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Oregano Herbs – Using Oregano – Summer Recipes

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It is time to harvest oregano herbs for summer recipes. Using oregano is as simple as picking your oregano plants and sliding the velvety leaves down the stems. Then you can cut the herbs with your kitchen shears.

Here are some simple oregano recipes for using oregano.

Grilled Greek Burgers

  • Makes 4 burgers
  • 1 and 1/3 lb of ground chuck
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. chopped oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 oz. of crumbled feta cheese

Mix ground meat with garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Make 8 patties about 1/2 in. thick. Divide cheese and place in the middle of 4 patties. Top with the other patties and seal in cheese.

Heat grill so that it is hot. Spray with cooking spray – cook burgers for about 5 minutes on each side. Be sure to turn only once.

Serve on buns with Ketsup, mustard, green olives, red onion slices, tomato slices and lettuce.

I am always on the look out for ways to use a never ending supply of zucchini. This is one of my favorites.

Grilled Zucchini With Marjoram 

Remember, marjoram is oregano that is a little more domestic. I like using it when every any recipe calls for fresh oregano. Use what you have growing in your herb garden.

  • Serves 6 to 8
  • 6 medium zucchini
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tb. chopped marjoram

Slice zucchini and mix with salt, pepper. Coat with olive oil. Heat your vegetable grill pan over medium high heat. Throw in the zucchini and grill for 5 to 7 min. Put grilled zucchini in a bowl and add more salt and pepper if needed. Toss with vinegar. Let stand at room temperature. Top with chopped marjoram and serve.

Peach and Pepper Salsa

  • 3 medium peaches chopped ( about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 small habanero pepper seed and chopped
  • 1/2 c. chopped spinach

Mix and refrigerate for 30 min. Serve with grilled fish or chicken.

As promised here is my quick and easy salsa recipe that gets raves. I make this salsa year round. In the summer I use fresh tomatoes. In the winter I use a quart of home canned tomatoes. I like to use home canned because they taste better, but you can substitute one 15 oz. can of tomatoes in puree and one 15 oz. of diced tomatoes (drained).

Quick Salsa To Rave About

  • 1 quart of tomatoes
  • 3 bunches of chopped green onions
  • 1 c.  a mix of peppers of your choice (red, green and waxed are good choices)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can El Pato Jalapeno Salsa (7 3/4 oz.) – Find at your local grocery.

Mix and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. When using fresh tomatoes, chop your tomatoes into a colander and let drain. Now we like things hot so I add 2 small serrano peppers. But the El Pato Salsa is usually makes this salsa hot enough for most people.

Hope you enjoy using Oregano Herbs,

Sheila

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