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El-Jaro El-Jaro
So, I'm trying to recreate a recipe I had about 2 1/2 years ago...once.

Ground Italian sausage
Feta
sliced black olives
topped with diced tomatoes.

I think it was served over risotto. When I made it this time, I used rotini pasta instead and had to use butter and 1/2 and 1/2 to help melt the feta (which I didn't have enough of and added provolone/mozz. shredded mix).

Next time, I'm melting the feta first.

Seasonings:
Onion powder, garlic salt, fresh (from freezer) lemon dill.

Ideas?
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Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
So, I'm trying to recreate a recipe I had about 2 1/2 years ago...once.

Ground Italian sausage
Feta
sliced black olives
topped with diced tomatoes.

I think it was served over risotto. When I made it this time, I used ...
Can you supply more of the recipe? Like is it baked, cooked separately and assemble? And what in particular did you not like that you're trying to improve. And as a general rule, bacon makes every recipe better.
09/14/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Can you supply more of the recipe? Like is it baked, cooked separately and assemble? And what in particular did you not like that you're trying to improve. And as a general rule, bacon makes every recipe better.
Prepared separately on a stove top.

Just general suggestions would work for me. I don't really measure things in recipes, just eyeball it.
09/14/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'd prefer real onions and garlic, but that's me.

Olive oil to give it a coating and blend the flavors better is all I can offer.
09/14/2012
js250 js250
A touch of cream cheese helps the feta melt!!

Whenever I have a recipe calling for sausage and feta, or greek seasonings, I puree a cucumber add ranch dressing mix to it and some sour cream. This is a refreshing topping that resembles the -can't spell it- greek sauces for gyros and is very complimentary.
09/14/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
A touch of cream cheese helps the feta melt!!

Whenever I have a recipe calling for sausage and feta, or greek seasonings, I puree a cucumber add ranch dressing mix to it and some sour cream. This is a refreshing topping that resembles the ...
tziki? something like that.

If I browned the onions and garlic with the sausage, that could work.

Cream cheese...good idea! I have to be careful with creams and oils, my stomach doesn't like it that much.

I can't recommend lemon dill enough. The stuff is amazing!
09/14/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
A touch of cream cheese helps the feta melt!!

Whenever I have a recipe calling for sausage and feta, or greek seasonings, I puree a cucumber add ranch dressing mix to it and some sour cream. This is a refreshing topping that resembles the ...
Tzatziki, which I think is basically cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, and dill. It's a nice cooling contrast to the spices in Greek food.

If you're serving it over pasta, you could try to make the pasta into a Greek macaroni and cheese. Make a simple bechamel sauce and add in the feta and whatever other cheese you like. Then mix that with the pasta, sausage, and olives.

You could embellish as Chilipepper mentioned above by using fresh sauteed onions, garlic, peppers, etc. And you could try replacing the fresh tomatoes with sun dried. For a more casual meal or lunch, you could serve it on a roll like a Philly cheese steak. There are lots of potential ways to play around with the recipe.
09/14/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I like the creaminess of the feta melted with the spicy flavours of the sausage with the black olives and tomatoes to add a bit of acid to cut through the creamy.

Good ideas! I wasn't thinking about crossing the Aegean, but it could work.
09/14/2012
Pixel Pixel
Ooh. That mix of ingredients sounds like they would taste fabulous when stuffed into mushroom caps and baked. *drools*
09/14/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Pixel
Ooh. That mix of ingredients sounds like they would taste fabulous when stuffed into mushroom caps and baked. *drools*
PIXEL WINS!
09/14/2012
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