Chicken Feta Tostadas

 

Chicken Feta Tostadas

Chicken Feta Tostadas are baked tortillas topped with chicken, feta cheese and other ingredients that have been marinated in red wine vinegar and olive oil before being added to the tortillas. The other ingredients include chopped Roma tomatoes, chopped parsley and chopped black olives. Chicken Feta Tostadas give a fresh Greek twist to Mexican tortillas!

Immersing food in a marinade for a period of time is a great way to give food a flavor boost. In the recipe for Chicken Feta Tostadas the marinade is red wine vinegar (an acid), olive oil and spices. For more on marinades you may wish to read my post on Marinades as Flavor Intensifiers at http://www.silverfoodie.com/2015/07/25/marinades-as-flavor-intensifiers/.

The Lunch Doldrums


I must confess that I have recently had “menu fatigue” in regards to lunch. Too often we have sandwiches with the same fillings: ham and cheese, egg salad, sliced turkey and cheese, chicken salad, tuna salad, BLT’s, grilled cheese, pimento cheese and REPEAT! Not that there’s anything wrong with any of these sandwiches but I just get tired of the same things and desire something new. This summer I’ve decided to expand my lunch menu rotation to include something other than sandwiches and perhaps cure my case of “menu fatigue.”

Supper (or dinner depending on where you live) is a different story. I often try new dishes at our evening meal. But I definitely need to escape from the “comfort zone” of sandwiches and add some new dishes to the noon meal plan!

The Recipe for Chicken Feta Tostadas

Chicken Feta Tostadas
Serves 4
A baked tortilla topped with feta cheese, chicken, and marinated tomatoes, parsley and black olives.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 pound Roma (plum) tomatoes
  2. 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  3. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  4. 1 pound roasted chicken (boneless)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  8. 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing tortillas
  9. 8 small or 4 large flour tortillas
  10. 1/2 pound feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, parsley, chicken, salt, pepper, vinegar and 3 tablespoons oil.
  3. Brush the tortillas on both sides with oil and then put them on baking sheets, overlapping if necessary.
  4. Bake the tortillas until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the tortillas and brown the other side, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  5. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and top each tortilla with an equal amount of feta cheese. Return the baking sheets to the oven; cook until the cheese is just melting, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Top the tortillas with the chicken mixture.
Notes
  1. A fruit salad or fresh fruit would be an easy and complementary accompaniment.
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
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 Additional Comments

If you’re short on time, use rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store. For this recipe, I cooked the chicken quickly by first cutting several chicken breasts into cubes, sprinkling them with some spices (cumin, garlic salt and Montreal steak seasoning) and cooking them in my stovetop grill pan, which I use frequently.

The chicken for the Chicken Feta Tostadas could be grilled outdoors, roasted or stewed. The chicken may be shredded also. I didn’t shred the chicken since it was already cut in small cubes.

I used a pizza cutter to cut the Chicken Feta Tostadas into 4 pieces for serving. Large “Burrito-sized” tortillas were used in this recipe but use the size you wish. A small tortilla would probably be easier for a child to manage and eat.

A menu suggestion to complement the Chicken Feta Tostadas would be to serve fresh fruit or fruit salad as an accompaniment.

Try something new for lunch soon – especially if you’re in the “Lunch Doldrums” like me!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Sweet Potato Pancakes – A Savory Side Dish

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes are savory pancakes that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper, depending on what other foods you serve with them! Grated sweet potatoes and onions are mixed with eggs, flour, orange juice and zest and spiced with cardamom. Sweet Potato Pancakes are topped with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce, just like potato pancakes (latkes) are served. Of course you can use whatever you like for toppings, too!

The Recipe

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Serves 6
A savory side dish that would well accompany meat or poultry. Grated sweet potato and onions are mixed with eggs, flour, orange juice and cardamom.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups coarsely grated sweet potatoes or yams
  2. 1/2 cup grated onion
  3. 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
  4. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon orange zest
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cardamom
  7. Dash black pepper
  8. 4 eggs, beaten
  9. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet until it is very hot.
  3. Use a spoon to form thin pancakes, patting the batter down.
  4. Fry on both sides until brown, adding small amounts of additional oil, as needed.
  5. Serve hot with toppings.
Notes
  1. Suggested Toppings: applesauce, sour cream
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Additional Information

The sweet potatoes or yams may be grated on a box cutter or by a food processor. All ingredients are combined in a bowl and mixed well before spooning the batter into a skillet (I used a griddle).


The Sweet Potato Pancakes are smoothed down so that they are of a consistent thickness. Cook on one side until lightly browned.

Flip the pancakes to the other side and cook until nicely browned. Serve hot with desired toppings.

Cardamom and Sweet Potatoes

I really enjoy the flavor of cardamom, a spice which is made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom is often used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian cuisines. If you’ve had chai tea, you’ve probably had cardamom, which is usually a component of chai tea. Cardamom is also in the blend of spices that make up garam masala, which is used extensively in Indian cooking. Cardamom has a fragrant aroma of lemon and mint.

Medicinally cardamom contains elements that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and increases the movement of food through the intestines. It’s used as a flavoring and a basis for medicinal preparations for indigestion.

Sweet potatoes contain some great nutrients such as beta carotene, Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating nutrients. Beta carotene is a strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is a well-known antioxidant and eating a diet rich in beta carotene is an excellent health recommendation.

These two ingredients in Sweet Potato Pancakes are definitely healthy to eat!

Parting Comments

Did you catch my other recipes containing sweet potatoes? If not, check out these recipes: Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Patties, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas, and Sweet Potato Casserole.

I’ll be featuring another recipe made with cardamom soon so watch for Cardamom Banana Muffins.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas make a nice lunch or snack that is relatively quick and easy to prepare. Without meat, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are great for “Meatless Mondays” or any day that you would like to skip the meat! As I discussed in a … Continue reading →