Monday, August 29, 2016

Sloppy Greek Pitas with Creamy Cucumber Relish

It’s that State Fair time of year here in Minnesota and with everything, but the kitchen sink, being deep-fried, dipped or drenched, I felt encouraged to create a hand-held sandwich with a healthier twist. 

It’s a healthier remake of the Sloppy Joe and has a Greek Mediterranean twist. 



Our Minnesota State Fair, like many, has some unique and creative food concoctions transformed on a stick, in a waffle, between a bun or beside a mountain of whipped cream. So, if these don't sit well with you, here is my fair food creation minus the grease bomb gut feeling or the sugar laden high.  

I have to admit, I got a little inspiration from my teenage son, who said not that long ago, that he didn't like Sloppy Joe's all that much. So, I changed things up and I give you the Greek Sloppy Pita!



Serves 4-6 Pita Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Meat Mixture
1 lb. ground chicken cooked 
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano - drain off the juice
1 Tbsp tomato paste (optional - I use for a thicker mixture)
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper or add a little more for a zip of spice
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Shake in some salt and pepper


Creamy Yogurt Cucumber Relish
2 cups diced cucumber (I prefer English or mini cucumbers)
1 Roma tomato diced
1/4 cup Crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt 
1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (I used lemon infused)
Lemon pepper to season
Pinch of sea salt

Preparation:


I mix all the ingredients of yogurt cucumber relish in a bowl and then set aside in the fridge to chill.




Next, to make the meat mixture, brown the ground chicken in a skillet to a crumbled texture.  Drain off any grease and place back into the skillet.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.  I use a fork to break-up any tomato chunks (this is optional).

Spoon meat mixture on a warm pita and top with the creamy cucumber relish. 




Sloppy is the name of the game here. If the zesty sloppy meat mix and the cool and creamy sauce isn't slathering down your hands, then you're not doing it right!

Of course, my taste tester in "Laurie's Test Kitchen" was my teenage son. Here's the tricky part...he doesn't like cucumber...he doesn't like tomato...he doesn't like Greek yogurt! 

But...he is a food tasting risk taker.  He was willing to give it a try.  

Friends he LOVED it and even had TWO! Try putting that on a stick and eating it!

Of course, you could enjoy this recipe at any time of the year, so maybe during state fair time, you'd rather venture with the deep-fried, dipped or drenched. 

I guess whatever makes your Merry-Go-Round! A little fair pun there!






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4 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! Adding this to the menu for next week.

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  2. Dinner tonight with some variations. Thank you.

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    1. Perfect! Take the idea and make it your own :)

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