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Not Your Regular Nachos: Stavros Nachos

Named for the Greek heir and playboy, Stavros Niarchos, this week's nacho creation is a delectable mix of Greek ingredients. I topped crispy pita with a spicy ground lamb mixture. Instead of using cheddar or Monterey jack, I used salty feta and creamy goat cheese. A "salsa" of fresh tomatoes and kalamata olives finished off the dish. Hot pepperoncinis replaced pickled jalapeños as a heat-inducing garnish.These nachos were insanely scrumptious. While munching, I couldn't help but wonder why more people don't make Greek nachos? They're to die for. Trust me, run to the grocery store, you must make these nachos! They'd be an excellent starter to a Mediterranean barbecue. For the recipe details,

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Stavros' Nachos

Stavros' Nachos

Stavros' Nachos

Ingredients

  1. 1 package pita bread
  2. 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste
  4. 2 cloves garlic, grated
  5. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  6. 3/4 lb ground lamb
  7. A pinch of cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  11. 1/2-1 cup beef stock, enough to moisten
  12. 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
  13. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  14. 1/2-1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  15. 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  16. 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  17. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  18. 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  19. 1/2 cup peppercini, seeded and chopped, or pepperoncini rings
  20. 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Slice the pita bread into triangular wedges and arrange on a sheet tray. Coat with olive oil and season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Toast in the oven until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add two tablespoons of the oil. Once hot, add the garlic and onion. Saute until veggies are soft about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the ground lamb, the cinnamon, the paprika, dried oregano, and the red pepper flakes. Break up the lamb with the back of a wooden spoon as it browns, about 6-8 minutes. Cook stirring occasionally for about four minutes. Add 1/4 cup of beef stock to keep moist (adding more if needed) and cook for about 5 minutes more. Stir in the fresh oregano.
  5. Top each pita chip with a little of the ground lamb mixture. Sprinkle both cheeses over the top, taking care to cover each chip with cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the chips are crispy.
  7. Meanwhile, make the salsa: combine the tomatoes and olives in a small bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the vinegars. Stir to combine.
  8. Remove the nachos from the oven and top with the salsa, peppercinis, and fresh parsley. Enjoy immediately.

Serves 2-4.


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Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
very clever :) these would be a great appetizer...
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
very clever :) these would be a great appetizer...
emalove emalove 8 years
I hate lamb, but other than that, they sound pretty tasty.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I just Googled Stavros - Yum you're a genius!! Open that nachos place today - you'd do fantastic.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Winner!! Love the twist.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Winner!! Love the twist.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Those look amazing!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Those look amazing!
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
Those look DELICIOUS! I'm definitely going to have to try them! Hopefully the bf will eat them too since it's lamb (he doesn't eat red meat but occasionally and he does like lamb.) Otherwise I'll just have to leave the meat off of his plate.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
:rotfl: at the name! These look delicious!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
:rotfl: at the name! These look delicious!
nomadreader nomadreader 8 years
These look and sound amazing! I eat far too many options, but I love the Greek twist on it.
cupcake345 cupcake345 8 years
These sound amazing and I believe I will have to try them soon! Another thought for the meat might be chopping up gyro meat and using that---just an idea.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
:drool:
JennaV JennaV 8 years
:drool:
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
that looks really good! but i don't like olives (but i love olive oil) and jalapenos :(
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Yum, You really do need to open up that nacho shop! Seriously! :)
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Yum,You really do need to open up that nacho shop! Seriously! :)
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
These sound AMAZING!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
These sound AMAZING!
dameneko dameneko 8 years
OMG, this sounds a like a recipe from a gossip blog! i could see MK from dlisted making these. love the name, and it does sound tasty! love fresh oregano... celebudude-inspired party food is the hottness. what if there was a whole seried of celeb/tabloid-inspired treats? to start, brit-brit would be a cheeto soufflé, shia le beouf would be meat in a douche (vinegar and water) sauce, and donald trump's hair would be some misshapen meringues. oh, the possibilities!
dameneko dameneko 8 years
OMG, this sounds a like a recipe from a gossip blog! i could see MK from dlisted making these.love the name, and it does sound tasty! love fresh oregano...celebudude-inspired party food is the hottness.what if there was a whole seried of celeb/tabloid-inspired treats? to start, brit-brit would be a cheeto soufflé, shia le beouf would be meat in a douche (vinegar and water) sauce, and donald trump's hair would be some misshapen meringues. oh, the possibilities!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
yummm
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
yummm
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
cute.
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