Greek Pita Bread Fillings

Greek pita bread wraps are filling and packed full of flavor. You can fill your Greek pita wraps with a variety of different sauces, vegetables, meat and cheese of your choosing.

In fact, in Greece, they actually serve fresh, warm French fries inside of their Greek pita bread wraps.

How do you stuff pita bread

You can fill your pita bread in a couple different ways.

One way to fill your pita wrap is by cutting open the pita to expose the inside; it will be pocket you can use for your pita bread fillings. It can be difficult to cut the pita bread and not rip it, it’s kind of like an art to get it just perfect. However, warming up the pita in the microwave or in the frying pan prior to cutting it open, will make cutting it open much easier.

Once you stuff your fillings in your Greek pita bread, hold the contents of the pocket, and roll the pita. This will close off the pocket and you can eat it without loosing anything. Don’t overfill it, or it might rip.

Another way is to fill it in the center of the pita, and eat it taco style. This way is much easier, but it’s also a recipe for a huge mess. Delicious!!

Sauce for Greek pitas

  • tzatziki
  • hummus
  • tahini

Vegetable fillings for Greek pita bread

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • red onions
  • avocado

Meat fillings for Greek pita bread

  • lamb
  • chicken
  • beef
  • prawns
  • pork

Cheese fillings for Greek pita bread

  • feta cheese

Other fillings for Greek pita bread

  • French fries
  • roasted chickpeas
  • olives
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh mint
  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley
Greek Pita Bread Fillings
Greek Pita Bread Fillings

Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones without Buttermilk

Light and fluffy cheese scones are so tasty right out of the oven. Warm cheese scones served with broccoli and cheese soup is one of my favorite meals. Dip your warm cheese scone into your soup for an extra treat.

What makes a light and fluffy scone

Scones can be dense if they are overmixed. Scones are unique in that they have a wet dough and should only be mixed until just combined.

The light mixing, combined with the leavening agents create a light and airy scone. T

The cold butter is cut into coarse crumbs, which makes the scone have flakes of pastry. This creates that delicious buttery scone that everyone loves.

Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones

Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones without Buttermilk

How to make light and fluffy cheese scones
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: scones
Yield: 8 scones

Materials

  • 2 1/4 cups flour all-purpose
  • 2 tbsp sugar granulated
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together.
  • Place cold butter in the center of the bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into coarse crumbs (small pea sized clumps of butter).
  • Add cheese to the flour mixture and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Add milk and egg to the flour mixture.
  • Gently mix until the dough is just combined. Scone batter should be very wet.
  • Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. You should be able to make 8 large scones from the dough.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-18 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

25 Wedding Cake Fillings

Wedding cake fillings are what ties the cake flavors together.

The outer layer of the cake is icing, and the cake itself is the sponge part of the cake.

The cake filling is what brings the cake together by filling in between the layers of cake. The cake filling should compliment the flavors of the outer layer of icing, and the sponge cake.

You can choose to add a little bit more flavor to your wedding cake through selecting a fruit, coffee, or chocolate cake filling. This adds a hint of flavor to your cake, and will be the perfect way to finish off you wedding day.

Typically you can taste test your cake fillings, cake icings, and cake from your wedding cake baker to make sure you’re making the best choice for your wedding day.

What is a cake filling

A cake filling is the part of the cake that fills in between the layers of cake.

Fillings can be made of buttercream, pastry cream, mousse, jam, or whipped cream.

What is the best filling to be added into a cake

The best filling to be added into a cake is vanilla custard. Vanilla custard is one of the most popular, rich cake fillings

Wedding Cake Fillings

Wedding Cake Filling Ideas

  • vanilla custard
  • bailey’s mousse
  • hazelnut mousse
  • white chocolate mousse
  • cream cheese icing
  • white chocolate ganache
  • dulche de leche pastry cream
  • mascarpone filling
  • banana cream filling

Buttercream cake filling

  • cookies and cream buttercream icing
  • pistachio buttercream
  • cookie dough buttercream

Lemon cake fillings

  • lemon pastry cream
  • lemon curd
  • lemon mousse

Strawberry cake fillings

  • strawberry buttercream
  • strawberry curd
  • strawberry mousse

Chocolate cake fillings

  • chocolate pastry cream
  • chocolate mousse
  • chocolate hazelnut buttercream icing

Raspberry cake fillings

  • raspberry buttercream
  • raspberry mousse

Coffee cake fillings

  • coffee pastry cream
  • espresso buttercream

23 Wedding Cupcake Flavors

The theme of the wedding should be taken into account when selecting your wedding cupcake flavors.

Keep in mind that cupcake icings can sometimes be colored to match your wedding colors. Chocolate, or fruit flavored icings usually need be kept their color, but most other flavors can be changed to match your wedding theme.

Wedding Cupcake Flavors

How many cupcake flavors do you need for a wedding

You’ll want to select a minimum of 2 different wedding cupcake flavors to appeal to the majority of your guests for your wedding.

If you’re selecting a champagne or moscato flavor, try picking a non-alcoholic flavor for your other guests that may want something else.

How many cupcakes do you need for a wedding

You’ll need a minimum of 1 cupcake per person, but allow for at least 1-2 cupcakes per person. Some guests will eat 3 cupcakes, but some will not eat any. This will give you enough cupcakes for your wedding by allowing for 1-2 cupcakes per guest.

Make sure to bring an airtight container to your wedding for any leftover cupcakes you have at the end of the night. You can freeze them and eat them after you come back from your honeymoon.

What are the most popular wedding cupcake flavors

The most popular, classic wedding cupcake flavors are vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate.

23 Wedding Cupcake Flavor Ideas

  1. salted caramel drizzled vanilla cupcakes
  2. cream cheese icing topped red velvet cupcakes
  3. caramel bourbon topped vanilla cupcakes
  4. chocolate icing topped chocolate cupcakes
  5. lemon cupcakes topped with lemon buttercream icing
  6. chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream icing
  7. vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla bean buttercream icing
  8. vanilla cupcakes topped with champagne buttercream icing
  9. vanilla cupcakes topped with strawberry puree infused cream cheese icing
  10. chocolate cupcakes topped with raspberry infused buttercream icing
  11. dulce de leche cupcakes
  12. chocolate cupcakes with caramel frosting
  13. pina colada cupcakes
  14. cherry almond cupcakes
  15. pecan pie cupcakes
  16. coconut cream pie cupcakes
  17. lemon raspberry cupcakes
  18. blackberry lavender buttercream icing topped chocolate cupcakes
  19. moscato infused buttercream icing topped vanilla cupcakes
  20. strawberry lemon cupcakes
  21. lemon poppy seed cupcakes topped with raspberry buttercream icing
  22. chai cupcakes
  23. vanilla hazelnut cupcakes

How far in advance can you make cupcakes for a wedding

Cupcakes are best the same day they are made. Therefore, you should be picking up your cupcakes the same day as your wedding, or the day before. Cupcakes age very quickly, and can become dense or tough to eat the longer they sit. If you do pick up your cupcakes the day before, place them in the fridge overnight. This will slow the aging process of your wedding cupcakes.

wedding cupcake flavor ideas

5 Types of Salads with Meat

There are a few classic salads that are made with meat including chicken caesar salad, and taco salad. But there a ton of main meal salads with protein that will keep you full and have a burst of flavor.

You can add shrimp, steak, chicken, or ground beef to your favorite salads for some added protein to make sure salads a bit more filling for yourself.

Bringing these types of salads can be much more filling than the average meatless salad.

Types of Salads with Meat

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a basic salad that can have meat added to it, including prawns, chicken, or steak. Steak Caesar salad is one of my favorite summer salads to serve with meat. It’s a light salad, but has that extra BBQ sauce topped steak on it, making it one of the most juicy and tasty salads to have in the summertime. Caesar salads that have meat in them are best served with garlic bread or focaccia bread on the side.

Taco Salad

Taco salad is made with ground beef and black beans, giving it a ton of protein. Taco salad is made with a main body of lettuce, topped with tomatoes, cheese, corn, avocado, and jalapenos. Taco salad is a unique meat salad in that it is topped with the same fixings as a taco, including sour cream, cheese, and even tortilla chips. The tortilla chips are more of a garnish, but they also give the meat salad a crunchy flavor to it, adding a little more texture.

Chicken BLT Salad

Chicken BLT salad is made with chicken, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes over a bed of greens. The chicken in the salad is marinated first with a champagne vinegar marinade, making it have a tangy taste to it. Chicken BLT salad is topped with a citrus tomatillo vinaigrette dressing.

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp salad is made on a bed of greens, topped with shrimp, avocado, and red onions. The shrimp are cooked in a frying pan to infuse a citrus flavor into them. The shrimp are cooked in a combination of orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, and spices. The shrimp are topped with a bit of parsley, making them have a earthy, lemon to them.

Greek Salmon Salad

Greek salmon salad is made with a base of lettuce, topped with everything you would add to a Greek salad. The Greek salmon salad is topped with feta, olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions. The dressing is a Greek vinaigrette which compliments the flavors of the vegetables. The salmon is cooked in the frying pan, and then has a hint of lemon juice added to it. The Greek salmon salad is best served while the salmon is still warm.

How to store a salad that has meat in it

When making a salad with meat, make sure to store it in the fridge, and not to leave it out of the fridge for more than 2 hours. Meat is not able to stay out of fridge for longer than 2 hours, as there is a risk of bacteria growth that can make you sick. This has a bit of shorter time frame if the salad is sitting in direct sunlight. If you’re bringing your salad for a picnic on a summer day, pack it with an ice pack to ensure it’s staying at the correct temperature prior to eating it.

Easy Vanilla Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze

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Easy vanilla scones are made with vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste to give the scones a burst of vanilla flavoring.

Vanilla scones are made using a pastry blender to cut in the butter. The small pieces of butter will create flakes of pastry, making a buttery scone.

Easy Vanilla Scones

Scones are a bit more difficult to make than muffins. Scone dough is soft and difficult to shape into a flat circle. Be patient, and add flour as necessary when rolling out the dough.

Use a pie serving utensil to take the triangle scone dough pieces and place them on the baking sheet. This is will make the transfer of the scone dough as effortless as possible.

Bake the scones on an aluminum baking pan for best results. You can line the baking sheet with a silicone baking mat for easy cleanup afterwards.

What is vanilla bean paste

Vanilla bean paste is a substitute for using vanilla beans.

Vanilla bean paste is made of vanilla extract and vanilla beans.

It has a syrup like consistency, and you can see the vanilla beans in the paste when you add it to your recipe.

What is vanilla bean paste

Vanilla bean paste measurement conversions

  • 1 tsp vanilla paste = 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste = 1 tsp vanilla extract
Vanilla bean paste measurement conversions

Vanilla Bean Glaze

Vanilla bean glaze is used to give the scones a little sweet icing on top of the vanilla scones. The vanilla bean glaze dries on the scones so you can stack the scones without them sticking together. Dry the scones on a wire rack after you’ve put the glaze on, and they will dry fully after about 20 minutes.

How to store vanilla bean scones

Store vanilla bean scones at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The vanilla bean scones are best served warm. Warm the vanilla bean scones in the microwave for 15-20 seconds prior to serving.

Easy Vanilla Scones

How to make simple and easy vanilla bean scones
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time14 mins
Total Time44 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: scones
Yield: 12 scones

Materials

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 90 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, place flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  • Cut in cold butter to the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add vanilla, vanilla bean paste, egg and milk together in a separate bowl. Beat together and add to flour bowl.
  • Gently mix with a fork until the scones are mixed until just combined. Do not overmix the scones.
  • Turn the scone dough into a ball onto a floured countertop. Add flour on top of scones and to the rolling pin.
  • Gently roll the scone dough in a circle until the thickness of the dough reaches 1/2" thick.
  • Cut the dough in half and then continue cutting triangles until you've cut 12 scones into triangles.
  • Bake 14-17 minutes at 425 degrees F. Cook until the top of the scones turn light brown and golden.
  • Cool on a wire rack until fully cooled ~20 minutes.

Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • Mix milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste together in a bowl. Add powdered sugar slowly to the milk until the icing is smooth and even.
  • Drizzle glaze onto the scones when they are fully cooled.
  • Let the glaze dry fully for 20 minutes before storing them in an airtight container.
  • Scones will stay good for 3 days at room temperature.
  • Best served warm. Heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Easy Vanilla Scones

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce for Gyros

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What is a Gyro

A Gyro is a pita wrap made with meat (chicken, lamb, beef, or pork), vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions) and sauce (tzatziki, hummus). In Greece, they actually place French fries inside of their gyros which gives the pita a full flavoring of salt and potatoes.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce for Gyros

What is Tzatziki Sauce made of

Tzatziki Sauce is made of strained plain yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil and herbs, such as mint or dill. The tzatziki sauce base of plain yogurt is strained by using a cheese cloth.

What is a cheese cloth

A cheese cloth is a crisscross light fabric that is use to strain liquid out of food. The liquid is able to pass through the small holes in the cheese cloth, leaving the food in the cheese cloth. Typically a bowl is place underneath the cheesecloth to gather the liquid that falls through.

Where to buy cheese cloth

You can find cheese cloth in your local grocery store.

You can try near the salmon (tartar sauce), baking aisle, or cooking utensils to find the cheese cloth. It’s not generally in any specific aisle, so it’s best to ask your grocery store clerk where you can find it.

You will get a large amount of cheese cloth that will be folded up in a plastic packaging.

Can you reuse cheese cloth

You can reuse cheesecloth by washing it with hot water and baking soda. However, there is still a risk of leftover food in the cheese cloth. It is recommended to use a fresh piece of cheese cloth for each time you use it.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce for Gyros

Step by step guide how to make tzatziki sauce for gyros
Prep Time10 mins
Straining Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: condiment
Keyword: dip
Yield: 1.5 cups

Equipment

  • cheese cloth
  • strainer or sifter

Materials

  • 2 cups plain yogurt 5% fat (high fat content)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber grated
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp mint fresh, chopped

Instructions

  • Take your cheese cloth and fold a few times to have it about 4 layers in thickness. You'll need the size of the folded cheese cloth to be about 12"x12".
  • Place the cheese cloth centered in your strainer or sifter. Add yogurt to the cheese cloth. Tie the cheese cloth with an elastic band to have the yogurt fully enclose. Place a small bowl underneath the sifter or strainer to catch the drippings. Place the straining yogurt in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Remove the yogurt from the fridge and place in a small bowl.
  • Using your cheese cloth, place the cucumber inside. Squeeze the water out of the cucumber. Place your cucumber in the bowl with the yogurt.
  • Add olive oil, mint, dill, garlic, salt, and vinegar to the yogurt bowl. Mix well until fully combined.
  • Taste test your tzatziki sauce, you might need more garlic, mint or dill to finish off the tzatziki sauce to your liking.
  • Store the tzatziki sauce in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

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Our easy cheese ball recipe is made with cream cheese and green onions, giving it a ton of flavor. There are a few herbs added to the cream cheese base, making it a savory appetizer to serve.

Create this easy cheese ball in about 20 minutes. Cheese balls are best served the same day they are made. Cheese balls can made the day before serving, and it will stay good for up to 3 days in the refrigerator for any leftovers.

Serve your cheese ball with thin bread or your favorite crackers. You can change up the nuts that cover your cheese ball by using chopped pecans or almonds.

Make sure to serve your cheese ball with a knife for cutting. Your crackers will not be strong enough to cut through the cheese ball on their own.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Serve your cheese ball with plain crackers to enjoy the flavor of the cheese ball.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

How to make an easy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese and green onions
Prep Time20 mins
Refrigerator1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer
Yield: 2 cheese balls

Materials

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp green onions sliced thin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp parsley fresh and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped finely

Instructions

  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer and mix on high for a couple of minutes until its glossy.
  • Add green onions, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix on medium until fully combined.
  • Add cheddar cheese and mix on low-medium until combined.
  • Take half of the cream cheese mixture and form it into a ball shape.
  • Place walnuts on a place, making sure there is a mono-layer of walnuts.
  • Roll the cream cheese ball over the walnuts until it's fully covered.
  • Wrap the cheese ball with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1 hour. Repeat with the other cheese ball.
  • Unwrap your cheese ball and let it soften for about 10 minute before serving.
  • Serve your cheese ball with crackers or thin bread for your guests.
Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

One of our favorite icing recipes for glazing scones that hardens up after about 20-30 minutes is a vanilla glaze.

Alternatively, you can replace 15 ml of milk with 15 ml of lemon juice as a lemon glaze for scones.

Make sure to let the scones fully dry before storing them. The scone glaze takes about 20-30 minutes to dry fully. The scones can then be stacked and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

You can also add a tsp of vanilla bean paste to make the scone glaze a vanilla bean glaze for a bit more added flavoring.

Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

How to make a scone glaze recipe that hardens on top of scones
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dessert
Yield: 12 scones fully covered in glaze

Materials

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 90 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  • Add powered sugar to the milk and mix well until the icing does not have any clumps of sugar in it.
  • You can adjust the consistency as needed. If it's a bit too liquid add a little more powdered sugar (1 tbsp). If it's too thick and hard to spread, add a little bit more milk (1 tsp-1 tbsp).
  • Once you're happy with your scone glaze you can add it to your scones. It's best spooned onto the scone and then use the back of the spoon to spread it overtop of all of your scones.
  • Let the scones dry for 20 – 30 minutes before putting them away. If you store the scones immediately after the moisture cannot escape the container and the glaze will remain wet.
  • Store your fully dried glazed scones in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

How to Decorate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Decorating chocolate chip cookies is a fun way to dress up your cookies.

Some of the decorating examples involve the cookies needing to be laid flat, and not stacked for storage purposes.

Make sure you have a big enough storage container for all of your decorated chocolate chip cookies before beginning.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with sprinkles

  1. Bake your chocolate chip cookies. As soon as the cookies are placed on the cooling rack, toss your sprinkles on top of the chocolate chip cookie.
  2. The heat from the cookie will let the sprinkles adhere to the cookie.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with frosting and sprinkles

  1. Make your favorite vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting to top your chocolate chip cookies with.
  2. Add any food coloring you wish to the buttercream icing (vanilla buttercream).
  3. Let your chocolate chip cookies come to room temperature. You do not want to frost the cookies if they are too warm, or the frosting will melt on the cookie.
  4. You can use a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip, or use a knife to place your buttercream on the top of the chocolate chip cookie.
  5. Before the buttercream starts to dry, toss your sprinkles on top of the buttercream icing.
  6. Buttercream icing will not fully dry, therefore the cookies cannot to be stacked on top of one another. Place the cookies so they are sitting beside one another when storing them.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with candy eyes

  1. Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate in the microwave. It should take about 30 – 45 sec to melt the chocolate. Use a spoon to mix the chocolate until it’s fully melted.
  2. Use a toothpick to pick up a small amount of chocolate. Place the small amount of chocolate on the chocolate chip cookie where you would like the candy eye to go.
  3. Place the candy eye on top of the melted chocolate on the cookie, and press down so it “glues” together.
  4. Let it sit and harden together for 20-30 minutes before stacking the chocolate chip cookies together.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies to create a cookie monster

  1. Make your favorite vanilla buttercream icing. Add blue food coloring and mix together.
  2. Fit a piping bag with the star tip and add your icing to the bag.
  3. Pipe the icing by placing a small amount of icing on the cookie and lift vertically to create the monster cookie body.
  4. Pipe the entire cookie this way until the edges are covered.
  5. Add 2 candy eyes to the cookie. The eyes should be right next to one another. The pupil of the eye should be faced inward to make the cookie monster look crosseyed.
  6. To create the mouth of the cookie monster you have a couple of options. One way is to break a cookie in half, and place the broken half in the icing. This will make the cookie monster look like he’s eating a cookie. Another option is to create the mouth using icing or melted chocolate. Create the mouth to look like the cookie monster is smiling wide open.

How to decorate chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream

  1. Only decorate your chocolate chip cookies with whipped cream right before serving, otherwise the whipped cream with melt. Place a chocolate chip cookie on a clean plate. Hold a can of whipping cream in an upside down vertical position right above the cookie.
  2. Gently place a small amount of whipping cream in the center of the cookie.
  3. Top the whipping cream cookie with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or caramel sauce.
  4. Gently hover over the whipped cream and put a couple of sprinkles to finish off the decorated chocolate chip cookie.
How to Decorate Chocolate Chip Cookies