Food Topic: Oregano
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Oregano is known as the pizza herb, though there are many foods that oregano compliments. Oregano tastes great with tomato, egg, or cheese based foods, baked goods such as biscuits and crusty breads, as well as many lamb, pork, and beef main dishes.

 Because it retains its flavor well, oregano can be used either fresh or dried. If you are using the fresh herb, use twice the amount of it as you would the dried called for in a recipe. 

 Oregano is easily dried- cut low on the plant, rinse and spread out on a table covered with a clean sheet or towel.  Every couple of days, flip the oregano until the leaves are wilted and crumble easy in between your fingers.  Pull off the leaves, crumbling them as you go.  Store in an airtight container.

 Make a savory sauce with melted butter, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some minced fresh oregano; drizzle over grilled fish, poultry, potatoes, veggies.

 An easy way to accent pasta sauces, salad dressings, and ground meat dishes is with a dusting of crushed oregano leaves.

 Sprinkle fresh crushed oregano leaves on top of pizza or lasagna before baking for a great fresh taste (works great with store bought as well as homemade).

 Try marinating vegetables in olive oil with garlic and oregano for 10 minutes and then grilling for 2-4 minutes per side

 
Grilled Mini Meatloaves

 1 # ground beef

1 # ground pork

1 c finely chopped onion

1 c oats

c ketchup

c minced fresh oregano (or 2 T dried)

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp salt

tsp black pepper

 

Mix all ingredients together well.  Form into 8 oval patties.  Grill as you would hamburgers. 

Serve with grilled new potatoes (thick slice, toss with olive oil and salt, grill until lightly browned on both sides) and a fresh salad.

 

 

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