Yefsi, authentic greek cuisine in eastchester

In an area where Italian restaurants abound, it is a breath of fresh air to savor the enticing fragrance of rosemary, mint and thyme that await you at the newly opened Greek restaurant, Yefsi Estiatorio in Eastchester.

Chef- owner Christos Christou traces his roots to Cyprus, where his family farm raised sheep and goats, grew vegetables and prepared yogurt and cheeses. Turkey italian sausage recipe His mother and grandmother cooked at the local taverna and young Christos was surrounded by the foods of Greece and developed a passion for the culinary field. Fresh italian sausage recipe In 1989, he came to New York as a student.

Recipe to make italian sausage He studied at The French Culinary Institute and apprenticed with Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac and Andre Soltner. Italian sausage recipe easy Back in New York, he graced the kitchens of Molyvos and many other fine Greek restaurants.” With the opening of Yefsi on the upper east side, I aimed to represent the food of Cyprus and Greece and expect to do the same here in Eastchester. Jennie o italian turkey sausage recipes Yefsi is upscale, yet casual and friendly. Italian sausage bean soup recipe I love to see my guests smiling and happy. Rigatoni recipe with italian sausage I divided my time between the kitchen and dining room. Homemade italian sausage recipes It’s important for a restaurant owner to be open minded and democratic. Recipe homemade italian sausage Important ingredients in my kitchen include Greek olive oil, Greek vinegar, our native cheeses, and herbs and spices including rosemary, thyme, mint, cumin, cinnamon and cloves.”

As I arrived for a recent dinner, a valet parked my car. Johnsonville sweet italian sausage pasta recipe I entered the space through a comfortable bar area to the spacious dining room. Sweet italian turkey sausage recipe Brown tufted leather banquettes, pale green walls and wine bottles lining the upper part of the walls. Homemade hot italian sausage recipe Additional dining rooms ajoin the main one, really nice for private gatherings. Italian sausage recipe crock pot I was greeted by Executive Chef Owner Christos Christou, his partner Michael Parpoumas and manager Michael Savidis. Authentic italian sausage recipe Greek music playing in the background set the mood for our meal. Ground italian sausage pasta recipe It was tempting to get up and dance, but instead we remained seated and ate and ate and ate.

Yefsi translates as taste. Italian sausage recipe slow cooker With over 25 exciting choices of mezedes (appetizers) and almost as many larger plates you can design a varied menu of many tastes. Mild italian sausage recipes The attentive and well informed staff brought us a sampler of traditional Greek spreads. Spaghetti and italian sausage recipe We topped the warm pita triangles with taramasalata, a fish roe dip, eggplant salad, tzatziki, a yogurt dip and a spicy feta spread with added kick from jalapenos. Homemade italian chicken sausage recipes Very special was the grilled halloumi, a cheese firm enough to slice, from Cyprus, topped with a relish of tomato, onion and cucumber in a citrus vinaigrette. Italian sausage seasoning recipe The cheese was just salty enough and was divine. Jennie o sweet italian turkey sausage recipes There is nothing as delicious as freshly sliced beets. Recipe for homemade italian sausage Here they were piled up like a napoleon and dressed with vinegar and snipped herbs..Skordalia, that amazing potato based dip, prepared with the addition of almonds gave it a crunchy texture. Johnsonville mild italian sausage recipe The skordalia was also paired with crisp shrimp and cod fritters, psarokeftedes, with a balsamic glaze. Italian sausage rigatoni recipe So many of Chef Christos dishes add a modern touch to the traditional fare. Spaghetti with italian sausage recipe Diced shrimp and gigante beans, appeared next, in a mastic tomato sauce with grape tomato halves and topped with crumbled feta, a fine combination of ingredients. Italian sausage spices recipe Most enjoyable was loukaniko, grilled lamb and beef country sausage. Italian sausage soup recipes olive garden They were beautifully spiced and were paired with blackeyed peas. Mild italian sausage recipe A special of the day was the classic spinach pie. Italian sausage stew recipe Here the phyllo layers were crisp and delicate and the filling of fresh spinach, dill, leeks and feta cheese was a savory delight. Italian sausage seasoning blend recipe Our last mezze selection was one of the best. Ground pork italian sausage recipe Octapodi. Italian sausage potato soup recipe Slices of grilled baby octopus were mingled with a red wine vinaigrette and sprinkled with capers, onion and red peppers. Italian pork sausage pasta recipe These tender morsels were outstanding. Italian sausage and pasta recipe Yet to be sampled are Yefsi vegetable chips, saganaki, and mussels in a white wine, feta and ouzo sauce, and the list goes on.

The large plates include meat as well as fish offerings. Homemade spicy italian sausage recipe We opted for the plaki, a fillet of pan-roasted striped bass. Hot italian sausage pasta recipe The perfectly cooked moist fish arrived with a white wine sauce, cherry tomatoes, Vidalia onions and potato halves. Ground turkey italian sausage recipe If lamb is your desire, try the arni youvesti. Italian beef sausage recipe The braised lamb shank was fall off the bone tender and served with thin noodles tossed with a cinnamon flavored tomato sauce. Hot italian turkey sausage recipes Aged kefalograviera was shredded on top. Italian sausage and potato recipe I will return to try Greek orzo with seafood and melted feta, moussaka, and souvlaki. Italian sausage pasta recipes for dinner Side dishes of lemon potatoes, green beans, rice with spinach and Greek fries are fine accompaniments.

For your finale try house baked baklava, galatoboureko, Greek yogurt, walnut honey cake, or as I did, a special of loukoumades, cloudlike fritters drizzled with honey and dusted with sugar, just perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Italian pasta sausage recipe Place olive oil in a large roasting pan. Italian sausage soup recipe Place all of the ingredients including the four fillets in the pan. Italian sausage and peppers pasta recipe Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and serve immediately.

Judie Dweck has been writing about restaurants and food for many publications. Recipe for italian sausage and pasta She teaches creative cooking to children at Scarsdale elementary schools. Italian sausage and kale soup recipe Through the years, her articles have appeared in Jack and Jill Magazine, Spotlight, The Pleasure of Cooking and The Scarsdale Inquirer. Spaghetti recipe with italian sausage She balances her restaurant tastings with daily ballet classes.