Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Greek Nachos

Greek Nachos

Sometimes I find a recipe and make it right away. Other times, I hold on to recipes for years and a memory will spark my desire to make it. Lately, I have been looking way back into my archive of saved recipes and I have had some fun playing around with them. This recipe isn't that old. It dates back to the summer of 2009, but that was a time in my life when I wasn't doing much cooking. The summer mix of ingredients made me hang on to it until now. It is a quick and fun dinner and absolutely great for a party. I couldn't find ground lamb at my market so I used ground turkey. Beef would work as well. Store bought pita chips ensured I would not have to turn on my oven on a hot day. The tangy feta and yogurt sauce is great, and the toppings were just as good on spinach rice the next day. Summer is quickly winding down so I encourage you to find the best tomatoes and cucumbers and not wait three years to make this recipe.

Greek Nachos

Other bloggers who love Greek nachos:
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Vanilla Sugar
Not Without Salt

Greek-Style Nachos
(Adapted from the New York Times)

Makes 4 servings

For the sauce:
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
Zest and juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces pita chips (homemade or store bought)

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 pound ground turkey (or ground lamb or beef)
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 cup red onion
1/2 cup sliced black olives (or kalamata olives)
Sliced pepperoncini
Crumbled feta

To make the sauce, combine the feta, Greek yogurt, olive oil, mint, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth and season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the turkey is cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Divide the pita chips among plates. Top each plate with a bit of turkey, the feta sauce and a mix of the other toppings.

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vanillasugarblog said...

man i remember making those
these, to me, are far better than the normal nachos
looks good totes!

Maria said...

I love Greek nachos!

Elliott said...

Sounds fresh and bright and perfect for a meze!! I love Greek food...

Banana Wonder said...

Love this and must make it soon. Yours looks so yummy.

Joanne said...

I always love it when some random thing triggers a food memory...you never know when your subconscious will strike! These nachos sound great...such a nice twist.

Gastronomer said...

Party food! OPA, Esi!!

test it comm said...

I could really go for a plate of those greek nachos right now!

Unknown said...

this sounds great! and totally in love with a light dinner like this :)

chicago foodie girl said...

Oooh, yummy! Definitely going on my to-make list!!

kellypea said...

What a great idea! I know we'd love them -- especially in this hot weather. I've been going through archives as well -- amazing what I find!

lisa is cooking said...

I keep saying how much I love Greek flavors in the summer. These nachos sound great!

The Duo Dishes said...

We definitely would've used the lamb. We're big lamb lovers. These are a fun party dish.