Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

postheadericon Pan-Fried Pierogies Recipe

 

Here is a traditional pan-fried pierogies recipe. Boil pierogies first to cook the outer-dumpling. Then pan-fry them with sliced onions, butter, and spices until golden brown!

Serve with sour cream, and fresh oregano!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 Medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 12 pierogies – I like to use Mrs. T’s Potato and Cheddar Cheese Pierogies
  • Fresh oregano (chopped)

Directions:

In a large pot, bring water to a boil.
Add the Pierogies to the boiling water. Boil them for 2-3 minutes or until they float, drain, and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the chopped onions and garlic to the skillet and fry, stirring often until the onions turn dark yellow and begin to caramelize.
Add the pierogies to the onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
Simmer the pierogies until they are golden-brown on the outside, along with the onions and garlic.
Add white wine and let the sauce reduce for about 1 min (juices need to evaporate a little)
Add a little butter and let it melt in with the pierogies. Gently stir the pierogies until they are coated in melted butter.
Turn off the heat, then add chopped fresh oregano before serving.
Arrange the pierogies in the center of a plate, spoon the rest of the caramelized onions and garlic over top and enjoy!

 

pan-fried-pierogies

Pierogies All Around the World: A History of Pierogies

Pierogies originated in Eastern Europe in the late 1800′s. Potatoes are often the main ingredient in pierogies. Pierogie means “little pies,” which is essentially what a pierogie is; Little pockets of dough with delicious fillings including, my favorite, potatoes and cheese.

All around the world, people have been coming up with different variations of the Pierogie.  They Call it a a Perozshkii in the Ukraine, a Piragi in Latvia, and a Pelmini in Russia.  It is sometimes spelled Perogi, which is Polish for Pierogie.

Other Spellings: Perogy, piroghi, pirohi, pirogi, piroshki, perogi, peroshkie, pipirozhki, pyrohy, pirozhki, pyrizhky

postheadericon Easy Hummus

 

Serves 3-4

Here is how to make easy roasted-garlic hummus.  Not only is it easy to make, it’s healthy too! Just whip up canned chickpeas with tahini, roasted garlic and a few other spices for a tasty Mediterranean treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can (15OZ) chickpeas
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  •  4-5 Cloves roasted garlic (click here for how to roast garlic)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of sea salt to taste
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

Open an drain the chickpeas.  Place in a food processor. Add the tahini, roasted garlic, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and whip until creamy.

Spoon the mixture onto a plate and make a dent in the center so that the hummus looks like a volcano. Pour the remaining olive oil into the center of the dent in the hummus. Sprinkle a dash of paprika on top of the hummus and serve with veggies or pita bread.

homemade garlic hummus

Mediterranean recipe books on Amazon:

The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

 

postheadericon Roasted Redskin Potatoes

 

Here is an easy side dish to make your meal complete. The olive oil coats the potatoes and allows the other ingredients to stick to the potatoes. The olive oil and garlic creates a nice, crunchy layer on the potatoes. The rosemary is the only herb needed for the perfect balance of flavors.

Ingredients:

•4-5 large sized red skin potatoes

•2-3 cloves garlic – minced

•1/4 cup fresh rosemary – chopped

•3-4 tablespoons olive oil

•Sea salt to taste

•Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Rinse the potatoes. Leave the skin on and cut the potatoes in quarters. Place in a square baking pan. Add the garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss ingredients until potatoes are evenly coated. Bake in the oven for about an hour, or until the potatoes can be easily poked through with a fork

Serve with barbeque sauce.

postheadericon Rotini Pasta Salad

 

A recipe for a very simple pasta salad from my husband

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6-8 servings) rotini or corkscrew pasta – cooked
  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 can sliced black olives (drained)
  • 1/2 to 1 bottle Wishbone Italian dressing (to taste)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and chill for an hour or two before serving.

postheadericon Roasted Red Pepper Dip

 

Here is an awesome recipe for a roasted red pepper dip.

1 roasted red pepper (from a jar or you can roast it yourself)
1 cup feta cheese
1 small clove of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
dash salt and pepper – to taste

Place the roasted red pepper, feta cheese, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper in a food processor and mix until smooth.

Serve with fresh vegetables and warm pita bread.