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Seafood Appetizers & Mezethes

From taramosalata to squid and fish, these dishes are some of the most famous of all Greek foods.

Baked Anchovies - Gavros sto Fourno
Throw out any thoughts of very salty little fish that come in cans or packed in salt. This recipe calls for fresh anchovies baked with tomatoes, onion, garlic, wine, and tomatoes. Great as an appetizer or main dish.

Baked Sardines with Garlic & Oregano - Sartheles Psites
Sardines are a favorite Greek fish and this easy recipe is a classic, fixed in all parts of Greece. It calls for fresh sardines, garlic, oil, lemon juice, oregano, and seasonings.

Baked Stuffed Squid - Kalamarakia Yemista
Squid (calamari) is a Greek favorite, cooked in many ways. This recipe is for squid with an herb, rice, and raisin stuffing, suitable for lenten Sundays.

Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer - Kalamaria Salata
This dish is easy to make and a favorite meze or appetizer with wine or ouzo. It can be made with large or small, fresh or frozen calamari - squid.

Fish Roe Dip - Taramosalata
Tarama (cod or carp roe) is sometimes called "the common man's caviar." Combined with olive oil and bread, it makes one of the tastiest and most basic of Greek appetizers and mezethes. Taramosalata goes exceptionally well with ouzo.

Flaming Mussels with Garlic & Ouzo - Mythia me Skortho & Ouzo
Using cleaned mussels, this fabulous meze/appetizer takes 15 minutes to make. It calls for mussels, garlic, parsley, and thyme or savory. Ouzo added at the end will flame up, for an exciting treat.

Fried Fish Croquettes - Psarokeftethes
Delightful as a meze or appetizer, or as a main dish, these fish cakes call for swordfish and desalinated salt cod fried in a beer batter.

Fried Picarel or Smelts - Marithes
Marithes (picarel or smelts) are very small fish that are fried whole and served with lemon wedges. They make a fabulous seafood meze or main dish.

Fried Squid (Calamari) - Kalamarakia Tiganita
There's no secret to this wonderful dish - the squid is dredged in flour, fried, and served with lemon. Listed as an appetizer, it is often served as a meze, side dish, or entree as well.

Garlic Shrimp Meze (Appetizer) - Garithes me Skortho
A quick and delicious recipe for unshelled shrimp with fresh garlic, brandy, and orange juice.

Grilled Octopus - Htapothi sti Skhara
Octopus grilled over an open flame is a Greek classic, and a favorite meze to serve with ouzo and wine.

Herbed Calamari - Kalamaria Vrasta Salata
Start with frozen calamari (squid) and this will be one of the easiest appetizers to make. The recipe calls for calamari, herbs, wine, onion, and vinegar.

Marinated Anchovies - Gavros Marinatos
A simple recipe, the hardest part for some may be cleaning these very small fish. Be sure to have a good fillet knife on hand.

Marinated Octopus - Htapothi Xythato
Octopus marinated in an oil and vinegar mixture (heavy on the vinegar) and served with a sprinkle of oregano is a favorite appetizer or meze.

Mussels Saganaki - Mythia Saganaki
Although this is called a "saganaki" dish, it is actually much easier made in a nonstick skillet than in a traditional "saganaki" pan. Mussels, cheese, cream, wine, and a touch of hot peppers give this a unique taste.

Mussels with Rice & Dill - Mythopilafo me Anitho
Use fresh shelled mussels for this simple recipe for mussels with rice. A last minute addition of fresh dill adds a nice touch.

Mussels with Rice Pilaf & Ouzo - Mythopilafo me Ouzo
Fresh mussels in the shell, ouzo, wine, and fresh herbs make this a delicious appetizer or meze.

Mussels with Rice Pilaf & Tomatoes - Mythopilafo me Domates
Delightful as a meze (to serve with drinks) or a side dish, this recipe calls for fresh mussels in the shell, onion, tomato, and garlic with rice.

Sardines in Vine Leaves - Sartheles sta Klimatofylla
This fabulous dish makes a wonderful presentation. Fresh sardines are cooked in layers with vine (grape) leaves, lemon slices, and spices. Delicious and beautiful!

Shrimp Saganaki - Garithes Saganaki
A delicious appetizer or meze made with shrimp, feta cheese, and tomatoes. The recipe serves two and is easy to increase.

Shrimp with Oil-Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono) - Garides Vrastes
Shrimp are a Greek favorite, and this simple recipe can be used as an appetizer or for any recipe that calls for boiled shrimp. Top with traditional latholemono (whipped oil and lemon juice) for a taste treat!

Tuna-Stuffed Egg Appetizers - Avga Yemista
A different take on deviled eggs, the filling is made with tuna. Delightful as an appetizer or meze with ouzo.

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