essential ingredient in tiramisu. Ladyfingers can be eaten as is, but they really shine in recipes where they are soaked in a syrup or other liquid. So, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the kind of cookie that goes great in tiramisus. Find my full recipe for ladyfingers here.

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Coffee

Since this is a coffee flavored dessert, you want to make sure you are using good quality coffee. I used espresso coffee from an actual espresso machine, but a stove top espresso maker works well too. And if you can’t get your hands on either, just make sure you’re using a good quality coffee brand.

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Rum

The best rum for tiramisu is dark rum. Light rum has the same sweet but subtle flavor as dark rum. It even has just as much alcohol by volume as dark rum. So, what’s the difference and why should you use dark? Well, dark rum isn’t filtered and bottled right after being distilled. Instead they are aged in charred oak or wooden barrels for a period of time, and this is where they end up developing a darker color and a bolder flavor.

In short, to make the most flavorful tiramisu you’re going to want to use dark rum.

And those are all the ingredients you will need to make a traditional Italian tiramisu. Check out my video recipe below.

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Traditional Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu is a dessert that no one can resist, even the people who don't necessarily have a sweet tooth. And that's what makes this recipe perfect; the flavors work heavenly together. The crisp ladyfinger biscuits, bitter coffee, toasted rum, and sweet mascarpone create a beautiful symphony if flavors that I personally can't get enough of.
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 557 kcal

Equipment

  • Double boiler
  • Baking dish
  • 2 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ladyfingers
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp dark rum
  • 1/2 cup espresso coffee
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar over double boiler over low heat until thick.
  • Add mascarpone and 1 tbsp dark rum to bowl and whip with hand mixer until thick.
  • Combine whipped mascarpone with egg and sugar mixture. Set aside.
  • Using spoon, mix 2 tbsp dark rum with espresso coffee in a bowl. Set aside.
  • To assemble, dip ladyfingers into coffee and rum mixture and place onto baking dish. Use spatula to spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat for the next layer. Sift cocoa powder over tiramisu.
  • Place tiramisu in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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Notes

  • Make sure your double boiler is over low heat when whisking the eggs and sugar. This will help you avoid scrambling the eggs.
  • Espresso coffee is the best coffee for this dessert recipe, so if you can’t get your hands on an espresso maker try to use high quality coffee.
  • Use dark rum for deeper flavor in your tiramisu.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours for best results. 

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LadyFinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

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Calling all home bakers! Ladyfingers are simply a dessert you need to know how to make. These classic ladyfinger biscuits are quick and simple to make at home. And yes, of course you could go to that nice Italian store that sells the pricey imported cookies, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, keep in mind that homemade ladyfingers are not the same as store bought ones. The commercial savoiardi biscuit tends to be more crisp and firm than the homemade ladyfingers, which are more soft and pliable.

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What are Ladyfinger biscuits?

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers. They are notorious for being an essential ingredient in the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu. They’re also known as boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, and savoiardis.

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I feel like everyone always assumes these biscuits originated in Italy because of their famous connotation to tiramisu. But really, Ladyfingers originated in the late 15th century in Savoy, which today is parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy. They were created to mark the occasion when the King of France came to visit. Later, they were given the name Savoiardi.

Today, the recipe remains very similar to traditional one.

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Want the secret ingredient for a perfect Ladyfinger?

Fold, don’t mix. The definition of folding is to carefully add a light, airy mixture (in this case egg whites) to a thicker, heavier mixture. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.

So essentially, the secret ingredient to a perfect homemade ladyfinger is air!

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The eggs

Since this is an egg-based recipe, you need to make sure your handling your eggs correctly. Separate the egg whites and yolks during the prep. Mix the egg white with half of the listed sugar with a electric hand mixer until it forms thick peaks. Mix the egg yolks with other half of the listed sugar with a hand whisk until it becomes light in color.

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Why the powdered sugar?

The powdered sugar melts into the surface of the ladyfinger and creates an ever so delicate, sweet crust.

Let them cool completely before working with them.

When they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart. When you leave them to cool completely they will firm up and get crispier on the outside and spongy on the inside.

Please just let them cool completely, especially if you’re making tiramisu. The biscuit will be able to soak up the coffee and rum mixture so much better if it is stale.

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What other recipes can I use these cookies in other than Tiramisu?

Ladyfingers can be eaten as is, but they really shine in recipes where they are soaked in a syrup or other liquid. So, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the kind of cookie that goes great in tiramisus. However, they also work well in icebox cakes, eclairs, trifles, and so much more. Watch my video demonstrating this recipe below so you can make ladyfinger desserts like a professional!

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Making an egg-free version of this recipe is simple! Just substitute the eggs for butter and you’re good to go. Let me know if you’d be interested to see a full recipe on egg-less ladyfingers in the comments below!

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Ladyfinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers and they are notorious for being an essential ingredient to the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian, Swiss
Servings 4 people
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Piping bag
  • 2 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add egg whites and half of sugar to a bowl and mix using an electric mixer until fluffy. Set aside.
  • Add egg yolks and other half of sugar to a bowl and mix using a whisk until combined. Pour into egg white mixture.
  • Sift all-purpose flour, corn flour, and baking powder into the egg white bowl and fold ingredients together to form dough.
  • Scoop dough into piping bag and set aside.
  • Generously butter baking pan.
  • Pipe cookies onto baking pan to 2 inches length.
  • Generously sift powdered sugar onto cookies before placing in oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Be sure to fold the mixture together in step 4. Folding ensures that you don’t undo all the whipping you did with the egg whites in step 1. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.
  • Sift all dry ingredients to avoid lumps.
  • Wait for them to cool before handling since when they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart.
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Cotoletta Di Pollo Alla Milanese AKA Italian Style Breaded Chicken Cutlet

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What the hell is a cotoletta? It’s the Italian word for cutlet. It’s essentially a slice of meat, with or without bone, dredged in egg, breaded, and fried with oil or butter. It’s often made with veal, but I grew up eating it with chicken. And let me tell you, my dad makes a mean cotoletta. It’s kinda one of those things you make when you need to cook up something quick, so I have eaten a lot of these in my day. And every single one has been delicious.

The secret to a juicy chicken cutlet is cooking it on low heat. This allows the chicken to cook and the batter to crisp up simultaneously, so you have juicy chicken on the outside and a perfectly browned crust on the outside.

Another secret tip for these cutlets is cooking them in oil AND butter. Usually people pick one or the other, but this recipe works best if you use both. The oil gets the job done way better but the butter adds a nice richness of flavor that you would be missing out on if you skipped it.

Italian Cotoletta AKA Breaded Chicken Cutlet

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Cotoletta is Italian for cutlet. Here's how to make the best chicken cutlet you've ever tried.

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 cups frying oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. With a sharp knife, slice chicken breast into thin cutlets.
  2. Using a meat tenderizer, tenderize each cutlet until they are 1/4 inch thin.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper. Add chicken to egg mixture and combine.
  4. Cover bowl and place in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Take chicken and egg mixture out of fridge. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs.
  6. Pick up one cutlet from the egg mixture bowl and allow any excess egg to drip off. Drop chicken in bread crumbs and coat using hands, turning the cutlet over to make sure all sides are coated. Repeat for each cutlet.
  7. In a large pan over low heat, add frying oil and butter.
  8. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Enjoy!

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Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that’s just so much better homemade.

Now, this is by no means an authentic recipe. But, it is simple, quick, and delicious, so you can enjoy a nice plate of pasta even on a busy day. 1 can of tomatoes, a couple cloves of garlic, some basil leaves, and some salt and you’re good to go for a fast, satisfying meal.

Try to use canned plum tomatoes, but if you can’t find them go ahead and use tomato puree and a couple fresh tomatoes. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time since it’ll take a little longer for the tomatoes to dissolve and the sauce to develop.

One of my favorite things to do to this recipe is add some red pepper flakes for some heat. And of course, I always top with parmesan or pecorino romano. It’s simply mandatory.

Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that's just so much better homemade.


Ingredients

  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 handful basil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan, pour can of plum tomato. Refill can with 1 cup water and add to pan.
  2. Add garlic and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and use a food mill to crush the large pieces of tomato that didn’t dissolve.
  4. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes and add basil and salt to taste. Serve with pasta and enjoy!

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Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

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Sometimes I have tomatoes that I just don’t know what to do with, and that’s when this recipe comes in handy.

Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they’re mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don’t underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

My dad made this recipe when I was younger so I ate these often growing up, and let me tell you; there’s just something about Italian tomatoes that is just unmatched. Even simply in the color. But that’s besides the point.

This recipe pairs great with a meaty protein or even a pasta dish. These tomatoes even make great appetizers! They’re so simple to make, and you can keep any left over filling in the fridge for the next time you want to make this unique side dish.

Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they're mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don't underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumb
  • 1 tsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and place in a baking tin with the flesh facing up. Salt the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine parsley, basil, garlic, panko, and parmesan. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, or your hands, place the herb mixture on the tomatoes.
  5. Place tomatoes in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the herbs are golden brown and the tomatoes are wrinkling. Enjoy!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion. They are actually very similar, but they are cooked and folded very differently. With American omelettes, you fold one time in half and cook over low medium heat. This produces a slightly crispy omelette. But a French omelette is a whole different thing; you almost more roll, rather than fold the omelette, and you cook over a gentle, low heat. This creates a soft, velvety omelette with a silky interior.

This is the classic recipe so it just just topped with chives, but you can also make omelette au fromage where you add cheese to the omelette right before folding. I don’t know what it is but something about French omelettes feels lighter than regular omelettes, and in the morning that’s exactly what I need.

For the exact technique, check out my video on this recipe below!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

  • Servings: 1 person
  • Difficulty: easy
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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion; they are just irresistible a soft and velvety!.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, crack the eggs, add salt, and whisk until mixture is a thin liquid.
  2. In an 8 inch pan over low heat, add butter and melt. Spread around all edges of the pan to prevent the omelette from sticking later.
  3. Once completely melted, add egg mixture and scramble until the eggs begin to thicken.
  4. Once most of the egg liquid is scrambled, start spreading the mixture on the pan to create a round shape. Use spatula to flatten down edges
  5. Once round, flat, and even, use a spatula to begin folding. Start from the side closest to you, and make a small fold. Then continue folding until you’ve reached the last fold.
  6. Fold the last edge of the omelette into a plate. Top with chives and enjoy!

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Deviled eggs with relish, best deviled egg recipe

Deviled Eggs Made With Relish Recipe

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Deviled eggs are a classic for so many different cultures. Italians mix their filling with tuna, Greeks mix theirs with olives, and the south mixes theirs with relish! If you’re a relish person, you will love this version of deviled eggs, and if you’re not a relish person, I encourage you to give this a go anyways because the flavor combination of everything in these deviled eggs and the relish is phenomenal. Truly one of a kind.

Serving deviled eggs at picnics and cocktail parties is a very regular thing for Americans, but this classic finger food did not originate in the United States. Although they weren’t prepared the way we know and love today, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs are traced back to ancient Rome. These little delicacies are also sometimes called Russian eggs, using red caviar or anchovies.

Deviled Eggs

Long story short, there’s probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you’re going to come across. Why may you ask? Well, I used a secret ingredient in these deviled eggs. And that is… drum roll please… BUTTER. And not melted butter, but softened, room temperature butter. It provides a creamy, velvety addition to the filling. Whatever you do, do not skip the butter in this recipe.

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Deviled Eggs Made With Relish

  • Servings: 3 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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There's probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you're going to come across.


Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill half way with water and add eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover with lid, remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, drain the hot water from the pot and run cold water over the eggs. Peel eggs.
  3. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk into a bowl using a spoon. Using a fork, mash the yolks until you have an even consistency.
  4. In the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop the filling into eggs, or use a piping back with or without a fancy tip, and pipe the filling into the eggs. Serve!

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Cotoletta Alla Milanese With Apple Salad Recipe

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What the hell is a cotoletta? It’s the Italian word for cutlet. It’s essentially a slice of meat, with or without bone, passed in egg, breaded and fried with oil or butter. It’s often made with veal, but I grew up eating it with chicken. And let me tell you, my dad makes a mean cotoletta. It’s kinda one of those things you make when you need to cook up something quick, so I have eaten a lot of these in my day. And every single one has been delicious. It’s satisfying, simple, and delicious!

The secret to a juicy chicken cutlet is cooking it on low heat. This allows the chicken to cook and the batter to crisp up simultaneously, so you have juicy chicken on the outside and a perfectly browned crust on the outside.

Cotoletta Alla Milanese

Another secret tip for these cutlets is cooking them in oil AND butter. Usually people pick one or the other, but this recipe works best if you use both. The oil gets the job done way better but the butter adds a nice richness of flavor that you would be missing out on if you skipped it.

As for the salad, it is completely versatile the type of fruits and veggies you want to throw in there. However, I did discover that apples pair very well with balsamic vinegar, so if you have apples on hand make sure to throw them into your salad! And it’s apple picking season right now so I know we all have some apples laying around. Apples actually go so well with savory flavors, I recently made a brussel sprouts and apple saute. The flavors work great together and it’s still one of my favorite ways to eat brussels!

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Cotoletta Alla Milanese With Apple Salad

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cotoletta is Italian for cutlet. Here's how to make the best chicken cutlet you've ever tried.


Cotoletta Alla Milanese

– 1 chicken breast
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– 1 tbsp butter
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups bread crumbs
– salt and pepper to taste

Apple Salad

– 2 cups spring mix
– 1 red apple, sliced
– 1 tomato, quartered
– 1/2 cucumber, sliced
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– salt and pepper to taste

Cotoletta Alla Milanese

1. Slice the chicken breast into thing cutlets.
2. Using a meat tenderizer, pound each cutlet until they are equally thin.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and add salt and pepper. Let the chicken marinate in the egg mixture for at least 5 minutes.
4. After 5 minutes, heat up oil and butter in a large pan at low heat.
5. One cutlet at a time, remove chicken from egg mixture and coat in bread crumbs and then transfer to heated oiled pan.
6. Cook until chicken is golden brown on both sides and then transfer chicken to a lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve.

Apple Salad

1. Combine spring mix, apple, tomato, and cucumber in bowl.
2. Combine oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper in a separate bowl.
3. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Serve.

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Vegan Strawberry Waffles With Strawberry Syrup Recipe

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Waffles are my favorite breakfast in the morning. They are so versatile and can be made in so many different ways. For this recipe I made strawberry waffles by pureeing one cup of strawberries and including them into the waffle mixture. By using this technique you can flavor your waffles with anything you want, and even make them healthier! Imagine pumpkin waffles, apple cider waffles, or banana waffles… the possibilities are endless.

The warm strawberry syrup adds extra goodness! My favorite way to cook these waffles is just long enough for the outside to be crispy but the inside be soft, and then pour the strawberry syrup while hot right before serving. If you love strawberries and waffles, then you should definitely try this recipe out.

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“Strawberry

  • Servings: ”2
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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”Fluffy

– 1 cup flour
– 1/4 cup plant based milk
– 4 tbsp sugar
– 1 cup strawberries, blended
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tbsp flax seed + 2 tbsp warm water
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

“Strawberry


– 1/4 cup strawberries
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 tbsp sugar

“Strawberry

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, blended strawberries, flax seed egg, and vanilla extract in seperate bowl.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour mixture onto waffle maker and cook until edges are crispy.
  5. Serve with strawberry syrup.
  6. [recipe-directions title=“Strawberry Syrup”
  7. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and cook on low to medium heat until mixture becomes a syrup, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve with strawberry waffles.

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Veggie Packed Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad will quickly become a favorite in your home. It’s refreshing, simple, and delicious!

You can really add as many veggies as you’d like to this pasta salad, but I just used what I had available. I’d love to give this recipe a try using carrots, pickled onions, artichoke, zucchini, mushrooms, and so so much more! Pasta salad is slightly underrated, since it does have so many possibilities.

You want to add your avocado last so that it doesn’t get too mashed up in your pasta salad. I love putting some everything bagel seasoning right over my avocado and salad. It adds another layer of taste and texture to the dish and is sodium free!

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Plant Based Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Refreshing, simple, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta of choice
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup banana peppers, sliced
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 packet goya salad and vegetable seasoning
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup black olives
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ tsp everything bagel seasoning, optional

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the avocado.
  2. Once combined, add avocado. Enjoy!

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Egg-less Gnocchi Recipe

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Gnocchi is a pasta made of potato. It’s kinda like a soft pasta dumpling. Take my word for it, it’s delicious. Truly one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

This is my favorite kind of pasta because it’s so filling! But gnocchi weren’t always the delicate, fluffy pasta dumplings we know them as today. At first they existed with different ingredients like squash and breadcrumbs. But it didn’t become the potato dumplings we know today until the 16th century when potatoes were introduced to Europe.

Cooked Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

This recipe for gnocchi is simpler than grain pasta recipes! You need to give it a try especially if you have never tried gnocchi before.

Making the gnocchi shape isn’t easy, so be sure to check out a video for a visual explanation of the technique. If making the shapes isn’t working for you, then you can just keep your gnocchi smooth!

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Gnocchi is really one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

Ingredients

  • 2 boiled peeled medium potatoes
  • 1¼ cups flour + extra for forming gnocchi
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mash your potatoes until they are completelty smooth ans free of clumps.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix until you have a formed a dough that looks firm but is still a bit sticky.
  3. Form dough into a log and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After resting, cut one inch from your dough log and use your hands to form that section into a long, thin dough piece.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut one inch pieces of the stretched out dough.
  6. Pick up one of the pieces you cut, and use a fork to make the shape of the gnoccho, using flour generously to prevent the dough from sticking.
  7. Repeat step 6 for as many gnocchi needed.
  8. Throw your shaped gnocchi into your boiling salted pasta water.
  9. Cook until the gnocchi float to the top, stirring frequently to prevent them from sticking.
  10. Once they float to the top, remove from the water and serve with sauce of choice. Enjoy!

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Greek Meatballs Keftedes Using Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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This recipe is inspired by Greek dish called Keftedes. “Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Indian subcontinent, South Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices or onions.”

I decided to make my own version of these Keftedes in plant based version, that’s still delicious and full of flavor like traditional Keftedes.

Greek Meatballs Keftedes

This plant based meatball recipe is great because it yields a meatball that develops a crispy outside layer, making the texture more similar to a traditional meatball.

These koftedes developed great flavors and I have to admit it is because of this spice seasoning I picked up at the store.

Greek All Purpose Seasoning

These meatballs would work well with just about any bean, I just used black eyed peas because I like the color and the texture it provides in a vegan meatball.

I noticed that these meatballs are best the next day! I swear.

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Vegan Greek Meatballs Keftedes

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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups cooked black eyed peas
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 flax egg
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp all purpose greek seasoning
  • ¼ tsp paprika

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until your mixture is roughly chopped.
  2. Form your meatballs and place formed meatballs in fridge for 25 minutes.
  3. Baked the meatballs in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  4. After an hour, remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve with lemon tahini dressing. Enjoy!

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Plant-based Chicken Caesar Wrap Using Mushrooms Recipe

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Creamy, crunchy, classic vegan chicken caesar salad.

Lately, I’ve had a deep love for wraps. They are just so fresh and satisfying, and you can fill them up with whatever your heart desires. In this recipe I’m going to show my method for making vegan mushroom chicken, vegan caesar dressing, and homemade croutons.

The chicken in this caesar wrap is imitated with diced mushrooms coated in my buttermilk fried chicken dredging mixture, and then fried on low to medium heat.

Mushrooms do carry a distinct flavor to them, however when coated in a crispy flavored breading and combined with the flavors from the dressing, mushrooms work great in this recipe to substitute chicken.

*Update* This buttermilk fried mushroom chicken has been approved by non-vegans.

The dressing is made up mainly of cashews. If you are allergic to nuts, this could also work with the canned chickpeas, or any type of white bean. Vegan mayonnaise would also work well in this recipe.

You can replace the romaine lettuce for kale, spinach, or arugula for a more nutrient dense wrap. A great idea would be to make a spring mix of lettuce, kale, and spinach so you get a great combination of nutrients.

Homemade croutons are exceptionally better than anything you could buy at the store. Why? Besides the key level of freshness, these croutons have no preservatives or nasty weird chemicals.

But really, these are snack worthy. I took the liberty to add some fresh herbs from my garden, like basil and parsley, on top of the dried herbs required for the recipe. You can also replace the butter with olive oil if you prefer.

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Vegan Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Creamy, crunchy, classic vegan chicken caesar salad.


Vegan Chicken Ingredients

– 1 cup mushrooms
– ½ cup vegetable oil
– 1 cup wet dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
– 1 cup dry dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe

Dressing Ingredients

– ¼ cup cashews
– 1 teaspoon capers
– 1 teaspoon mustard
– 3 tablespoons water
– ½ lemon juice
– ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
– salt and pepper to taste

Crouton Ingredients

– 3 slices sandwich bread
– ¼ cup melted butter
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ½ teaspoon onion powder
– ½ teaspoon parsley
– ½ teaspoon oregano
– ½ teaspoon basil
– salt and pepper to taste

Wrap Ingredients

– 4 tortilla wraps
– 1 head romaine lettuce

Vegan Chicken Directions

1. Dice mushrooms and set up both wet and dry dredging mixtures.
2. Coat mushrooms in dry mixture, then wet mixture, then back to dry mixture.
3. Fry mushrooms on pan filled with vegetable oil at low to medium heat until both sides are golden brown.

Dressing Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Croutons Directions

1. Mix all ingredients except bread.
2. Dice bread into desired size.
3. Place bread on baking tray and evenly spread mixture over bread and mix evenly.
4. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, mix, and then bake again for 5-7 minutes.

Wrap Directions

1. Combine lettuce, dressing, croutons, and fried mushrooms.
2. Place ¼ of the salad onto a wrap and fold.
3. Repeat step 2 for the 3 remaining wraps.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Per Serving: 1198 calories; 98.5 g fat; 62.1 g carbohydrates; 19.9 g protein; 164 mg cholesterol; 875 mg sodium.

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Best Vegan French Toast

Best Vegan French Toast Recipe

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I see so many french toast recipes using breads that nobody ever really has in their kitchen, at least not on a regular basis. So, I made it a mission to make the best french toast recipe that works on regular old sandwich bread (you know the kind that you always have and never really know what to do with).

Vegan French Toast

I’m using potato bread, but any type of bread works here. A good trick to avoid soggy french toast is to not allow the bread slice to fully be submerged in the mix. The dip should be a quick one, two, and you should allow any excess mix to drip off before placing the slice on the pan.

You also need to make sure that you have enough butter on your pan for each slice! That is the secret to perfectly golden french toast.

For extra crunchy french toast, cook the french toast until the edges are brown and allow to cool before serving.

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Best Vegan French Toast

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: normal
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Crunchy, fluffy plant based french toast.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup plant based milk
  • ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 4 slices potato bread

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together besides the butter and set aside.
  2. Add one tablespoon butter on a pan at medium to high heat.
  3. Quickly dip both sides of bread into batter, never fully submerging the bread in the batter.
  4. Drip off extra batter and place dipped bread onto buttered pan.
  5. Cook for a couple minutes, until the bread has developed an even golden brown color.
  6. Flip, and do the same on the other side.
  7. Transfer to a plate. Repeat steps 2-6 for the remaining pieces of bread.
  8. Allow french toast to cool before cutting or serving.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 439 calories; 4.7 g fat; 95.7 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; mg cholesterol; 252 mg sodium.

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Classic Chickpea Hummus

Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe

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Hummus is truly one of a kind. Classic, healthy, and so delicious!

I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. “Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian. For this reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods.

I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.

Once the chickpeas are cooked though, this recipe is super simple. 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.

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Simple Chickpea Hummus

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Classic, silky hummus better than anything you'd buy at the store.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
  2. Add chickpeas and blend.
  3. Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Taste for salt.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 239 calories; 7.3 g fat; 35.1 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 61 mg sodium.

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