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How to Make a Last Minute Mediterranean Dinner for the Whole Family

Matthew Ambrosio

Posted on August 21 2019

It was a Sunday and all I wanted to do was spend time in the garden with my hens. Just one thing, the family was coming over and all week I couldn’t decide whether we were ordering takeout or cooking dinner. Takeout for Sunday? Absolutely, sometimes there is no time however you look forward to being with the people you love and enjoy spending time with, sometimes. No family is perfect.

Sunday afternoon an hour before company arrived I finally made the decision to cook. I am so glad I did. I went onto my favorite “social” site Pinterest to find the recipes I needed. We were having a “Mediterranean” barbecue. A nice change from Sunday sauce and being part Greek, very appropriate.

So here we go! Quick note the 60 minutes includes the prep time and most of it is marination time so pour yourself a glass of wine while you set the table.

First things first! Soak wooden skewers in water for one hour.

Recipes you will need from Pinterest:

Lamb and Veal Kofta Kebobs (The recipe calls for all lamb however I changed it up and mixed in veal at a 50/50 ratio – just because)

Beef Shish Kebobs

Greek Style Chicken Kebobs (My Own Recipe)

  • 1.25 pounds of cubed white meat chicken
  • The juice of 2-3 large lemons
  • 4 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Combine all ingredients and marinate for one hour.

Tzatziki 

Other items you will need

  • 2 Packs of greek style pitas. Greek style pitas are little more fluffy, any will do. I like to mix in whole wheat.
  • Fresh crumbled feta
  • 10oz Container of hummus
  • Pitted kalamata olives
  • Slice lemon wedges

Rice Recipe

  • 3 Cups instant white rice (feeds 5-6 people)
  • 3 Cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 Cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tsp of dried dill (add after rice is cooked completely for flavor and garnish)

Throw it all together 

  1. Get the meat mixes out of the way and prep your kebobs. Store the blended meats in ziplock or bowls in the fridge until someone comes over to help you skewer. My little bro comes early so he jumped right in and we got to chat about his new job. Cooking doesn’t have to be a solitary activity and it helps remember the English language as we become digital vegetables. Guilty.
  2. Take a large pot to make the rice. Throw in enough oil to slightly brown the onion, garlic and parsley. Follow the direction of whatever “minute rice” you decide to use. I like your regular white rice for Mediterranean food and replace the water required with the chicken broth. Throw in the chicken broth, bring it a boil and add the rice according to the directions on the box. I made 3 cups of rice which fead 6 people. Quick tip: Basmati is great for Indian food and Jasmine is perfect for Asian. 
  3. Organize your toppings. Bowl your hummus, kalamata olives and tzatziki and place on the table.
  4. By the time you’ve done this throw your skewers on the barbie. Cook time should take about 15-20 minutes. Plate and put on the table with your toppings.
  5. Plate the cooked rice and garnish with dried dill, squeeze some lemon wedges over the kebobs.
  6. Last, throw your pita on the grill and toast till they get grill marks. Plate them and tell everyone dinner is ready.

I suggest serving a salad to add some healthy greens and veggies to the mix. The garden salad also makes a great additional ingredient to pile onto your stuffed pita.

Pour a wine of your choice. Invite everyone to dig in and enjoy their “build your own” Mediterranean pitas, again and again. Most important enjoy the company.

Matthew

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