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Thu Mar 22, 2018

Greek-influenced Planked Zucchini Boats

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Greek-influenced Zucchini Boats

A few years back I received a set of grilling planks and took up this unique method of cooking directly on top of wood. I kept using that same batch of planks over and over again to make things like flounder with cilantro-lime butter, mustard-crusted pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and more, until the wood was so worn out it was rendered unusable. I've let planking fall to the wayside recently, but about a month ago, the folks at Wildwood Grilling sent me a care package filled to the brim with planks and wood wraps, and that ignited a stroke of new recipe ideas on how to use the subtle woodsy flavor planks impart, starting with these Greek-influenced planked zucchini boats.

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Tue Apr 12, 2016

Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber

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The spirit of warmer days and lighter eating led me to Vietnamese summer rolls last week, but it's really Greek food that I associate the most with this idyllic weather. Having spent a great deal of my life in a Greek heavy enclave of Queens, I found the bright, fresh flavors of Greek foods to be the perfect compliment to being outside on a pleasant, sunny day. Those flavors served as the influence for these eggplant spirals with yogurt, tomatoes, and cucumber that aren't a traditional Greek dish, but bring together a lot of what makes Greek food so fitting in this beautiful spring weather.

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Tue Oct 13, 2015

Grilled Kefalotyri Cheese

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Kefalotyri

It's a glorious time here in Durham—the rain has stopped, the mosquitos are gone, and I'm back to grilling in this beautiful weather. I made up for lost time this weekend and did some outdoor cooking on both days. On Saturday the locale was a co-worker's cookout, and while I wanted to add to the menu, I had to also carefully consider what I could bring that wouldn't interfere too much with the host's own grilling. This meant choosing items that could be done quickly and not take up too much space. I ultimately opted for a couple sets of skewers—Asian beef skewers and Thai beef rolls—but it got me thinking about other items that might fit the bill. In terms of ease of prep, time required to cook, and impressibility, this simple grilled kefalotyri would do outstandingly well.

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Tue Aug 11, 2015

Orange and Leek Loukaniko

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Loukaniko

One thing I'm missing from my old base of Astoria, Queens is all the great loukaniko. Now strictly speaking, loukaniko is a Greek term for pork sausage, but it most commonly refers to orange-spiced sausages, for which every restaurant in the neighborhood seems to have its own unique recipe. These variations span a spectrum of seasonings like fennel, coriander, oregano, thyme, and marjoram; some are made from pork, others lamb, and still others, a combination of the two. You'll find loukanika either fresh or cured, partially dried, or even, occasionally, smoked. But one common thread between all their magnificent iterations is that they're almost always grilled, usually until they develop a nicely charred, crispy casing.

With so many top-notch loukaniko choices around every corner, I never saw much point to making my own. But eventually, inspiration struck, and I became determined to make a sausage that would capture my favorite traits of the very best loukaniko sausages in Astoria. To kick things off, I took some cues from cook and writer Hank Shaw to get me started on the right path.

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Tue Jul 21, 2015

Mini Gyro Burgers

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Mini-gyro Burgers

I have to start out this post giving credit where credit is due—these mini-gyro burgers are a direct inspiration from MP Taverna in Astoria, Queens mixed with a Greek-America gyro loaf recipe devised by my editor at Serious Eats, Kenji. Although the translation of trying to make a really good gyro-inspired burger ended up being pretty direct, the road to it came with some learnings on building a small-scale burger for the grill, and striking just the right balance between this being able to be considered a burger, but still taste distinctly like a gyro.

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