Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Galettes a la Greque
Once again, I'm spending a lot of grocery money to use one ingredient I've grown. I did use the rest of the package of spinach I'd bought for the pizzas, the lettuce I had gotten last week for salad, and all of the crepe ingredients were pantry. So I bought a lamb chop, a container of yogurt, a cucumber, and hit the olive bar to pick out only pitted kalamatas and marinated feta cubes.
So far, I have roasted or fried all of my eggplants. It was nearly 100º on Sunday last week (look at the date of this post) and I couldn't bear to turn on the oven. So I decided to find out how they tasted stewed, then pan-fried the lamb chop after. I think I prefer roasted, but they weren't bad.
Oh, and for the lamb chop, I decided to get cute. You know on cooking shows how they rain down spices from about a foot above the pan, pinching them from a cute little portion cup? I did that. Aside from making me feel stupid, I don't think it made any difference. The meat was seasoned just the same as if I had rubbed it on.
Once again, this produced way too many dishes. I made the time to do a round before things got out of hand, and only had the soaking lamb skillet to finish in the morning.
1 batch galettes
1 C tzatziki sauce
8 large leaves red or green leaf lettuce
1 medium eggplant
4 oz spinach leaves
4 oz pitted kalamata olives
4 oz cubed or crumbled feta
1/2 lb lamb chop
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp black pepper
1. Prepare galettes and sauce and set aside until ready to use.
2. Dice eggplant into 1" cubes. Drizzle about 1 Tb olive oil into a medium skillet and heat on medium. Add eggplant and cook, covered, until eggplant is completely softened, at least half an hour. Stir periodically. Drop in spinach leaves and allow to wilt, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove veggies to a holding container.
3. Add a little more oil to the pan and turn up the heat to medium-high. Combine the four spices and rub all over the lamb chop. Pan-fry until medium done, about 4 minutes per side. Remove meat from pan and chop into bite-sized pieces, getting as much meat off the bone as possible if you bought a bone-in.
Difficulty rating :)