All right, french fry fans, here’s Part 3 in the Fun French Fry subcategory of my series on 2012 Food Trends for the Home Cook! It’s got tons of flavor and loads of healthy veg so you can feel great about feeding it to your brood!
I based this recipe on three iconic Greek recipes: pastitsio, moussaka, and kleftiko. So, once again, this isn’t authentically Greek, but rather, a bastardized mishmash of what most of us know and love of Greek flavors. Don’t tell your yia-yia!
So, step one is to prepare your oven fries. Refer to this post for the method I like to use, but today, instead of sprinkling them with crab seasoning, we are going to use grated kefalotyri cheese (if we want to be really authentic), or parmesan/romano (if we just want to get real).
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 pound ground lamb
1 large onion
1 sweet red bell pepper
1/2 cup baby carrots
1 small eggplant, cubed
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
3 ounces tomato paste (1/2 small can)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
few handfuls fresh spinach leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
While your fries are in the oven gettin’ their groove on, heat the olive oil in a big pot over a medium flame. Add in the ground lamb and break it up with a wooden spoon.
While the meat is getting browned, coarsely chop your onion and pepper.
Add them into the pot along with the carrots, eggplant (I’m not using eggplant, it’s not my thang. I thumb my nose at the rules, that’s just the kinda badass I am.), bay leaves, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, rosemary, and salt and pep. Also grate in your garlic with a microplane, if you have one, if not just mince it up fine.
Top the fries with a heapin’ helpin’ of that freaky Greeky and sprinkle on the cheese! I’m using feta crumbles.
Click here for the Intro to the Series (2012 Food Trends for the Home Cook)
Click here for the First of the Series (Crabby Fries with Cheese)
Click here for the Second of the Series (French Onion Poutine/Disco Fries)
Click here for the Fourth of the Series (Buffalo French Fries)
Click here for the Fifth of the Series (Truffle Fries)