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Top 10 Greek Recipes of the Week - October 1 - 7, 2007

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Every week, site visitors are finding great recipes to make at home. Here are your favorite Greek recipes during the week of October 1 - 7, 2007.

1. Classic Greek Moussaka with Eggplant

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Photo © Jim Stanfield
This is the Greek recipe for moussaka with eggplant, probably the most well-known of all versions, and a favorite of Greeks and non-Greeks alike. A casserole dish, moussaka is made with layers of ground meat and vegetables, and topped with a rich cream sauce.

2. Traditional Tzatziki

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Photo © Jim Stanfield
The creamy combination of yogurt, cucumber, and garlic makes tzatziki a refreshing appetizer that can be eaten alone, with bread, or as an accompaniment to vegetables, meat dishes, and pita wraps. It is one of the dips for which Greece is most well-known.

3. Hummus with Tahini - Chickpea and Sesame Dip

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This dip is a delicious appetizer and a favorite with regional differences in this part of the world. The key to great hummus is to let the flavor of the chickpeas come through, rather than be overwhelmed by the lemon (it's easy to get too much lemon taste). It's quick to make, no cooking involved, and it's vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.

4. Bechamel Sauce with Cheese

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Photo © Jim Stanfield
This thick version of bechamel comes from my neighbor, Yiorgia, and it turns out thick and rich every time. It's made with evaporated milk and contains cheese, and is just one variation of this popular sauce used with meats and vegetables. It isn't hard to make, and doesn't take long, but it has to be stirred the entire time.

5. Baklava with Almonds & Walnuts

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This version of baklava, made with olive oil (the recipe can also be made with butter), is a modernized version of Gastrin (say: GHAH-streen) - an ancient Cretan sweet known from Roman times. Use butter if you must, but this version made with olive oil is absolutely delicious.

6. Recipe for Greek Gyro at Home

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The way professionals make gyro on an upright rotisserie (photos) is fabulous, but not the most practical for most of us cooking at home. This version uses the same meat (pork) and seasonings, but has been adapted to home cooking.

7. Homemade Yogurt

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This recipe is for full fat sheep or cow's milk yogurt made the traditional way, without a yogurt maker. It's a very simple recipe with two ingredients.

8. Oven Baked Pasta with Meat - Pastitsio

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Pastitsio is a classic Greek dish, with several variations. This creamy, cheesy dish is one of the all-time favorite Greek comfort foods.

9. Greek Rice Pudding - Ryzogalo

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This fabulous dish is creamier than a pudding... and a favorite comfort food. As temperatures start to drop, this has become a favorite after-school snack as well as a much in-demand breakfast and dessert. While ryzogalo is often served at room temperature or chilled, it's totally divine served slightly warm.

10. Easy Sesame Honey Candy - Pasteli

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Pasteli is a favorite Greek candy, made only with sesame seeds and honey, but it has also been called the original energy bar. There are other versions of this candy that can be homemade and bought at the market, but this recipe for Pasteli is the simplest, easiest, and perhaps oldest. It creates a chewy confection that can be enjoyed like any other candy, as an energy booster, and it goes particularly well with tea.

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