Friday, October 10, 2008

Greek Style Orzo with Tomatoes

Do you like orzo, feta, tomatoes, and dill? If the answer is yes, then definitely try this recipe stolen from once again. I loved this dish because it was super simple to make and I wound up with a lot of leftovers!

3 Tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Chopped Dill
1 tsp grated Lemon Zest
1 cup Orzo
1 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta (6 oz) (I bought an exact 6 oz plastic tub of this at Trader Joe's)

Toss together oil, tomatoes, dill, and lemon zest in a large bowl. By the way an easy way to zest a lemon is to take a vegetable peeler and peel some skin off of a lemon. Then mince. 1 tsp of zest is easy to get from just peeling it a few times. Add a little pepper and a tiny bit of salt to your mix. (The feta is pretty salty so you want to make sure you don't add too much salt.) Let sit after stirring.

Meanwhile, boil salted water and cook orzo. Drain. Add to the above bowl mix. Stir vigorously. Add feta. Stir once more. Add additional salt or pepper if necessary. But only after you taste test it!

Simple and good!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus with Parmesan

Another stolen recipe from Although quick, this recipe does take a little time to cook in the oven. But it's totally worth it! All I have to say is: YUM!

1 pound of Asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 Tbs of Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) - they sell tubs of these already grated at Trader Joe's

Preheat oven at 450ºF using middle or lower rack.

Toss together cut asparagus, potatoes, oil and sprinkled salt and pepper about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp in a large shallow baking pan. Spread evenly. Roast stirring once after 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and roast until cheese has melted. About a minute or so.

I accidentally placed my pan on the top rack for almost 15 minutes. It really depends on your oven. I have a powerful gas oven which I had preheated, so it cooked pretty quickly.