Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Possibilities Are Endless

Have you ever noticed how many different kinds of food there are in the grocery store?  Have you ever just walked up and down the aisle and paid attention to the different things that you haven't tried?  There are hundreds, and that's just your neighborhood grocery store - that's not counting the specialty stores that focus on particular types of cuisine.  So so many different things to try.  I am very glad that I started this mission to try and prepare new and interesting recipes.  Today, I was feeling very generous and decided to make 3, that's right - 3 dishes that we had never tried.

For lunch, I prepared lamb burgers with  polenta chips

Lamb Burgers

1 lb ground lamb
1/2 cup chopped spinach
3 scallions finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

Mix all ingredients together. Form into patties (I chose to make miniature patties for slider type burgers, but regular size patties would be good too, I'm sure).  Broil on each side for 6 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

Polenta Chips

You can find prepared polenta in the healthy food section at your local grocery store. To make chips, cut the polenta into 1/2 inch slices. Grill on George Foreman Grill or something similar on each side until slightly crisp (times vary - just keep checking). You can also toast in a toaster oven if your prefer.

Mediterranean Pinwheels (

1 can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 lb prosciutto
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.  Separate or cut dough into 4 rectangles; place on lightly floured surface.  If using crescent dough, firmly press perforations to seal. Press or roll to form 8x5 inch rectangle.

Arrange 1/4 of prosciutto slices evenly over each rectangle.  In small bowl, mix cheese, pepper and oil.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over prosciutto on each rectangle.  Sprinkle with basil.

Starting at short side of each rectangle, roll up; seal long edges.  With serrated knife, cut each roll into 5 slices.  Place, cut side up, on cookie sheets.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheets.  Serve warm

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