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Appetizers Recipes Sides

Rustic Greek Flatbread

 

The other day, I was in the mood for something salty, tangy and warm for lunch.  This seemed to fit the bill perfectly!  As most of you know, I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.  I always have one of their rustic ciabatta flatbreads on hand.  They are so versatile.  Like a Boboli, they are seasoned to perfection and can morph into many things from pizza to a savory tart in no time.

Ingredients:
1 rustic ciabatta flatbread
1/2 cup of olive tapenade
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup of capers
1/4 cup of kalamata olives
1/2 cup of sliced tomatoes
pepper to taste

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the flat bread on a large baking sheet.  Just as you would make a pizza, spread the olive tapenade onto the flat bread.  Layer on the tomatoes.  Sprinkle with olives, capers and feta cheese.

Bake approximately 10-15 minutes until the flatbread crisps a bit and the feta begins to turn a golden brown.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

Main Dishes Recipes

Crock Pot Ratatouille

Yesterday, we decided to go apple picking.  Since we had a bunch of squash, eggplants and tomatoes, it seemed like an easy solution to dinner to make our crock pot ratatouille.  This is a very easy satisfying recipe.  When completely cooked it is like a vegetable stew.  We serve it over rice or pasta with crusty bread.  Last night, I fried up a few sausages per the kids request as a side.

Appetizers Recipes Sides

Tomato and Cucumber Relish

Arugula dressed with relish and feta cheese

If you are like us, you now have an abundance of cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden. One thing that I like to do is make this relish.  It is so quick to make, versatile and delicious.  We use the relish in many ways including:

As a side dish
Place it on top of a bed of mixed greens sprinkle it with feta cheese and make a salad.
Use it on sandwiches
Serve it with fresh crusty bread
Use this instead of salsa with tortilla chips
Toss with fresh pasta-serve hot or as a cold pasta salad
Add a generous spoonful to the top of grilled meats prior to serving

The best part is that it takes no more than ten minutes to create!

Ingredients:

Three medium tomatoes-diced
1 cucumber cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp of fresh basil cut as chiffonade
2 tbsp capers
3 tbsp diced kalamata olives
drizzle of your favorite balsamic vinegar
drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste


Preparation: 

Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, basil, olives, and capers in a medium sized bowl.  Drizzle the vinegar and oil over the top.  Add salt and pepper (don’t skimp on this one) and mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for up to four days.(but it probably will not even last that long once you try it).

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest