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Greek Lamb Chops Recipe – Paidakia – with Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients (2 servings ):

  • 6 lamb chops
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 small red chilli pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • a bunch of asparagus stalks

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the garlic.
  2. Chop the red chilli pepper.
  3. Squeeze the juice of half of the lemon.
  4. Mix together in a flatter bowl the chopped garlic, chopped chilli, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add the lamb chops. Toss them well in the marinade mixture, to be covered evenly. ( I did it a bit differently, I added the marinade ingredients over the lamb and tossed them a bit to mix them and cover evenly the lamb chops.)
  5. Let the chops marinate for 1-2 hours, even overnight if you have the time.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus:
  7. Wash the asparagus stalks and tear off their woodsy lower third.
  8. Grill the asparagus over high heat on two sides for a few minutes, until they get the nice charred grill marks.
  9. Grill the lamb chops for 2-3 minutes on each side and let them rest for a couple of minutes.
  10. Serve the lamb chops with the grilled asparagus and some lemon wedges / slices.

Spring Greek Salad Recipe

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 2 cornichon (smaller spring) cucumbers
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 green garlic
  • 250 g halloumi cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3-4 tablespoons Olive oil

Preparation method:

  1. Wash thoroughly the cucumbers and slice them
  2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves
  3. Slice the green onions and green garlic
  4. Slice the halloumi cheese into around half centimetre slices.
  5. Add the halved cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, sliced green onions and garlic, the olive oil, oregano and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Shake them gently together to homogenize.
  7. Heat the (flat top) grill and drizzle a bit of olive oil.
  8. Place the halloumi slices and fry them over medium heat for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Turn them and fry them for another minute.
  9. Serve the salad onto plates and place the grilled halloumi on top.

Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) – Greek Recipe:

Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe

As I told in a previous article, I had a short summer holiday in Greece where I ate quite a few seafood dishes, one of the favourites being the following – Shrimp Saganaki or as the Greek call it – Garides Saganaki.

I bought and brought back from Greece lots goodies – feta cheese, Kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil.

A week ago, Shuang, a friend from China, stayed over so I cooked her the following dish. She licked her fingers

 Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 500 g medium shrimps (about 15-20 pieces)Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  • 50 ml ouzo
  • 400 g cherry tomatoes, but you can use also plum or other kinds of tomatoes
  • 200 g Greek feta cheeseShrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • a few bread slices for the side
  • a handful of Kalamata olives for the finishing

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the garlic and onion.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  2. Halve the cherry tomatoes, or if using bigger tomatoes, dice them.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  3. Heat the olive oil in a smaller pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onion, garlic and red chilli flakes and fry until translucent and softened.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  5. Add the cherry tomatoes, stir and simmer over medium heat about 5 minutes, the sauce has formed.
  6. Add the whole shrimps, ouzo and the red peppercorns to taste and simmer for 2 minutes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  7. Crumble or cut the feta cheese into cubes.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  8. Add the feta cheese and oregano. Cover it with a lid and simmer for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  9. Meanwhile, in a different pan heat some olive oil and fry some rye bread to toast.Shrimp Saganaki (Garides Saganaki) - Greek Recipe
  10. Serve while shrimps still hot.

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