The Mediterranean is the home of great food with Spain, Italy, and Greece all having made their food into successful exports here in the US. Here at NetCost Market, we wanted to give you some great classic Mediterranean recipes that you can make at home using items from this week’s Weekly Specials!
Meatballs are an Italian classic, and this dish is no exception. It uses the rich flavors of sundried tomatoes to really bring the flavors of southern Europe to your plate, and with ground pork at only $1.99 a lb. and selected varieties of Allegra Pasta for only 49c per packet, there’s no better time to give this flavor-packed favorite a try!
Ingredients: (for the meatballs) 1 lb. ground pork, 1 onion – peeled and diced, 2.5 oz. fresh breadcrumbs, 1 egg – beaten, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 handful flat-leaf parsley – chopped, salt, pepper, olive oil, (for the sun-dried tomato sauce) 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 onion – chopped, 1 clove garlic – chopped, 2 cans tomatoes, 8 sundried tomatoes – thinly sliced, 1 tsp. sweet paprika, 1 glass red wine, 1 handful parsley – chopped, salt, pepper.
Next, the sun-dried tomato sauce:
In a large pan, add the oil on medium heat. Cook the chopped onion for about 7 minutes.
Bring it together:
Tip: to stop the left-over pasta from becoming congealed in the pan after cooking, add a tablespoon of the pasta sauce and mix it in until all the pasta is coated.
Greek food is one of the healthiest diets in the world. It’s mainly based on fresh seafood, lean grilled meats, and lots of fresh Mediterranean vegetables. This classic Greek salad is great as a light dinner or as a side to a larger meal. Right now, we have Organic Valley feta and mozzarella cheeses for only $4.99 a packet, so it’s the right time to buy them and make this Mediterranean classic!
Ingredients: 4 medium juicy tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 1 green bell pepper, 1 medium red onion, pitted black olives, a pinch of salt, 4 tbsp. good quality olive oil, 1-2 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 block of Organic Valley Feta cheese (use mozzarella if you’re not a fan of feta), ½ tbsp. dried oregano.
This cake is a classic in areas across the Mediterranean where they grow lots of walnuts and apples. Walnuts and apples are extremely healthy, packed full of vitamins and fiber. At the moment, we have Gala apples for an amazing 79c per lb. so it’s definitely worth a try! It goes perfectly with a nice afternoon espresso.
Ingredients: 4 eggs, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. white sugar, 1 cup olive oil, 1 cup milk, 2 ½ cups white flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 4 Gala apples – peeled, halved, cored, and thinly sliced, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup raisins, 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, 3 tbsp. sesame seeds.
Preheat your oven to 375F
The Mediterranean has a rich food history, and its food has become popular all over the world as a result. These tasty recipes are a great way to taste the real Mediterranean, and right now we’ve got some great deals in our Weekly Specials to make it that bit more cost-effective for you! Just click HERE to find out all the deal we currently have on offer with this week’s Weekly Specials!