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Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki Sauce

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki
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Jill bought me a new cookbook this weekend, Jessica Merchant ‘s Seriously Delish. Looks really good and she has a good point of view. She started out as a blogger and makes interesting but approachable food. www.howsweeteats.com . I am going to give a few a try this week. IMG_8927

Verdict in… great meal. It’s an cacophony of flavors. The chicken… mine turned out perfectly and by roasting the breasts in the marinade it concentrated the lemon into a really sweet and tangy flavor. I sliced the breast and put it back in the pan while I built my pita.

The jalapeno feta is great salty and spicy. Could make a great start to a dip by adding some extra cream cheese and jalapenos. The Tzatiki sauce tied it all together. The creamy cool cucumber and dill gave the chicken and jalapeno feta the hug they deserved. Opa!

Ingredients:
Chicken Marinade
2 chicken breasts
2 lemons juiced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbs of fresh minced Dill
¼ olive oil
1 tbs of Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbs of Honey
Kosher Salt and Pepper
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Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup of Greek yogurt
1 cucumber diced
1 garlic clove minced
1 tbs of Dill
1 tbs of olive oil
1 tbs of honey
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Jalapeno Feta
2 jalapenos
8 oz of Feta Cheese
2 tbs of Cream Cheese
1 head of roasted garlic
½ lemon juiced
Kosher salt and Pepper to taste
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Directions:
1. Marinate chicken overnight

2. Make the Tzatziki by combing the ingredients and stirring until well combined.

3. Roast a head of garlic by cutting off the top, top of olive oil and salt. Wrap in foil. Also put your jalapenos on foil and place in the oven at 350 for about 45mins. Put your jalapenos in bowl and cover with plastic to let them steam so that the waxy skin can be easily removed. Remove the seeds.

4. I like to roast my chicken so did it along with my garlic. 350 for about 45mins. Glass baking dish and I use all the marinade too.IMG_8931

5. Remove and cool. Make your Jalapeno Feta by combining in food processor until smooth.

6. Warm your pitas and cut the top off so you can stuff it with the cut chicken and sauces. You can add lettuce, red onion, olives, or cucumbers.
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Tequila Sangria Zinger Cocktail

Tequila Sangria Zinger Cocktail
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Bobby Flay made a similar cocktail that looked good and refreshing. He used hibiscus zinger tea but I went with Celestial’s Mixed Berry Zinger. This was fantastic due to all the fresh fruit paired with the tea and tequila. It wasn’t overly sweet and drinks like a lightly sweetened tea or margarita.

4 cocktails:
10 oz of blanco tequila
2 oz orange liquor
2 cups of Herbal tea
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
Fresh pineapple
Fresh mint
Lemon lime soda or seltzer

Take your lime, lemon and orange and slice a few slices and put them in a pitcher. Juice the remaining into the same pitcher. Make a batch of tea using 2 cups of boiling water and two tea bags. Steep for 6 mins or until the desired intensity. Ice the tea to cool it down and slightly dilute. Add your tequila and stir in the pitcher mashing up your fruit. We were going to top with seltzer but didn’t have room so we went plain.

Definitely made our rotation and I will experiment with different teas and liquors. Enjoy responsibly.

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Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Yesterday was national “Lemonade Day”. When life gives you lemons get lit on lemonade.
Disclaimer: Anyone under the age of 21 shouldn’t drink alcohol. That said when you are 21 you might give this one a try responsibly.

The thyme infused syrup was a nice touch.  I still struggle with ratios on stuff like this because I dont like it very sweet but my wife likes it on the sweeter side.  I think for me, I would try this ratio:  4 parts Whiskey 1 part lemon juice 1/2 part syrup.

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Ingredients

1.5 cup water and 1 cup turbinado to make simple syrup
10 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
12 oz bourbon
lemon slices
Fresh thyme sprig
Topped with Club soda

Directions
1 Make simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water and 10 sprigs of thyme to infuse the syrup. Let it cool.
2 In two tall glasses, combine thyme simple syrup, lemon juice, and whiskey; stir with wooden spoon.
3 To serve, pour lemonade over ice into cups, filling each half full. Top each with club soda. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

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