Month: April 2015

Poutine Potato Skins

Poutine Potato Skins

Poutine. If you have never had poutine, you must seek and consume this wonderful recipe from Quebec, Canada. Yes, our friends to the north created this recipe where you have twice cooked fries, topped with cheese curds, and smothered in a brown gravy. It’s bar […]

Roasted Whole Edamame

Roasted Whole Edamame

We recently got back from vacationing in California, visiting my sister-in-law and nieces. It was nice, to say the least, and as we did some hiking, beach time, etc, we decided to have the kids hang out the last night, while we went out for […]

Tzatziki Chicken Salad Sandwich

Tzatziki Chicken Salad Sandwich

While shopping this past week, I ended up buying a bunch of fresh dill. I’ve been wanting to incorporate dill into some of my recipes. Dill has this citrus, and maybe slightly sour aspect to it, and personally, I love it. I’ve tried growing it in my garden in the past, and it has never blossomed the way I wanted. I’ll admit that I have somewhat of a green thumb, but have failed when it comes to dill. Regardless, I can now get some fresh dill, and I’m fine with that.

So, I decided to make a batch of tzatziki sauce. If you have never had tzatziki sauce, well, it is a must! I made a batch, only to be used for my Grecian lamb and grilled cheese sandwich (It was amazing). However, I had plenty of leftover tzatziki sauce. It was last Sunday, and after looking in my refrigerator, I also noticed I had some leftover chicken that I had roasted the previous night. That’s when I thought of making a tzatziki chicken salad sandwich!

Tzatziki Chicken Salad Sandwich

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 2 slices of rustic French loaf, about 1/2 inch thick, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup tzatziki sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 thin slice of provolone cheese, optional

Ingredients for the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated using a microplane
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Make the tzatziki sauce by adding all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl, and stir to combine.

 

Mix all of the chicken salad ingredients, with the exception of the bread, into a small mixing bowl.

Tzatziki Chicken Salad Sandwich

Take one of your toasted pieces of bread, and add the thin slice of provolone cheese. Generously mound some of the chicken salad onto the bread.

Top with the remaining slice, and slice on the diagonal prior to serving.

As you typically think of using mayonnaise in a chicken salad sandwich, the tzatziki sauce gives this an awesome surprise. Personally, I think the sauce with the cucumbers, dill, garlic, and yogurt really make this a better sandwich. You let me know what you think, as I thought this was a real winner.

Hope you enjoy!

Grilled Flatbreads

Grilled Flatbreads

My in-laws wedding anniversary this past weekend. 46 years. Yep, 46. I think (such a guy not knowing) we have only been married for 14, but 46? Great stuff to say the least. As my wife wanted to plan to take them out for dinner, […]

Grecian Lamb and Tzatziki Grilled Cheese

Grecian Lamb and Tzatziki Grilled Cheese

Lately I have been thinking of grilled cheese sandwiches. The grilled cheese sandwich, just by itself, is pure comfort food. A couple slices of bread, some American cheese, and some butter is all you need to have thoughts of childhood, or to remove any stresses […]

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

We have been buying Eggo brand chocolate chip pancakes for years now. I have no idea why. My boys stopped eating them a few years ago for whatever reason, but my daughter is still in love with them. I think it is a habit when I go to the store, only to think that we are out of pancakes. This recently just stopped, however, as my coworker was talking about how he batches out a bunch of homemade pancakes every weekend and freezes them. Genius. I was now curious why I never stopped to think about doing that as after all I’ve made pancakes, and homemade waffles in the past. Now it was time to batch these out on a Sunday morning with my son.

This is not only a money saver, but you know what you are putting into the mix, and trust me (sorry Eggo), these are so much better.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • cooking spray or additional butter for your skillet
  • chocolate chips or blueberries, optional

Start by adding the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and give them a good mix. add the wet ingredients, and slowly stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. It’s OK to have small lumps. Let the mixture rest for about 5 minutes before ladling them onto a hot skillet.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes

Spray cooking spray, or use additional butter to lightly lube your skillet.

Ladle on about 1/2 cup of the buttermilk pancake mix onto the skillet. Top with chocolate chips if you desire (the demand was clear from my daughter). Cook for a few minutes, lifting up to check for a nice golden brown. Once golden, flip them over, and cook for another couple of minutes.

Remove, repeat, and serve.

If you are freezing them, lay the cooked pancakes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool, then stack them and place in a sealable bag.

When you are wanting to reheat, simply place three on a plate, and place in the microphone for about 60 seconds, or until heated through.

Hope you enjoy!