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Greek Nachos!

First of all, sorry for the hiatus.  My excuse is that I was pregnant and pregnancy nausea meant that I ate a lot of soda crackers and not much else…  And now I have a baby (one that cries) so I can’t promise I’ll be making a ton of food from scratch anytime soon.  Oh, and I don’t have a kitchen, which also poses a problem.

Let me explain.  The husband and I moved to Canada a few months ago.  We are living in a basement suite that currently does not include a kitchen.  Luckily, there is a kitchen available to us upstairs in the main house, but it just isn’t the same.

Anyways… that’s enough of a recap.  Yesterday, I watched “The Next Iron Chef” (maybe that’s not what the show’s called…) and chef Robert Irving made a ‘hotburg’ where he ground up hotdogs and mixed them in with ground meat to make a hamburger.  Yuck, right?  Well Alton Brown didn’t think so.  Robert said that nobody had mixed hotdogs and hamburgers in this way before, and Alton exclaimed “Well if they’re not, they should!” And that’s pretty much how I feel about last night’s dinner: Greek Nachos.

Greek Nachos, basic gyro ingredients in Nacho form, was something I came across on Pinterest (which if you have never checked out, you should).  And. It’s. Delicious.

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Greek Nachos:

Pita Chips:

– Pita bread (or other type of flat bread.  You don’t need the opening in the middle) cut into triangles and torn in half

– Olive oil

– Parmesan Cheese

– Parsley

– Cumin

– Salt

Preheat the oven to 350.  Drizzle the Pita pieces in oil and then lay them out on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with cheese, parsley, cumin and salt.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until crispy.

Meat:

– 1 lb ground lamb (or beef)

– 1 tbsp cumin

– 2 gloves of garlic, minced

– salt

– Juice of one lemon

In a saucepan, cook the ground meat until no longer red.  Add in the minced garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and salt to taste.  Continue cooking until meat is browned.

Tzatziki Sauce:

– 2 cups plain Greek yogurt

– 2 tbsp dill

– 1/2 a cucumber, grated (squeeze out the excess water if you are making the sauce significantly ahead of time, if you are going to use it all right away, it won’t matter)

– 2 gloves of garlic, minced

– Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

To make the nachos:

Layer the pita chips, meat, sauce, chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, and feta cheese.  While they don’t stick together with the cheddar cheese of traditional nachos and you will probably resort to eating them with a fork, they are delicious (and easy enough to make with a newborn in one arm)!