Pot Luck

The Big Three: Feta, Kalamata Olives and Sundried Tomatoes

Last week we brought you a trio of scrumptiously sweet ingredients aimed at improving your breakfasts and desserts. This week, we thought we'd give you a few simple ideas for some fast, delicious dinners. We are big fans of Mediterranean cooking - its fresh and unprocessed goodness leaves you feeling deliciously fulfilled and self-righteous after a meal. Three of our favorite ingredients from this style of cuisine are feta, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.

The dry saltiness of the feta mingles with the tangy bite of the kalamatas and is transformed into smooth ecstasy by the sweet chewiness of the sundried tomatoes. These flavors belong together. Read on to find some super easy ways to experience them yourself.

Pizza: This one is a classic. Start with any good pizza crust and sauce. If you're feeling super-lazy, use a good quality, frozen, plain-cheese pizza as your base. Sprinkle on some crumbled feta, sliced kalamatas, and diced sundried tomatoes. One quick note: cover the tomatoes with cheese or they have a tendency to get scorched in the hot oven. If you want to get a little more adventurous, add some sautéed spinach and dried oregano. Pop it in the oven, and in about 10 minutes you will be in pizzeria heaven.

Pasta: Also feel free to get creative with this one. Our recipe is very simple and yields a delectable meal within 15 minutes. Take that, Rachael Ray. Cook a pot of penne in heavily salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain. Return the pasta to the pot and drizzle with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil. Toss in a big handful of crumbled feta, sliced kalamatas, and chewy slivers of sun-dried tomatoes. That's it. After a recent hangover, we found ourselves devouring an entire bowl of this ridiculously easy dish. It's also amazingly good chilled the next day.

Salad: If you're like us, a bowl of lettuce without anything to jazz it up is about as appealing as that wheatgrass shot the guy at Whole Foods is always insisting you try. So why not throw on some briny cheese, salty olives, and sweet chunks of sundried tomatoes? These toppers do wonders on any type of veggies that you have sitting forlornly in your salad bowl.

Let us know what dish you think benefits from some Greek flair.

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