Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Big Fat Greek Obsession

I'm a mut. An American mut. I have German-English-Scottish-Irish-Indian-Texas White Trash blood. And not that I'm displeased with my heritage. Quite the contrary. I'm proud of my roots. My dad's family is traced back the the 1600s in Germany. I've been to the town in Germany from which we, well, sprung. There was a church with WWI and WWII POW and MIA and my maiden name was listed at least 8 times. His family also built most of Kendall County, Texas and were Texas Rangers, sheriffs - cool stuff. I just wish there was a little Greek in there.

*pause while my ancestors turn in their graves*

I'd make a great Greek girl.

I'm curvy, loud, outspoken, boisterous - everything I know Greeks to be. But I'm quite pale, and blond. There's no Greek there.

Greeks have great food. And huge families. They love to celebrate. And they eat lots of feta. I'm in!

TV Joe and I have become quite obsessed with Greek salads. We love a good Greek salad. Cucumber, onion, tomatoes, olives, Greek dressing topped with feta. We could eat this every night. We pretty much do! We like to eat it with chicken, some pita and hummus. So good.

I found this recipe last week and I just had to try it. It's from one of Paula Deen's shows. Tracie's Couscous Salad Recipe. I don't know who Tracie is but I now love her. It's freak show good. I mean amazing! I love everything about it. Except the lime. Don't add too much lime. Just one lime to kinda brighten it a bit. My word this was a good salad. I added some shrimp and we chowed. I beg you to try it soon!

Tracie's Couscous Salad

Recipe courtesy Tracie Farmer, via Paula Deen

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Serves: 6 servings
  • Ingredients

    • 1 box flavored couscous (garlic or Parmesan), cooked (I used Parmesan)
    • 1 can chickpeas (drain and rinse those bad boys - you don't want 'em tasting like can!)
    • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
    • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped (I think this could use 2 cukes - but I'm obsessed with cucumber right now)
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (I add this to the top - feta breaks down after time if you have leftovers they taste better if you add the feta right before devouring)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 to 3 limes, juiced (I did one lime, then tasted - did not want to make it too citrusy)


    In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients with the olive oil and lime juice, to taste. Season to taste.

    Prepare to love this - it's that good!


    SpiveyTales said...

    You always crack me up! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Megan said...

    Love the summer look for the blog!
    Recipe looks great - I'll have to try it!
    A good greek recipe is from Sarah on the Clover Lane blog. I am copying & pasting it for ya cause I don't have your email!

    Feta Dip:
    1 container of uncrumbled feta (I think it's about a pound)
    1 bunch of green onions, sliced thin (a cup?)
    2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    1 cup of olive oil (not the "light" kind)
    1 long, thin, baguette, sliced thin
    Greek Seasoning (I use Cavendars, but any kind will do)
    A sprinkle of salt

    Wet a large platter with the olive oil.
    Crumble feta onto platter.
    Cover with onions, tomatoes and seasoning evenly.
    Mix together lightly. Sprinkle with a little salt if you want.

    Use bread for dipping, smooshing, piling.

    K.Law said...

    It's on my menu for tomorrow!! YUM!!!

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