Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Greek Smoked Sausage, Artichoke and Kefalograviera Cheese Ramen Noodles with Ajvar

     Gourmet Microwave Ramen Noodles!
     This is an easy to make microwave recipe that can also be cooked on a conventional stove top.  There are no tricky cooking techniques.  The ingredients are added in stages to prevent overcooking.  Cooking in stages is the best approach for microwave cooking.
     The ingredients for this recipe can be found in a Greek delicatessen.  Greek Lovka is a smoked dry cure beef sausage.  Jars of marinated artichoke hearts are convenient and they are usually good in quality.  Finely grated Greek Kefalograviera Cheese was tossed with the hot ramen noodles.  Ajvar vegetable dip was placed on top of the noodles and this Eastern European condiment adds plenty of flavor.
     Some people browse the internet looking for quick easy to cook recipe ideas.  Ramen noodle fans always seem to be looking for new ramen noodle bowl flavor combinations.  Today's ramen recipe has a simple Greek flavor theme that will please noodle bowl fans that are looking for something different.    
     Greek Smoked Sausage, Artichoke and Kefalograviera Cheese Ramen Noodles with Ajvar:
     This recipe yields 1 ramen noodle entrée.
     This is a microwave recipe!  Conventional cooking methods can be applied by boiling the noodles in a pot.  Sautéing the sausage and marinated artichoke hearts together with olive oil, then adding them to the noodles is a good choice.
     Step 1:  Boil enough water in container in a microwave oven to cover the ramen noodles.
     Add 1 portion of ramen noodles to the hot water.
     Add 1 portion of ramen noodles
     Add 1 chicken bouillon packet.
     Loosely cover the container.
     Boil the ramen noodles in the microwave, till they are almost fully cooked.
     Step 2:  Drain most of the broth off of the noodles and only leave about 1/2 of a cup of the broth in the container.
     Add 3 ounces of thin sliced Greek Smoked Sausage.  (Loukaniko is best, but smoked kielbasa is a good substitute.)
     Add 10 marinated artichoke heart wedges.  (Marinated artichokes in a jar from a grocery store are fine for this recipe.)
     Add 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Step 3:  Cover the container with a loose fitting lid.
     Cook the ingredients in the microwave till they are hot.
     Step 4:  Add 1/4 cup of finely grated Greek Kefalograviera Cheese.  Stir the cheese with the hot ingredients.
     Step 5:  Place the ramen mixture in a shallow soup bowl.
     Try to expose a few artichoke and sausage slices on the surface of the noodles.
     Step 6:  Place the bowl in the microwave.
     Heat the noodles for a few seconds, so the cheese softens.
     Step 7:  Place the bowl of noodles on an underliner serving plate.
     Place 3 tablespoons of Ajvar on top of the noodles.  (Ajvar is available in Mediterranean food markets.)
     Sprinkle a few thin slices of green onion over the noodles.
     As far as microwave ramen noodle bowl creations go, this simple one is rather tasty! 

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