Greek Baked Ziti Recipe

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Greek Baked Ziti

I was looking for a casserole recipe that was a little different and I came across this Greek Baked Ziti Recipe. There is a little bit of prep time involved but it is well worth the effort. The recipe is layered with a creamy cheese sauce mixed into the Ziti at the bottom of the dish which gives this casserole a unique texture. The addition of the cinnamon make me a little nervous because I thought that seasoning may dominate the dish – but there is just enough so you just get a light hint of the cinnamon.

If you’re looking for a one dish meal that’s a little different give this one a try, it’s really good; my wife loved it! This is a large recipe and would be great for a pot luck, or graduation party dish.

Greek Baked Ziti Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces – 2 cups)
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for firm; drain. (I like to sprinkle and mix in a little olive oil to keep the pasta from taking on a dry look while it’s sitting)
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook onion until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the burger to the onion mixture and cook burger until no longer pink inside – stirring and breaking up the burger as you cook; drain any excess fat. Stir in the tomato sauce and lemon juice and then season with oregano, sugar, cinnamon, and one teaspoon of salt; cook until heated through. (About 2 minutes)
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk – bring the mixture to a high simmer and cook until mixture has thickened and is bubbly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix the cheese sauce into the Ziti and place the mixture over bottom of the casserole dish. Layer the meat mixture over the top of the Ziti and top with the mozzarella cheese, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is hot and bubbly.
  6. Let casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from MyRecipes

Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe

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Greek Style Baked Fish RecipeFat Tuesday today, Ash Wednesday this Wednesday the 13th, and with an early Easter this year Lent is here already. This should be a sign the winter is going by fast, but for me, it is not. I can’t wait to get this winter over with. My heart goes out to the people in the North East. How bad can it get? They started the year recovering from Hurricane Sandy and are now in the process of recovering from a record snow storm. I wish them the best and hope things come around for them for the rest of 2013.

This Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe caught my eye because it was a little different then the baked fish recipes I usually make. Instead of the fish fillets being rolled, or dipped in bread crumbs they are laid on them, and then more breadcrumbs are sprinkled over the top after the sauce and spices have been spooned over the fillets. When you look at the cooking time for this recipe you might think 40 minutes is a long time for fish; but it is not. Let the fish cook until the breadcrumbs brown nicely, and it should be perfect. This Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe is a simple recipe that doesn’t require much prep time and we really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a good fish recipe to kick of the Easter season give this one a try. Enjoy.

Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs (divided)
  • 2 pounds fish fillets (I used tilapia; any kind of white fish would be good such as cod or haddock)
  • 2 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Pour ¼ cup olive oil into the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish (tilt the dish around to evenly distribute the oil). Sprinkle ½ cup of the bread crumbs over the bottom.
  3. Distribute the fillets in a single layer on top of the bread crumbs and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Spoon the lemon juice over the top of the fish.
  4. In a medium size bowl mix together ½ cup olive oil, tomato sauce, parsley, wine, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Spoon the mixture evenly over the fillets and top with the remaining bread crumbs.
  5. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Note: Instead of a 13 x 9 baking dish I divided the recipe up into 9 inch glass pie dishes.

 

Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe

Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe Greek Style Baked Fish Recipe

Greek Style Baked Fish