If you are from the DC area, then you have heard of Cava Mezze Grill. It's like the Chipotle of Mediterranean food and it is SO good. I say that having heard about it a million times, but having only been there once. However, once was enough to inspire me to make it myself and bring it for lunch every. single. day. last week.
I made some of this from scratch and some is store bought. It looks like a lot of work, but the whole thing took me maybe 30 minutes and when I was finished I had assembled 5 lunches and had dinner ready for myself that evening. It was so good
I am a "I like this and this, let's put them together" type of chef. I cook "to taste" like my Oma does, so it's hard to give a recipe to the exact ingredients of what I do, unless I bake. So, below I've attempted to give you my "recipe" for my fabulous Mediterranean meal. I'm already drooling.
Here's what I did:
A mix of spinach and arugula topped with:
Italian Parsley (important)
a sprig of mint (important) from my Gleaming Garden
Fresh Basil (important) from my Gleaming Garden
Fresh dill (if you want)
Make it if you want to, but I got my favorite garlic hummus by Sabra.
1 pound of lean ground beef
Garlic salt and black pepper to taste
TBS or so of chopped garlic (Fresh if you want, I get it like this.)
Some fresh dill if you want and other Mediterranean seasonings if you want.
(as you can see I do everything "to taste")
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients with the meat. Mush it really well to mix all the flavors.
Take TBS sizes and roll them into balls.
Place on a cookie sheet and cook for about 15 minutes.
I based what I did off of this recipe, but didn't measure anything. Basically I threw the following things in a bowl, stirred, and let them marinate together overnight:
Plain yogurt (about a cup plus a little)
1 cucumber chopped relatively small. I kept the seeds because I didn't really care enough to take them out.
2 (ish) TBS of Olive Oil
Lemon juice from a bottle. I guesstimated the amount of half a squeezed lemon.
Salt and pepper to taste
Ripped off a bunch of fresh dill, tore it into tiny pieces, and dropped it in (I used extra in the dressing, meatballs and actual salad)
2 spoonfuls of chopped garlic
In a small, air tight container I put some:
Olive Oil (1 part)
Lemon juice (2 parts)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
A spoonful of chopped garlic
Some fresh dill
Shake it up and pour it on your salad when you're ready to eat.
**Note: I kept the Tzatziki, hummus and dressing in separate containers and added them to my salad, and re-heated the meatballs, right before I sat down to eat.
Let me know what you think!