Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gyro Inspired Skillet Meal

I like Gyros and I like lamb except, tonight, I only had ground lamb and a few other random ingredients so... I made this up. Fairly tasty!


1 lb ground lamb
1/2 large onion (chopped)
2 medium potatoes  (chopped small)
1 clove chopped or crushed garlic

  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 T olive oil (I used Rosemary infused olive oil)

In a skillet over medium high heat, heat up oil and start browning potatoes. Add garlic and onion. 

Once everything starts cooking add all the spices. Once potatoes and onion starts to brown add ground lamb and cook thoroughly.

Serve and enjoy!
Now, you can make a Tzatziki sauce to serve over this but I did not have the ingredients to make it tonight. Here are the directions for that:

  • Ingredients:
  • 6 ounces plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced

Place the yogurt in a tea towel, gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Serve as a sauce for meal. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spicy Asian Basil Chicken (Beef or Turkey)

I've made this recipe a few times and it's really my take on Ka Pow chicken with ingredients I usually have in my kitchen. It actually does taste like a very mild version of Ka Pow. You can make this recipe with any meat - chicken, beef or even ground turkey.


1 lb meat of choice (chicken, beef or turkey)
1 clove fresh garlic
2 jalapeños
1/2 large onion
2-3 T basil
1 T ground black pepper
2 T olive oil
2-3 T Mirin
2 T soy sauce


In deep sauté pan heat olive oil and add chopped onion, garlic and chipped jalapeño pepper. When onion starts to brown, add Mirin, soy sauce, basil and pepper then add your meat. Cook over medium heat until meat is cooked through. Sometimes I do add more oil, Mirin or soy sauce if pan gets too dry.

Serve over rice.

It really is that easy and tastes good. You can adjust heat by adding more peppers or leaving seeds in the jalapeños (I usually remove mine)

You can also add other veggies if you wish. Sometimes I add some chopped cherry tomato. I also sometimes add some sesame seeds over the top for a little crunch.