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Feta Cheese Salad

Feta Cheese Salad

Feta Cheese Salad is another recipe from Olives, Lemon and Za’atar. This is definitely a dish that is right up my alley! It’s a great compliment to any piece of chicken or lamb. Lay off the onions if you don’t like them…it won’t mess too much with the overall flavor of the dish. 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 pound of feta cheese, cut into 1/2 in. cubes (please splurge on GOOD feta for this)

8 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 c. fresh oregano, chopped

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or to taste

Sea salt to taste

1 smal red onion, sliced into thin rings, optional

Preparing Feta Cheese Salad:

In a medium serving bowl, combine the feta and tomatoes with oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir in oil, lemon juice and salt. Gently toss to combine. Taste and adjust the lemon juice, oil and salt to taste. 

Feta Cheese Salad

Important Tips:

If you are buying crumbled feta in a plastic container, make another dish. In order for this to be as good as it is supposed to be, you really need some GOOD QUALITY feta! It’s worth it. I promise. 

Meal Ideas:

The options for feta cheese salad are endless. A few of my favorite ideas are 1) as a side dish to chicken kabobs 2) in a piece of warm pita bread 3) over lettuce to make a more “traditional” salad and topped with chicken kabobs…this is actually the best way, in my opinion!

 

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

I was going though some meat that I had in my freezer and saw some thick pork chops…perfect for stuffing!  I decided to pull them out, but had no idea how I was going to prepare them. I knew I didn’t want a bread stuffing and didn’t have a long time to prepare them since it was an extra busy weeknight. I settled on a mixtures of feta cheese and pesto with an all purpose seasoning on the outside. These easy stuffed pork chops were pretty awesome, especially for throwing it all together on a whim! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 45 minutes

Ingredients for 3:

1 T. olive oil

1 T. butter

Thick cut pork chops (1 per person)

2 T. prepared pesto

1/4 c. feta cheese

Slavo Salt (or your favorite all seasoning spice blend)

Preparing Easy Stuffed Pork Chops:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix the pesto with feta cheese. Cut a slit in the center of the pork chop, making sure you don’t cut all the way though. You just want to make a “pocket”.  Gently put the pesto mixture into the slit of the pork chop.

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Season both sides with desired amount of Slavo Salt. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with butter and olive oil.

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Brown the pork chops for 5 minutes, turning once. 

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops        

Place pork chops in oven safe dish. Pour juices from the skillet over the pork chops. Cook for 30 minutes, or until no longer pink. Serve hot!

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Meal Ideas:

I served this with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Healthy AND delicious!

 

Feta Cheese Rolls

Feta Cheese Roll

An aunt of mine found a similar recipe for feta cheese rolls years ago in the Atlanta Journal. I’ve always been afraid to work with egg roll wrappers because I thought it was difficult. If I had known how easy it was, I would have made this years ago!! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 20 min; Cook Time – 5 min.

Ingredients:

1 egg plus one egg yolk

1 egg white

1 1/2 c. Feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 c. flat leaf parsley (if desired)

10 egg roll wrappers, cut into triangles

fresh herbs, if desired

Olive oil for frying

Preparing Feta Cheese Rolls:

Using a fork, beat together the egg and egg yolk. Mix in the crumbled feta and parsley. 

In a separate bowl, place the egg white. Beat gently. Get out a pastry brush (OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush – Small
).
Watch this quick how to video on easy feta cheese rolls.

Place a triangle of the egg roll wrapper on your work surface with the long part toward you. Place about 1 T. of the cheese mixture on the wrapper toward the edge. 

Feta Cheese Roll

Gently roll the wrapper in a log form until the cheese is covered. Gently tuck the left side under, followed by the right side.

Feta Cheese Roll

Feta Cheese Roll

Once both sides are tucked in, there should be a bit of a triangle left. Brush that with the egg white and finish rolling the wrapper.

Feta Cheese Roll

Feta Cheese Roll

Set aside and finish the rest of the wrappers. 

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Using a pair of tongs, add the feta cheese rolls.

Feta Cheese Roll

Turn after about 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan when all sides are golden brown and drain. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh herbs as desired.

Feta Cheese Roll