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Top 12 Greek Recipes for Young Cooks


These recipes will introduce your fledgling chef to Greek cooking in a fun way. Folding classic cheese pies, forming cookie twists, and drizzling fruit with honey are among the skills kids will love to use!

1. Aliki's Pizza

Aliki's Pizza - Greek Pizza for Young Cooks
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This recipe is for homemade pizza (ladenia) with bacon, tomatoes, ham, peppers, and cheese toppings. Easy for kids to make with pita bread as the base, or using the dough in the recipe, and it's my granddaughter Aliki's favorite.

2. Butter Cookie Twists

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At home, we generally make these in ring or spiral shapes, but they can be easily formed into any shape by creative hands. Because the cookies are small and the strips of dough are fun to work with, kids have a great time coming up with their own shapes.

More Greek Cookie Recipes (all great for kids)

3. Cheese Pie Triangles

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There are many variations on this recipe using different types of cheeses and herbs; this is one of my favorites. Let young cooks try their hand at this. Once they get the hang of the folding, there will be no stopping them!

4. Easy Ice Cream Recipe for Kids

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An easy no-cook recipe for ice cream that's perfect for kids. Eat as is, or add pieces of favorite sweets, fruits, cereals, nuts, etc.

5. Feta Cheese Pie - Pita me Feta

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Different than the more well-known "cheese pies" made with phyllo dough, this is a delicious pie similar to a quiche, made with feta cheese, eggs, and yogurt. Very easy to make, serve at room temperature.

6. Feta Croissants

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These delightful feta-filled croissants are not sweet, and are easy to make. Use commercial croissant dough, or make the dough in the recipe for a light, delicious taste.

7. Greek Yogurt with Thyme Honey

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To make this as authentic as possible, use good quality Greek strained yogurt and a Greek honey. Thyme honey is my choice, but there are many wonderful varieties of Greek honey including chestnut, fir, wildflower, pine, orange blossom, and others. A simple drizzle of honey over a bowl of yogurt makes this not only a wonderful dish representative of Greek tastes, but easy and delicious as well.

No honey? Top the yogurt with preserves and (optionally) toasted almonds.

8. Jam Tart - Pasta Flora

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Pasta Flora is easy to make as evidenced by the photo of a tart made by a team of young cooks (preschool and elementary schoolers). Fabulous!

9. Microwave Feta and Tomatoes

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This is a variation of an old standard cooked in the oven, but this is quick, easy, and tastes delicious.

10. Oranges with Honey

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Fresh fruit is a favorite Greek dessert, sweet snack, and a great addition to the breakfast table. It's delicious served alone, but you can dress it up with a drizzle of fabulous Greek honey. Whether you slice the oranges or separate them into pieces, this 1-2-3 recipe (one step, two ingredients, three minutes) adds a lovely touch.

11. Sesame Honey Spread - Tahinomelo

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A simple and easy combination of honey and tahini, this no-cook recipe has fewer calories than peanut butter, and it's healthy and delicious. Try spreading tahinomelo on whole grain bread or toast, or in a sandwich with slices of banana.

12. Tomatoes & Feta on Grilled Bread - Riganatha

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A Greek bruschetta, if you will, this is very quick and easy, and incorporates the classic Greek tastes of olive oil, tomatoes, feta cheese, and oregano. To use this recipe for a school project, dry toast, rusks, or even crackers can be used in place of the grilled bread.

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