Mediterranean Meze Meal

Here we go again, y'all!


I love it when a tiny little idea gets lodged in my brain and then over the course of a few days, it turns into a whole big thing.  Sometimes (more often than my husband appreciates), it’s an idea about moving a lamp to another part of a room that evolves into moving all the furniture from one room to another.  Other times it’s an idea about how it would be nice for someone to bring me dinner and it turns into a whole business! 

The little idea of this past week, however, was a little less dramatic, though still very exciting in its own way.  I was driving somewhere and the idea of “pocket pies” came floating through my brain.  Of course, pocket pies are not my creation, as they are a food trend currently sweeping the nation much the way taco trucks or cupcakes did a few years ago.  Not to worry, Winston-Salem is not likely be inundated with trendy new things anytime soon, but we here at DOTP do like to try to bring a little taste of the outside world to our corner of it!  People around the country are enjoying tasty little pie pockets filled with all manner of interesting things – both savory and sweet – like BBQ pork, nutella and bananas, sweet potato and roasted veggies, Mexican scrambled eggs, and the list goes on and on.  So we figured we would try our hand at these madcap pies by making some with a Mediterranean flavor – why not!?  And that was the little idea that grew into a whole menu of tasty Mediterranean dishes that we love.



March 13th: 
Porch Pocket Pies – meat or veggie
Orzo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies in Basil Vinaigrette
Greek Salad with Cucumber & Purple Onion
Green Olive Hummus & Pita Chips
Tzatziki
Vegetarian Version:  Veggie Pocket Pies & Orzo with Veggie only
Kids’ Option:  Orzo & Marinara with feta on the side ($6)
Low Carb Option:  Low Carb Pasta with Chicken & Veggies ($10 per quart)
Optional Extra:  Marinated Olive Mix & Stuffed Grape Leaves ($10)
Dessert:  Ginger Stout Cupcakes ($6)
GYTTW:  Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef or vegetable ragu ($22 small, $30 large)

So the idea with this menu is to have a little bit of everything!  You’ll snack on pita chips and our delicious homemade Green Olive Hummus, maybe dip your Porch Pies in a little Tzatziki dip (a tart yogurt dip with dill and cucumber flavors), and then when you’re finished grazing on those treats, move over to a plate of Orzo with Chicken & Veggies and a lovely Greek Salad.  I’ve added the Marinated Olives & Stuffed Grape Leaves on for folks who want to take the Meze menu to the next level.  You could even turn an ordinary Tuesday on its head:  order extra & invite friends over for an easy & fun dinner party! 

All of the dishes are healthy, loaded with fresh vegetables, and, most importantly, tasty.  After all, eating healthily is so much easier when it tastes good – when you can get that right, healthy food is what you want to eat rather than what you think you “should” eat.  And, as a bonus of this type of tasting menu, we always have much better luck getting our kids to try new things when they are presented as something that we are all just snacking on for fun, rather than a plate loaded with things that they “know” they don’t like.  

For a sweet treat after dinner, the wonderful bakers at Camino Bakery are baking up their famous Ginger Stout Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing!  They are super-gingery and even a little chewy – delish!

After Tuesday’s dinner, you’ll certainly want to begin thinking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day.  Is there a more fun holiday than this – the whole celebration revolves around drinking beer and Irish music?  I think not.  There are no romantic cards to buy, no stress over cooking a turkey and having your family over to fight with each other for four hours eat together, no toys that must be assembled between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am so that the kids won’t see them.  Nope, my kinsmen the Irish really know how to plan a good holiday.  Just drink, dance, and repeat until everyone passes out.  Obviously, food is a mere afterthought to the Irish, as evidenced by their “national dish” of corned beef and boiled cabbage and potatoes – yikes!  No thank you.  So for our DOTP St. Patty’s Day GYTTW meal, we decided to make up some fabulous & relatively traditional Shepherd’s Pies – a layered dish with flavorful ground beef, vegetables, cheese & awesome mashed potatoes.  (So, maybe it did come from England and the Irish would raise a hairy eyebrow over serving it on St. Patty’s Day, but we just couldn’t get up any enthusiasm for boiled foods.)  We’re also making a delicious Shamrock Salad available over in the Mini Grocery Store.  It’s very green, with lots of peas & edamame beans, mixed together with Quinoa & white beans and tossed in a lemon-y aioli.  Yum!  So, all around, we’re working it out for you to have a St. Patty’s Day that goes beyond green beer!

We have a few other new items over in the Mini Grocery Store, including our Sausage, Egg & Cheese Stratas and Camino Bakery Granola.  We love a hearty, hot strata for the start of an easy Sunday brunch, or even a weeknight family dinner paired with a green salad and bread.  It’s a slightly elevated version of the great Mom standby:  “Breakfast for Dinner” (this usually means Cheerios in our house, but I feel that calling it by a more formal name me feel a little less slackish). 

I think that’s all we’ve got on the DOTP menu board this week – hopefully you’ll see something good! 

Here are just a few things to keep in mind:
  • Email your order to dinnersontheporchorders@gmail.com and be specific!!!  
  • If you do not like olives, we are happy to do a non-olive version of this meal – just let us know!
  • You will receive your confirmation & reminder on Monday night - call me asap on Tuesday morning if you do not receive that email because it means we do not have you on our list!
  • If you want the "We love leftovers" larger size meal, please specify that in your email - it's $40.  
  • Dinners will be delivered or be available for pick up at Sociale Gourmet on Tuesday afternoons between 2-6 pm.
  • If you are new, please send your address so we let you know if you are a pick-up or a delivery person.  
  • If you have any food allergies, please let us know!
  • You are welcome to request anything you'd like (no cheese, no onions, etc), and we'll let you know if we can do it!
  • If you like extras of anything like salsa, sour cream, etc, just let us know and we'll be glad to include it in your bag at no charge.
  • For any other questions, check out the Order 411 page or email me at dinnersontheporchorders@gmail.com