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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CREAMY MEDITERRANEAN SPREAD and GUACAMOLE HUMMUS and SHISH TAWOOK

I was so excited to host a dear friends birthday dinner, and when I asked her what she would like, she mentioned Greek food.
We served the Mediterranean spread, and guacamole hummus alongside olives, feta, spanakopita and dolmas, and the Shish Tawook with Tabbouleh. These three dishes were super quick and easy to put together, and although the spanakopita and dolmas were a little more time consuming, they were worth it - delicious!
It was a flavorful, varied and fun menu, just like our fabulous guests.

CREAMY MEDITERRANEAN SPREAD


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
7 ounces roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Spread cream cheese onto bottom of shallow dish (I will sometimes mix the cream cheese with store bought hummus). Combine remaining ingredients, spoon over cream cheese.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Food and Family, Summer 2010
www.kraftrecipes.com/foodfamilyarchive/.../magazine_archive.aspx

GUACAMOLE HUMMUS


In a food processor, combine 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, 3 cups fresh cilantro leaves, 1 garlic clove, chopped, and 1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped.
Process until finely chopped. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and juice of 1 lemon.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Everday Food
www.marthastewart.com › Food

SHISH TAWOOK


10 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and cut into 1-inch pieces

In a large, sealable, plastic bag, combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, yogurt, cardamom, salt and white pepper. Stir well. Add chicken and turn to coat it all over.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
Prepare grill. Thread chicken onto skewers, dividing pieces evenly among them. Grill over medium-high heat, turning skewers at least twice, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes total.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 2008
www.arkansasonline.com/news/features/food/

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