Grilled Avocado and Feta Salsa Fresca

There’s a lot more to avocado than guacamole. Avocados are more versatile than people think; they’re adaptable to sweet and savoury recipes and can be eaten raw, baked or even grilled. That’s right – grilled. Packed with healthy fats and fibre, the buttery smooth avocado is the right inspiration for this light recipe.

Some of the best BBQ recipes are the unexpected ones and our Grilled Avocado recipe will definitely surprise you. Combined with a colourful feta salsa fresca and you have a perfect summer dish. Note: this feta cheese appetizer can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, served separately, or as an accompaniment to other dishes, too.

To start, cut avocados lengthwise, and remove pit and skin. Brush each avocado with lemon juice and 1 tbsp. of Krinos Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place avocado halves flat side down on the grill, and grill for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Note: the avocados can’t be too ripe or they’ll fall apart on the grill.

To make the Feta Salsa Fresca, in a medium-sized bowl, combine diced tomatoes, yellow pepper, onion, cilantro and jalapeno. Cilantro has a very distinctive taste, and many aren’t fans. We are, so we include it, but if you’re not – leave it out.

Gently fold in Krinos Organic Feta cheese — drained, patted dry and crumbled. Fill the cavities of the avocados, mounting slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve on a buffet table, as a side to an entrée or salad. Optional: drizzle with hot sauce for some extra punch.

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Mealtime Moments with Krinos Twisters

Life can be chaotic at times, but our frozen Krinos Twisters fillo pastries are always there to the rescue.

Whether you’re a parent running from dance class to school council to the baseball diamond and back; or you’re sitting at home with a nearly empty refrigerator and the doorbell rings (it’s unexpected visitors); or it’s office potluck day and you need to contribute, but have no time, or worse, completely forgot to bring/make something —

Krinos Fillo Twisters are a crunchy, curvy and versatile meal and snack idea that can be enjoyed on virtually any occasion. Eat them as an appetizer, a side to a lunch or dinner, a snack on the go, and even as dessert. Put simply, Krinos Twisters are a busy person’s lifesaver.

Made with simple, high-quality ingredients you would find at home, Krinos Twisters mesh a traditional Greek favourite like Spanakopita with Canadian lifestyles.

And with sweet and savoury flavours like Spinach and Feta, Feta and Ricotta, Blueberry and Pomegranate and even Apple and Cinnamon, the result is a dish everyone can enjoy.

Did we mention they’re the real deal? Take the ever-popular spinach and cheese Twister, for example. The recipe was developed and perfected by the manufacturer’s mother, who started making them in a tiny shop on the Danforth in Toronto. The flavours are recognizably authentic.

Fillo Twisters come in a variety of sizes (1 kg Family Size/840g Individual Size), and Mini Rolls, which are ideal for entertaining. And a little birdie told us Mini Twisters are coming soon! After-school/work snack, anyone?

Krinos Twisters are made with no artificial colours or flavours and contain no preservatives. Oh, and they’re Made in Canada and have the Dairy Farmers of Ontario stamp of distinction. Simply pop out of the freezer, into the oven and think about all the time you saved as you bite into the creamy, flaky and delicious Twister. And if it’s dessert you’re after, add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy a la mode. You can thank us later.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new redesigned Krinos Twisters packages arriving in grocery stores this fall!

15-minute Shrimp Dinner

Emergency go-to dinner. We all need one.

Maybe you’re out of groceries, or you forgot to take something out of the freezer, you’re rushed for time, or worse, the dinner you made didn’t turn out as expected.

Our 15-minute Shrimp dinner is so easy you’ll hardly believe it; and with nothing to prep, there’s no doubt it’ll become your perfect “in a pinch” meal.

Start with deveined shrimp. Don’t have fresh? Use frozen, just thaw them first. Leave head and tail intact and place in a Pyrex baking pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Add 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2-3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped, 2 tbsp of pitted kalamata olives, crumbled feta and chopped parsley. Give the mixture a toss and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

That’s it! Serve warm and take a breath — crisis averted.

Enjoy your dinner.

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Feta Poutine, Eh?

When you think of Canadian cuisine, poutine surely comes to mind. That ooey gooey comfort food featuring French fries, squeaky cheese and gravy originates in Quebec, but has arguably become a quintessential Canadian dish that is enjoyed internationally, as well.

Here in the Krinos Canada Kitchen, we love taking Canadian favourites – like poutine – and giving them an inspiring twist. We know our Sweet Potato Feta Poutine will peak your taste buds’ interest, and certainly be a conversation starter at your Canada Day BBQ.

While traditional poutine is made with fried potatoes, ours is made with baked sweet potato – a much healthier option. Bonus points there. And like all poutine, gravy is a must; it’s your choice whether to
go with a traditional chicken gravy, or a vegetarian option. Sticking to our Mediterranean roots, we’ve flavoured our gravy with a medley of herbs including dried basil, oregano, dried thyme, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper.

Top it all with Krinos Crumbled Feta and you have the perfect blend of sweet, salty, savoury and delicious.

Sweet Potato Feta Poutine is the perfect BBQ accompaniment, easy to serve as an appetizer and goes wonderfully with a burger. Double bonus – kids love it too.

Entertaining Tip: Why not stage a poutine station at your next Canada Day get together?

Pre-bake the sweet potatoes and toss with seasoning in a large bowl. Using a chafing dish or slow cooker, keep gravy warm nearby. Invite your guests to sample a “naked” Sweet Potato Poutine featuring Crumbled Feta and experiment with a variety of fresh ingredients as well, like tomato, onion and basil.

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We hope our Sweet Potato Feta Poutine will start a new Canadian tradition with your family and friends. Happy Canada Day!

Fall for Feta & Squash Pot Pie Year Round

What do you get when you mix sweet butternut squash with tangy and salty feta? You’ll get a perfectly paired balance of flavours that’ll please your every taste bud.

You may be thinking: butternut squash — that’s a fall vegetable. While the popular orange gourd is synonymous with autumn comfort food — soups, stews, roasted, etc. — it’s actually a vegetable that can be enjoyed year round, and can be easy adapted or combined with different flavours and spices. And in our Feta and Squash Pot Pie, you’ll get to experience a myriad of them.

To start, mix diced squash, onion, maple syrup, chopped pecans, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Spread mixture onto a lined baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, stirring at least once. Remove from oven and stir in chopped sage (it’ll burn otherwise), feta, salt and pepper. If you’re entertaining, this step can be done in advance!

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, make a roux by melting a knob of butter and whisking in a tablespoon of flour. Add some vegetable or chicken stock and stir for a few minutes until sauce thickens. Stir in some more chopped sage for more flavour.

Lightly spray 4 ramekins and fill each one with the squash and feta mixture and top with 1/4 cup of sauce. Here’s the time to get fancy: artfully fold (aka crumple) a fillo sheet. Lightly spray fillo and bake for 10-15 minutes until fillo is golden brown.

These individual sized pot pies are best served warm.

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What’s your favourite way to enjoy butternut squash?