Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers
Yield: Six Servings

Ingredients
2 Tbsp.      Greek Taverna Blend
2 Tbsp.      Water
2 Tbsp.      Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp.      Honey
1/4 Cup     Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup     Olive Oil

As Needed     6 Inch Skewers
1 Pint              Cherry Tomatoes
1 Bunch          Basil – Torn into 1 Inch Pieces
1 Log               Fresh Mozzarella – Sliced & Cut into Cubes
As Needed     Cracked Black Pepper

Procedure
1. Mix the Greek Taverna Blend and water together in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the Dijon mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar.
3. Whisk well.
4. While whisking, slowly add the oil until combined.
5. Set the dressing aside.
6. Prepare the skewers by adding a cube of fresh mozzarella, followed by a basil leaf, followed by a cherry tomato.
7. Drizzle a little of the balsamic vinaigrette over the the skewers.
8. Top with some fresh cracked black pepper.

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Tasting Tomorrow at the Orenco Station Farmer’s Market

Grilled Walla Walla Sweet Onions with Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and a Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette

Today I was inspired when traveling through Walla Walla Washington to make tomorrows tasting.  I picked up some sweet onions from a small stand alongside the road.  They were just picked a couple of days ago.

Ingredients
5 each    Walla Walla Sweet Onions – Sliced
3 Tbsp.  Olive Oil
1 Tbsp.   Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
5 each    Roma Tomatoes – Seeded & Diced
10 each  Leaves of Fresh Basil – Chopped
1/4 Cup  Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette (see Farmer’s Market Salad with Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette below)

Procedure
1. Heat a grill on high.
2. Season the onions with the olive oil and the Greek Taverna Blend.
3. Grill the onions until slightly charred.
4. Allow the onions to cool.
5. While the onions are cooling combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
6. When the onions are cool, toss in the tomato mixture and mix well.
7. Serve at room temperature.

Note
* This would be great served over steak, chicken, or fish.

Grilled Mediterranean Relish

Grilled Mediterranean Relish
Yield: 1 Quart

Ingredients
1/2 Bunch  Fresh Asparagus
1 each          Red Onion – Sliced
3 fl. oz.       Olive Oil
2 Tbsp.       Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
8 each         Roma Tomatoes – Seeded & Diced
2 each         Roasted Red Bell Peppers – Diced
4 oz.            Fresh Mozzarella – Diced
4 fl. oz.       Greek Balsamic Vinaigrette (see Farmer’s Market Salad with Greek Vinaigrette below)
4 each         Fresh Basil Leaves – Chiffonade

Procedure
1. Heat a grill to high.
2. Season the asparagus and red onion slices with olive oil and the Greek Taverna Blend.
3. Grill the asparagus and red onions until slightly charred.
4. While the asparagus and onions are cooling down toss the tomatoes, roasted peppers, and mozzarella in a bowl.
5. When the asparagus and onions are cool dice them and toss them into the bowl with the tomatoes.  Toss well.
6. Add the vinaigrette and mix well.
7. Garnish with the basil
8. Serve at room temperature.

Note:
* This relish will go well with chicken, fish, and pork.
* This also works well as a dip served with chips or topped on a salad.