Friday, July 20, 2012

Fresh Salad In A Tortilla Bowl

Feta is a classic and famous Greek curd cheese whose tradition dates back thousands of years and is still made by shepherds in the Greek mountains with unpasteurized milk. 

Feta cheese originated in an area that now includes Greece and Bulgaria.  Originally made with goat's or sheep's milk, but today much is often made commercially with pasteurized cow's milk (the firmer cow's milk version is made for export). The curdled milk (curdled with rennet) is separated and allowed to drain in a special mold or a cloth bag.  It is cut into large slices (feta means 'slice') that are salted and then packed in barrels filled with whey or brine.

Salted and cured in a brine solution (which can be either water or whey) for a week to several months (this is why it is sometimes called a 'pickled' cheese). Feta has a high salt content, close to 5% (most cheeses contain 1½ to 2% salt).  The cheese dries out rapidly when removed from the brine.

Feta cheese is white, usually formed into square cakes, and can range from soft to semi-hard, with a tangy, salty flavor that can range from mild to sharp. Its fat content can range from 30 to 60 percent; most is around 45 percent milk fat. It is now made in many countries, but usually the pasteurized cow's milk version, on a commercial scale.

I didn’t include measurements because you can add the amount you like. It’s up to you. How did I make the tortilla bowls? Click here to see how I made the tortilla bowls.

Fresh Salad In A Tortilla Bowl
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lettuce, shredded
cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
tomatoes, sliced
celery, chopped
crumbled feta cheese
small white onion, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
parsley, to taste
light ranch dressing
large flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently place tortilla in tortilla pans. Cook for 7 minutes. Remove pans and place on cooking rack. Completely cool tortillas.

To build, place shredded lettuce in tortilla bowl, then add celery, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, croutons, feta cheese, sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley. Drizzle light ranch dressing over salad. Enjoy!

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