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Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken souvlaki is one of the easiest things to make and is always so, so delicious.  It’s the staple of any good Greek feast, there are few things I love more than a giant Greek feast. I recommend serving the souvlaki alongside some tzatziki, lemon rice pilaf, perfect roasted potatoes and a big, fresh salad with lots of feta and a zippy dressing.  Try and get your hands on some Loukoumades to really round things out.  For the souvlaki, I like to just chop up some boneless skinless chicken breast, mix it with a marinade of olive, lemon juice, chopped garlic, some kosher salt and black pepper and about a teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme and dill.  If you have fresh herbs on hand, even better.

Souvlaki marinade

Souvlaki marinade

You can throw the mix in a frying pan or skillet…

Chicken Souvlaki

…or thread it on some skewers for the BBQ!

Souvlaki skewers

Souvlaki skewers

Get some other Greek goodies prepped too.

Greek Feast in progress

Grilled veggies would also be amazing with this.

Grilled Veggies

Grilled Veggies

Get ready for your feast!

Greek Feast

Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary1 tsp parsley
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp dill
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

  1. Mix chicken breast with olive oil and spice mixture.  Use right away or let marinade for up to 24 hours.  Fry in a pan or skillet, bake in the oven at 350 degrees, or BBQ skewers until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 10 – 15 minutes.

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The Greek Souvlaki Shack

The Greek Souvlaki Shack caused a Greek food craving frenzy in my life a few months ago, and I thought it was time I told more people about this place.   I first tried it for dinner with friends one evening, and returned the very next night with another group because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!!  So glad this place is just a few blocks away!

The first night we started with the Greek Fries….and the second night I insisted we do the same thing.  It’s basically a Greek poutine.  And as a good Canadian, I love all things poutine related.  Perfect, crispy fries, feta cheese, Greek spices and just enough olive oil to lightly coat the fries, but not be overwhelming at all.  PERFECT.

Greek Fries

On the second visit we tried another appetizer:  the Greek sausage.  It was juicy with a nice crisp-ish coating, and was served with red onion.  Thumbs up all around!

Greek Sausage and Fries

The main course was beyond good.  Every bite.  So so so good.  The first night I got the chicken souvlaki, but wolfed it down too quickly to take a photo.  The second visit I tried the Beef Gyro platter, and that is what you see below.  The platters all came with rice pilaf (amazing), potatoes and  fresh, perfect Greek salad. All the flavours flying around this dinner were just exceptional.   I loved it from start to finish, and needless to say, I’ve found my go-to Greek place in Ottawa!

I also had to ask what kind of olive oil they used because it was noticeably light and delicious.  Turns out it’s just from Coscto!  Guess that means it’s time to get a membership….

Beef Gyro Platter

I haven’t had room for dessert any of the 3 times I’ve been to this place (I also went back again with my mom when she was in town…).  But all kinds of Greek pastries are displayed temptingly along the front counter.  Maybe one day I’ll have the will power to skip the Greek Fries at the beginning to save room for dessert.  Maybe….

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Tzatziki

I have a mild obsession with Greek food at the moment, caused largely by the discovery of a fantastic new restaurant just a few blocks from my place.  I went to the Greek Souvlaki Shack two nights in a row because the food was so amazing and fresh, I couldn’t get it off my mind after my first visit.  But more details on that to come…

Anyways, it inspired me to post this tzatiki recipe, since it’s an essential condiment for any Greek feast.  Just line up a few simple ingredients…

Tzatziki Ingredients

…and turn it into this!  (Dill works nicely in this recipe too, just didn’t have any this time around.)

Tzatziki

Allow me to show you some possibilities for using this beautiful stuff….

Like along side chicken souvlaki and lemon rice pilaf, for example!

Tzatziki with Chicken Souvlaki and Lemon Rice Pilaf

But of course, it’s fresh, creamy goodness isn’t limited to just Greek food.  Use it as a dip for roasted potatoes, or spread it on falafel…mmmmmm!

Tzatziki and Falafel

Tzatziki Recipe

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
1 – 2 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
1 tsp salt
1 -2 tbsp fresh dill (optional)

1.  Mix all ingredients together.  Make a few hours ahead if possible, and refrigerate until serving.  If you let it sit for a few hours, the flavours will get really nice and strong.  Also, make sure you use a nice thick Greek yogurt to get good texture.

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Fantastic Falafel

These falafels are a garlicky DREAM.  Lots of raw garlic ensures this! I have a pretty serious addiction to garlic, so I served these with homemade tzatziki;  also chalk full of raw garlic.  Don’t go anywhere after eating this unless you have some high octane mouthwash or aren’t afraid of losing a few friends due to intense garlic breath.  It’s powerful stuff!

Now that you’ve been adequately warned about the garlic, let’s move onto the rest of the ingredients; chick peas, parsley, lemon, cumin, hot sauce and salt.  Very simple and very delicious.

Fantastic Falafel Ingredients

Throw everything in the food processor or blender and pulse until well blended.

Falafel Mixture

Add some flour(use whole wheat if you want to keep it extra healthy) to the chickpea mixture and stir until completely combined.

Falafel Mixture with flour

Form the mixture into patties and fry them in a bit of butter or oil.

Fried Falafel

Make sure they get golden and crispy!

Golden, Delicious Falafel

Get the rest of your ingredients ready.  I like to inhale my falafel on a pita with homeade tzatziki and fresh veggies.

Falafel Set-up

Take a nice close look at this pretty little thing.

Fantastic Falafel Close-up

Or do it up open face!

Open face falafel

Open face falafel

Fantastic Falafel Recipe

2 cans (19 oz each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup parsley
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp salt
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup olive oil

1.    In food processor, blend together chickpeas, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, cumin, hot sauce and salt. Transfer mixture to bowl and stir in flour.
2.    Form mixture into 24 balls (about 2 tbsp each) and flatten slightly.
3.    Heat oil in non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Fry falafel for 2 – 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
4.    Serve in a pita with tzatziki along with cucumber, diced tomato and lettuce.

From:  The G.I. Diet Cookbook

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