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SEARED GREEK LAMB WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE (episode S2 E39)
PREP TIME: 15 minutes plus standing
COOKING TIME: about 25 minutes
2 1/2 pounds butterflied leg of lamb (deboned)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, sliced
ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE
2 jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained and patted dry with paper towels
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch Aleppo pepper
1/4 cup grated kefalograviera cheese (optional)
1. Rinse lamb and pat dry. Place in a large casserole dish or roasting pan.
2. Make marinade: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub all over the lamb, covering all sides. Make small slits in the meat and stuff with garlic slices. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
3. Heat grill or grill pan and place lamb, fat side down, on grill. Cook 10 minutes per side for medium-rare (12 minutes per side for medium, 14 minutes per side for well-done). Transfer to a warmed plate, cover loosely with foil, and let rest 10 minutes before cutting.
4. Meanwhile, make Roasted Red Pepper Sauce: In a food processor, add the roasted peppers, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the Aleppo pepper. Puree until smooth. Cover and set aside. (Can be made ahead. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature.)
5. Slice the lamb against the grain (like a steak). Drizzle the sauce over the center of the lamb and sprinkle with the kefalograviera cheese (if using). Serve immediately.
CLASSIC GREEK LEMON-OREGANO ROASTED POTATOES (episode 121)
KOUZINA TIP: Refrigerated leftover potatoes are never as moist as when they’re fresh from the oven. Yukon Gold potatoes are the less starchy option, resembling the Greek variety, so they don’t dry out in the refrigerator. Russet potatoes are great if you’re not saving leftovers.
PREP TIME 15 minutes
BAKING TIME 1 hour
MAKES 6 to 8 servings
3 pounds Yukon gold or russet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried Greek oregano
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup chicken broth
Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnish
1. Heat oven to 375°F and arrange rack in center. In a large roasting pan, toss together the potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper until the potatoes are coated and all the ingredients are combined well. Add the broth to the pan, taking care not to rinse the seasoning off the potatoes.
2. Roast about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until the potatoes are golden, the edges are crisp, and they’re fork tender. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
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ABOUT Kukla’s Kouzina Flippin’ Greek! ™
Flippin’ Greek! ™ is our new cooking series on YouTube and the next exciting chapter in our kouzina. Every Monday we flip a familiar non-Greek recipe to Greek-island style using ingredients and cooking techniques found in Karpathos. Each episode runs 2 to 15 minutes, the perfect length for us to quickly show you how to recreate foods and beverages/cocktails right alongside us.
The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipes for each week will be posted right here on our blog with links to the episodes.
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