Archive | November, 2010

Chicken Balls

24 Nov

Chicken Balls

  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken (ground pork also works well)
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of bread soaked in milk for about 5 minutes; afterwards, drain excess milk and then mash the bread
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste (about 1 tsp each)

Combine all the above ingredients together.  (The bread and milk mixture seems a little odd in this recipe but it’s what makes the chicken balls moist and tender.) Form balls about one inch in diameter. Try to make each chicken ball the same size so that they all cook at the same time. An easy and fast way to form the ball shape is to use the palm of your hands and roll in a circular motion.

Heat a pan on high, then add in enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Place the chicken balls into the pan. After about two minutes (or the bottoms of the chicken balls are golden brown), turn the chicken balls over and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken balls to an oven-safe baking dish. Place in a preheated oven at 400°C and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool for a few minutes before serving.

This recipe makes about two dozen chicken balls.

Casa Greek

2 Nov

Casa Greek is located at 350 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Casa Greek is a casual fine dining restaurant located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.  It is decorated in the traditional white and blue colours of Greece and even the ceiling is sponge painted a soft sky blue.

The menu offers many traditional Greek dishes. Appetizers include tzatziki with pita, dolmades, spanakopita and saganaki. Entrees include a gryo dinner, a souvlaki dinner and moussaka.  The menu also offers a 2 person dinner platter which includes a little of everything from the traditional Greek entrees. For dessert, the popular pastry baklava is also available.

Chicken Souvlaki With a Greek Salad, Potatoes and Rice, $12.99

When I am at Casa Greek, I often order the chicken souvlaki.  This dish comes with two chicken souvlaki skewers, potatoes, tzatziki sauce, rice and a Greek salad.  Each item tastes fresh and homemade, and the portions are satisfying. From Sunday to Thursday, all soulvaki dinners are $9.95.

Gyro Dinner with Greek Salad and Potatoes, $11.99

Other favourites are the gyro dinner and moussaka which come with sides such as a Greek salad, potatoes, tzatziki sauce and rice.

If you’re in the mood for Greek and also a casual and quiet sit-down meal, Casa Greek is a good choice.  The prices are quite reasonable and the portions are tasty and filling.