Greek Cooking Class and Olive Oil Tasting: Ingredient List

Ingredient List


Makes approx: 2 cups

1/2 seedless English cucumber
1 Tbsp sea salt
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
6 large fresh mint leaves, stems discarded, plus 1 for garnish
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Sea salt and cracked black pepper

Chicken And Apricot Pie

Makes 4 lg ramekins 

½ cup dried pearl barley
6-8 dried apricots (regular apricots not Turkish)
6 whole cloves
2 cups chicken stock
1 small yellow onion
2 Tbsp Lemon fused olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground allspice 
½ lb ground chicken
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (store-bought)
2 Tbsp Apricot white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
½ tsp cracked black pepper
10 sheets phyllo pastry

Stewed Cherries

Makes 4 cups

1/2 cup Cherry dark balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup  water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
6 whole green cardamom pods
1 tsp whole white peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 long pepper*
1 whole star anise
3 cups fresh pitted or frozen sweet cherries

*Long peppers taste a little like cinnamon and nutmeg and white pepper combined, and look like tiny pinecones.  They are available in most spice stores.

Utensil List

Small mixing bowl
Small heavy-bottomed saucepan
1 med size fry pan
Basting brush
small dish to hold olive oil for basting phyllo sheets
1 Lg saucepan (for cooking cherries)
4 lg ramekins or 1 8" pie plate
Baking pan

What to prep in advance:

Rinse your barley well and add it to your small heavy-bottomed saucepan and place on med-high heat.  Finely chop the apricots and add them to the barley, along with the cloves.  Pour in the stock, cover, and bring to a rolling boil.  Turn down the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, until the barley is tender but still meaty in texture.  Turn off mixture and remove the whole cloves.

Make sure your phyllo pastry is thawed, but DO NOT unwrap your phyllo, it will dry out very quickly.
Wash and trim your herbs
Have all your ingredients "mise en place", this means measured out ready to go.