The Blog-O-Sphere has done an amazing thing for those of us who enjoy cooking, trying out new recipes and most importantly consuming those new recipes!
Granted, there have always been great cookbooks out there and an array of wonderful food publications. But here on the world-wide-web it’s free, and these days that’s a pretty big selling point.
But I’m not talking so much about mere recipe websites but actual food blogs, where bloggers will actually write about the dish and subsequent recipe. Sometimes it’s a story about the day that led up to the meal, or the inspiration behind the dish and other times its childhood memories of times when that same meal was an plate before them on a dinner table long ago.
So while these bloggers often capture their recipes with pictures which no doubt draws me in, I find it’s usually the story that sells me on the dish.
Recently while browsing the amazing world of food blogs for some new dinner ideas I discovered a great food blog called Can You Stay For Dinner. The writer has a warm, comfortable and witty tone and sometimes even appears to be having tiny little conversations with herself, which I can totally relate to.
She too has a Sweetie, named Daniel, who partakes in the consuming stage of her culinary adventures, which I can also relate to.
Her writing is free of stuffy food connoisseur terminology which keeps us more modest foodies reading (and awake). The food all looks amazing and when you scroll down to find out how to make it – you find the best part… it’s easy… like super duper easy… like I’m making this tomorrow night! Easy.
And as a lover of anything that involves flatbread, feta and yogurt I was sold by the recipe below.
Lemon Chicken Gyros with Ghetto Tzatziki and Feta
Inspired by Can You Stay For Dinner?
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ c. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp minced fresh dill
- 2 whole wheat flat breads
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 c. spinach or chopped lettuce
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oregano, thyme, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add the chicken, toss to coat, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Remove the chicken from the bowl and saute for about 5 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Mix well and you’ve got a quick and easy (ghetto) Tzatziki.
Spread a thick smear of this homemade Tzatziki sauce onto a warmed flatbread, followed by baby spinach or lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese.
If this recipe is a taste of what’s to come from this blog (and what’s already posted), you can trust I will be visiting this site in the very near future for ideas on what to make for Sweets and I.
And while of course I always want to encourage you to visit Sweetie & The Kitchen first, maybe next time you’re in a dinner rut check out CanYouStayForDinner.com.
I’m happy to share the traffic love all in the name of both good food and a great story.
Wine Pairing: A light zesty white such as a Gruner Veltliner like the Berger Gruner Veltliner from Austria or a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc like Cloudy Bay Sauvignon blanc. The acid in these wines will make this chicken dish pop and pair nicely with the creaminess of the yogurt sauce.