Special Ingredient Game (challenge #2) & a Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll!

Remember my fun foodie-bloggers’ collaboration for the holiday season {here}?

This time it was the brilliant Krystina, the gal behind Kouzouna’s Kitchen, who came up with another special ingredient game, with a twist! We had to choose 5 ingredients of our very own and then 1 more ingredient from the Food Network’s 50-Secret-Ingredients list —a list compiled by chefs who claim these ingredients are their secret touch to make their dishes pop! {You can have a look at the article here}. To spare you the rest of the game rules, we had to make a recipe with only 6 total ingredients, sweet or savory, main or side, dip, finger-food, cocktails/drinks, anything counted! I chose balsamic vinegar from the list along with honey, apples, Greek graviera cheese, bacon & pork loin to make a Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll.


Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll

  • Servings: 2-4 persons
  • Difficulty: very easy
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2 apples

2 pounds boneless, butterflied/flattened pork loin*
6-8 slices of bacon
6-8 slices of graviera cheese (the Swiss gruyère could be used as a substitute even though it’s quite different, or any type of cheese you like that can be baked in a casserole)

*You can also pick up a pre-made pork roll from your butcher’s, stuffed with anything you like!

2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper the pork (keep a light hand as the bacon and cheese are really salty) and top with the slices of bacon and cheese, spreading them evenly, leaving an 1-inch margin around the perimeter. Starting with the short side, roll up tightly and secure with kitchen twine.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat (you don’t need to add any oil or butter!) and brown the roll on all sides. Place in a casserole that has a lid. Core and slice the apples, arrange slices around the roll. Mix honey and vinegar well together and spread the glaze all over the surface of the meat. Cover the casserole and bake at 82-93 ºF for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the roll from the oven, take the lid off the casserole and allow the roll to rest for a full 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Χοιρινό Ρολό με Μήλα στη Γάστρα

  • Servings: 2-4 άτομα
  • Difficulty: πολύ εύκολη
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2 μήλα
1 χοιρινό ρολό έτοιμο από τον κρεοπώλη σας, με γέμιση της αρεσκείας σας (ενδεικτικά, το δικό μου είχε γραβιέρα και μπέικον)

2 γεμάτες κουταλιές της σούπας μέλι
2 κουταλάκια του γλυκού ξύδι βαλσάμικο

Ροδίζετε το ρολό από όλες τις μεριές σε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι χωρίς καμία λιπαρή ουσία. Το βάζετε σε μια γάστρα, κόβετε τα μήλα σε φέτες και τα μοιράζετε γύρω από το κρέας, αναμειγνύετε καλά το μέλι με το ξύδι και γλασάρετε πολύ καλά το ρολό σε ολόκληρη την επιφάνειά του. Σκεπάζετε τη γάστρα και ψήνετε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 200 °C για μία ώρα.

Listed below, you will find the recipes from the rest of the bloggers participating in the event:

Special Ingredient Game {the Food network List}
  • Nidhi Raghav from Platter Joy shared her Cream Paneer
  • Krystina Kalapothakos from Kouzounas Kitchen shared her vegan Rice Pudding
  • Gina Martino Zarcadoolas from Foodie WineLover shared her Lebanese Lentil Soup
  • Natalia Alexander from The Greek Glutton shared her Rusk Salad Tomatoes, Olives & Feta 
  • Angela Santareli from Constant Wining shared her Spaghetti with Tuna Sauce
  • Kiki Vagianos from The Greek Vegan will share her Greek Sangria with Mavrodaphne wine, Metaxa brandy, pomegranate & orange juice, pomegranate seeds and her secret ingredient: pomegranate molasses

Since the event will be open all day, do make sure you check back here again! I will be updating frequently, linking to all the recipes, as more posts go up from other bloggers in the following hours.

Also, our group is growing and gaining some recognition, so we though we’d make a Facebook page to post all of our talented members’ delicious recipes and make them accessible to everyone!  Make sure you check us out here and for those of you who love to Pin all your favourite recipes here’s our Pinterest account as well!

Greek Dinner Party Around the World

Tonight Kicking Back the Pebbles will be participating in an exciting event!

#GreekDinner Around the World {2015}

Read all about the inspiration, the idea & the people behind the event, on 9 Muses News by blogger Keri Douglas, at the link below:


A list of participants can be found on said blog post by 9 Muses News but I will also list members of my community who are taking part, down below. Make sure you follow them as well as Kicking Back the Pebbles on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and/or use hashtag #GreekDinner) to catch up with all the wonderful dinner parties around the globe!

Ours will not be a “party” per se but more of a quiet late dinner at home, featuring a simple green salad with great Greek products and a glass of traditional Kefalonian wine. Stay tuned!

Greek Dinner Around the World ~ January 15th, 2015

2014 in review

Ένας μικρός απολογισμός της χρονιάς που μας πέρασε με μερικά διασκεδαστικά στατιστικά δεδομένα {στο σύνδεσμο που ακολουθεί παρακάτω} για την μικρή μου γωνιά στην μπλογκόσφαιρα… για τρίτη συνεχόμενη χρονιά το Kicking Back the Pebbles μεγάλωσε και εξελίχθηκε χάρη σε όλους εσάς! Πολλές και θερμές ευχές για ένα δημιουργικό 2015 :)
The WordPress.com stats helper-monkeys were again at work to prepare a 2014 annual report for Kicking Back the Pebbles {among others I’m sure!}. Here’s a fun excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Now click here to see the complete report. ← Κλικ εδώ!