Roasted Garlic and Saffron Greek Yogurt Creamcheese Spread

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying spring.  Here’s the Greek yogurt cream cheese spread I mentioned in my previous post (most recent one).   I hope you’re a fan of garlic.  Yes, garlic!  I am.  I’ve been eating cloves of roasted garlic lately (yes, you can still talk to me and I won’t smell like garlic because I brush my teeth & gargle afterwards :D).  Just in case you missed my previous post, you can click here  to find out how I roast the garlic.  I have about 1 cup of roasted garlic in the fridge waiting for me to snack on 🙂   Anyway, without further a do.  Here it is.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cupful of roasted garlic plus more
  • 4 oz. Greek Yogurt cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Saffron flower sauce (get the recipe here)
  • 2 slices of multi-grain bread
  • a handful of Brocco sprouts

Directions:

  1.  In a medium bowl, combine the Greek cream cheese & saffron flower sauce and roasted garlic.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a spoon or a whisk, mix until well-combined.
  2. Spread about 1 -2 tablespoonful Greek yogurt cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread.  Layering in order by adding more roasted garlic on top, oven baked crusted tilapia, broccoli sprouts then the other slice of multi-grain bread or you can make your own combination using the roasted garlic and spread.
  3. Enjoy. 🙂

Alternative:  You can chopped the garlic then mix with Greek yogurt cream cheese and add herbs of your choice (besides rosemary) then season with salt and pepper to taste.  You have garlic & herbs yogurt cream cheese spread. 🙂

Easy right?  You have a nice, healthy sandwich for lunch or dinner. ❤

Tip:  Wondering how you can determine “fresh” garlic?  The bulb is intact (not separated like saying hello to the world) and the first layer of skin has a trace of purple in color and it’s flawlessly attached to the stem and does not shred or peel easily when touched.   It’s quite firm when pressed.  If  it’s not purplish, just as long as it’s firm and intact, it’s good.  🙂

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Fresh Berry Tea Sandwiches (4th of July Tea Sandwiches)

Remember I mentioned my children and I like to munch on strawberries and Brie cheese for a snack?  Well, I’m still recuperating from  the flu and I didn’t feel like cooking anything and my children were demanding lunch.  I thought of grilled cheese with strawberries and blueberries, but it still involved cooking.  That is when I thought of making our favorite snack into sandwiches.   These sandwiches not only look good but they are also refreshing and nutritious.  It didn’t dawn on me until I took some pictures that these tea sandwiches had 4th of July colors; red, white, and blue!  That’s when these sandwiches earned its name, 4th of July Tea Sandwiches.   An excellent party food for children.

Ingredients:

  • white, wheat, rye, or any bread of your choice
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries, thinly sliced
  • Mild, Milky Brie Cheese, thinly cut
  • honey (optional)

Preparation Methods:

  • Layer the sandwich with honey, brie cheese, blueberries and strawberries, then brie cheese again.  This will keep the fruits in place even after cutting.
  • Trim the crust and cut into pieces.  Serve wrap with wax paper or as is.
  • Enjoy with your favorite tea or coffee.

An excellent variation to this sandwich is to grill it and you have a Fresh Berry Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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Cheesy Steak Sandwich

Everyone knows what a steak sandwich is.   One would immediately think it’s shredded beef seasoned and cooked with onions and bell peppers placed in between a hoagie roll with mayonnaise and cheese. However, so many think that it’s very complicated to make.  You have no idea how easy it is.

When it comes to making a steak sandwich, I’d rather prepare it at home rather than buying one.   I can’t eat steak, but I love a steak sandwich with lots of onions and bell peppers and smothered with cheese.  I dislike it when the cheese is just placed at the bottom or on top layer of the sandwich.

I have been preparing it this way for as long as I can remember; so cheesy and so appetizing you just want to devour it!   Mm-mm…good!

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Okay, let’s make it.  Prepare the ingredients.

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*Note:  Depending on the heat of your stove, cooking time may require adjustments.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag with four pieces of frozen shredded sirloin steak plus 1 piece ( available at Costco. )
  • 4 slices of Havarti cheese or Provolone cheese
  • 4 pieces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 hoagies rolls
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mayonnaise (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Heat a skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and add the shredded beef.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Cover and let cook for 7 minutes* or until the shredded beef sweats and turns brown.

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Remove the lid and separate the beef. Cover. Let cook for 2 minutes.

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Remove the lid.  Push the cooked shredded beef to the side of the skillet.

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Wipe the skillet with paper towels to remove excess fat.

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Turn down heat to medium and add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.*  Then, add the onions and bell peppers.

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Stir-fry for two minutes.  Cover and let cook for additional 2 minutes.*  Turn off heat.

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Add the cheese.

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Cover for 1minute or until cheese melts.

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I wish I took a picture, so i could show you how cheesy it was, but the cheese was melting so fast I didn’t want it to melt to a point where it will end up at the bottom of the pan.

Immediately, scoop the cooked shredded steak with melted cheese and place in between the hoagie roll with mayonnaise.

I bet you feel hungry just by looking at it.  I could see you salivating.  Okay, go make it to appease your hunger.  Enjoy!  🙂

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