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A classic Greek Moussaka recipe made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling and topping it off with a delicious creamy bechamel sauce which is baked to golden perfection.
These are the iconic Greek dishes that Greek food enthusiasts know and love. A great way to sample a variety of the fabulous flavors of traditional Greek cooking.
A delicious phyllo pie made with spinach and feta cheese, Spanakopita is a classic Greek favorite that will work as an appetizer, side dish or even a light lunch or dinner.
Cool and creamy this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect compliment to grilled meat and vegetables. Serve with plenty of pita triangles for dipping.
Pastitsio consists of luscious layers of seasoned ground beef, pasta, and a creamy bechamel sauce baked to perfection. This is Greek comfort food at its finest.
Phyllo dough is easy to make, and the difference in taste when using it to make sweet and savory pies (pitas) is worth learning how.
Whether you run out, or just need a cup or two, making confectioner's sugar is a simple matter in the blender.
Chicken Soup Avgolemono is perhaps the most iconic of all Greek soups. It’s on the menu at every Greek restaurant or diner and you’ll find it as the first course at most Greek holiday celebrations.
These Greek potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The oven-roasted, Greek-style dish is the perfect side to practically any meal.
Ancient Greek foods were similar to the foods we know today, except that the variety was limited. Learn about ancient Greek foods.
Greek Ouzo - All About Greek Ouzo's Origin, Taste, Serving Suggestions,and Culture
Chicken and potatoes baked with lemon, garlic, and oregano. This is an easy recipe that produces fabulous results every time.
From simple grilled foods and vegetable dishes to rich layered casseroles and delicate pastries, Greek food is a wonderful mix of dishes that appeal to all tastes. The traditions of healthy country cooking have been expanded over the centuries, and today, Greece is famous for a diverse range of family meals, holiday foods, and elaborate presentation dishes.
There are many variations on recipes for dolmathakia (small dolmades), but this is one of my favorites using dill and mint. It calls for ground beef and rice, and can be served with a sauce or without.
An all-time favorite Greek pastry that comes in many different varieties. This version includes walnuts and almonds.
Covering the top 10 Greek recipes this far of 2014. Learn to make things like tzatziki, moussaka, pastitsio, dolmathes, and more!
Halloumi is a fabulous cheese from Cyprus and a favorite in Greek cooking. A quick and easy recipe for fried halloumi.
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.
In Greek: ÏÎ±Î³Î±Î½Î¬ÎºÎ¹ (pronounced sah-ghah-NAH-kee) Saganaki dishes take their name from the pan in which
Probably best known as the crowning touch to a Greek salad, feta cheese is wonderfully versatile and can be used in many different ways in a variety of dishes.
Greek olives are known the world over for their variety, flavors, and colors. Learn about the methods of home curing.
Tender grape leaves are used to wrap little parcels stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and fresh herbs. A great vegetarian appetizer, these can be served cold or at room temperature.
Impossible to resist, this custard pie called Galaktoboureko is one of the all-time favorite Greek desserts. A creamy custard filling is baked in flaky phyllo dough and then bathed in a delicious syrup.
Souvlaki is part of the Greek experience. By far the most popular “fast” food in Greece, they are relatively inexpensive lunch or dinner.
To get a taste of ancient Greece, here are links to recipes that reflect both ingredients and cooking techniques of ancient times.
Delicious packets of crisp phyllo pastry wrapped around a savory cheese filling. Enjoy these Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles at your next gathering.
A selection of quick and easy appetizers and mezethes to serve to unexpected guests, or when other food plans fall through. Hot and cold dishes to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere.
A traditional recipe with few ingredients, this is easy to make and a great example of the remarkable results achieved with the right balance of tastes and textures.
Because quinces have a high content of pectin, this jam is easy to make, with quinces, sugar, and a little lemon juice. Serve this as jam, or as a condiment with lamb and pork roasts.
This classic Greek salad relies heavily on the ripest and most aromatic tomatoes and has become world-popular, a staple in almost any Greek restaurant.
Learn how to make Greek coffee in easy steps with photos. Greek coffee is brewed thick and the grounds are poured into the cup along with the coffee. These steps will help you make the perfect cup to serve with pastries and desserts, or simply with a glass of cold water.
A lighter take on classic Greek fare, this Vegetarian Moussaka recipe keeps enough of the traditional flavors to satisfy Greek food fans even without the heavier ground meat sauce.
The Greek Meze Table - All about the Greek Meze or Appetizer Table
A delicious pancake mixture using greek yogurt to deliver nice fluffy pancakes. Give these Greek Yogurt pancakes a try!
This dip is a delicious appetizer and a favorite with regional differences in this part of the world. It's quick to make, no cooking involved, and it's vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. Chickpeas and tahini are combined with olive oil, lemon juices, spices and herbs.
Tarama is a type of caviar that is used to make this tasty spread called Taramosalata. The salty roe is lightened up with bread and olive oil and a hint of lemon juice to make a classic Greek appetizer.
Treat your Holiday guests to an array of Greek desserts and pastries. What better way to sweeten your holiday celebration?
Savory Greek meatballs called keftethes can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. Instead of frying, these are baked to make them a little bit healthier.
Octopus grilled over an open flame is a Greek classic, and a favorite meze to serve with ouzo and wine.
A moist and flavorful semolina cake with a sweet syrup flavored with orange zest. This recipe for Revani (also spelled Ravani) is sure to please your dessert lovers.
There are several variations of skorthalia (also spelled skordalia), some regional and some due to taste and ingredients preferences, but they all produce a pureed dip that goes wonderfully with fried cod, burgers, greens, and beets ... and some even enjoy it as a dip with bread.
Dense and creamy, this Greek rice pudding called Rizogalo (ree-ZOH-gah-loh) is more like a thick custard than a pudding. Flavored with lemon peel and vanilla, it is simply divine.
This basic recipe for Greek salad dressing, which can be used on Maroulosalata, a salad with Romaine lettuce, spring onions and fresh dill, uses oil and vinegar and is quick and easy.
Use commercial or homemade yogurt to make the thick, strained yogurt used in cooking and preparing Greek recipes.
Make Greek gyro at home without an upright rotisserie grill. This homemade version of pork gyro includes most of the elements that make professionally-made Greek gyros so fabulous.
The quintessential summer food, this recipe for stuffed tomatoes with rice and ground beef is ideal for summer entertaining. Make them the day ahead and simply reheat for serving.
Though the name is hard to pronounce, Melomakarona (meh-loh-mah-KAH-roh-nah) are delicious and not very hard to make. Also known as Finikia (fee-NEE-kya), these are traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, but you can certainly enjoy them year round.
A favorite to serve with dips and spreads, and pita wraps (sandwiches) of all descriptions, pita bread is not difficult to make, and freezes well.
In Greek: Î³ÏÏÎ¿, pronounced YEE-roh ( How to Make Gyro at Home ) Making gyro is a major undertaking, and
Rule of thumb for measurements of herbs when converting fresh to dry or vice versa.
Feta is a very popular cheese used as a table cheese, in pastries, and in cooked dishes. It adds a classic Greek taste to any meal. Let's go shopping for Greek feta and learn how to store it.
Pasta with meat sauce in Greece is called Makaronia me Kima (kee-MAH). There are many variations on this traditional recipe with each chef adding their own personal touch. This recipe for Makaronia me Kima is the one enjoyed most by our family.
If you have access to grapevines – in a vineyard, on a grape arbor, or growing wild – you have a treasure trove of taste at hand! Learn how to use them fresh from the vine or store them for future use.
Without a doubt, this dish is one of the best-known and beloved recipes in all of Greek cooking. A delicious and easy chicken recipe with the signature flavors of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano.
Greek tzatziki is a staple within the foods of Greece. A delicious cucumber yogurt dip, it adds a cool and refreshing flavor boost to many different dishes.
Pasteli is a favorite Greek candy, and can be made with a variety of seeds and nuts. Called
Ouzo is generally served alone or with ice and water, however it is also an ingredient in several cocktails. Here are some cocktail recipes using ouzo. Page 3.
Greek mountain tea is credited with a wide range of health benefits, and most Greek homes have a supply on hand. Made from the medicinal Sideritis plant, Greeks believe that a cup a day has infinitely more benefits than an apple.
This drink is so popular in Greece that many homes have soda fountain-type drink mixers in order to make it even easier. Here's how to make this version of iced coffee by hand.
Frozen squid is much more readily available than fresh in many markets. Here's what you need to know about defrosting and preparing frozen squid for cooking.
The name for Koulourakia comes from their round twisted shape but you will also see them shaped as small braids or in the shape of the letter “S.” Kids will love helping you shape these traditional Greek cookies.
These traditional Greek sweet treats are easy to make and are perfect to give as gifts or to satisfy a sweet tooth.
This recipe for traditional Greek country bread produces a dense bread with a thick crust, perfect for sopping up the delicious Greek sauces and dressings.
Centuries of culinary and cultural influences have gone into making modern-day Greek foods some of the healthiest and tastiest in the world. Learn about the ingredients, history, and achievements that have brought Greek cooking into the limelight.
Greeks love to sit around a table of small plates of delicious food, sharing the food and good company. Here are some appetizer and mezethes that require no utensils. Just grab and enjoy!
A delicious and healthy side dish, horta vrasta or boiled greens are a staple in any Greek household.
The Greek alphabet has 24 letters. Here's what they look like, how the name of the letter is pronounced, and how the letter sounds when spoken.
Greece produces some of the finest cheeses in the world, for every type of cooking and every occasion. Learn about the cheeses of Greece and how to use them.
The best Greek cooks make wise use of herbs and spices, and experimenting with subtle changes often results in the creation of a new and wonderful variation of an old standard recipe.
Greek recipes for vegetarians were not developed or adapted from other recipes, but are a traditional part of Greek cuisine. Enjoy these favorites.
Youvetsi (yoo-VEH-tsee) is a traditional Greek stew that is usually made with beef or lamb. The meat is cooked in a rich tomato sauce together with orzo pasta and finished with a heap of grated Kefalotyri cheese on top. It gets its name from the distinctive covered clay dish in which it is baked.
Kourabiethes are delicious buttery cookies with almonds that are covered in powdered sugar. A must for any Greek celebration and very popular at weddings and especially during the holidays.
This is the basic recipe for the medium-thick white sauce used in Greek recipes for moussaka, pastitsio. Variations include thick and thin versions used in au gratin dishes, filled pies, croquettes, and other dishes.
Easter is the most important religious observance of the Greek Orthodox faith, and both before and after the Resurrection, traditions include food. Learn more about the foods and traditions of Greek Easter.
Kataïfi is a pastry that looks like it is wrapped in shredded wheat. It is a traditional pastry made with nuts on the inside and soaked in a sugar or honey syrup. This recipe is a rolled version, with shredded dough wrapped around an almond and walnut filling, and after cooking, the pastry is soaked in a sweet syrup.
A delicious Moussaka recipe. This classic Greek eggplant dish is sure to please the family and can be made many different ways.
Karidopita is a moist and flavorful Greek walnut cake that is flavored with cinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup.
Name in Greek and Pronunciation: kythoni (or kydoni), ÎºÏ Î´ÏÎ½Î¹, pronounced kee-THOH-nee Ancient Provenance:
Loukoumades are golden puffs of fried dough that are bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts.
This recipe for olive paste (tapenade) is a quick and easy blender dish, made with black or green olives and garlic. This spread is a perfect accompaniment to Ouzo and wines, and can also be used as an ingredient in cooked recipes and in sandwiches. It's a favorite served as a condiment with grilled swordfish, as well.
Christmas is an observance of faith in Greece and, all over the country, tables will be set with foods that have become traditions over the centuries.
A favorite Greek street food and snack, this version of bougatsa has a custard filling and is sliced and served warm, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar and cinnamon.
Ted Christou shares his recipe and technique for spit-roasting a whole lamb with photos and step-by-step instructions.
A moist and tender apple cake that is the perfect showcase for crisp and delicious apples. Serve this with some ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce and enjoy with coffee or tea.
A traditional Greek favorite at holidays and celebrations, Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes is sure to please a crowd.
Baklava is made in every region of Greece (and throughout the Middle East) and, as a dish that requires some time and expense to make, it is generally reserved for special occasions. Learn more about baklava and its many variations.
Layers of potato slices, cheese, ground meat sauce, and a creamy bechamel topping. An oven-to-table casserole that can be made in large quantities and frozen for later use.
Name days have a singular importance in the lives of members of the Greek Orthodox faith. Learn more about these celebrations and when they occur, including a monthly calendar.
Some basic facts, uses, origins, and history of sumac (sumaki), a spice used in Greek cuisine. Learn how to recognize, to cook with, and where to buy sumac.
A fabulous and easy meatless appetizer or main dish of eggplant, tomato, herbs, and feta cheese.
Avgolemono or Greek Egg-lemon Soup, is a delicious soup made with eggs, lemon, chicken, and rice. It's simple and easy to make. A Great Greek recipe!
A staple of any Greek household, Fassolatha is a classic white bean soup that is hearty, nutritious, and delicious.
Legumes are an important part of the Greek diet, and lentil soup is a perennial favorite as well as a lenten dish consumed during fasting periods in the Greek Orthodox faith.
Cabbage leaves stuffed with a meat and rice mixture and served with an egg-lemon sauce (avgolemono). A Greek winter classic.
Greek Meatballs in Egg-Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono) is a cross between a soup and a stew. You will really enjoy these savory meatballs bathed in a tangy egg-lemon sauce that is just perfect for dipping bread.
Toasted pita bread - with nothing added but olive oil - is delicious as a bread to serve with meals, and as a scoop for dips. This is easy, quick, and has only two ingredients.
Coarse semolina is toasted in oil and then bathed in hot syrup that is flavored with cinnamon, cloves and orange peel. A simple and elegant dessert that can also be enjoyed during the Lenten season.
Here's an easy to follow calendar of holidays and fast days. There are four main fasting periods, and individual fast days, in the Greek Orthodox faith, and while food is allowed, it is restricted.
Greek meatball soup, Youvarlakia Avgolemono is a traditional soup flavored with lemon egg sauce, know as Avgolemono.
This pastitsio recipe is something the whole family will love! The Greek's version of lasagna. A baked pasta dish with meat and cheese topped with creamy Béchamel
Green beans in a savory tomato sauce flavored with olive oil and seasoned with garden fresh herbs. Enjoy this dish is a vegetarian entree or a savory side dish.
Many Greek recipes for baked goods (and others) call for lukewarm water. How hot is that?
Spanakopita Bites are mini phyllo pastry shells filled with a delicious spinach and feta cheese filling. They are easy to prepare and can be a quick and easy alternative to rolling and wrapping individual phyllo triangles.
There is a separate custom of serving food in Greece called meze. Not an appetizer, and not an hors d'oeuvre, learn more about the meze (plural mezethes) and how to serve it.
Ted Christou is a Greek American who has been making a spit-roasted lamb every year at Easter for the past 20 years, and he shares his fabulous recipe.
A delicious cinnamon-spiced chicken stew, Kapama is wonderful served over pasta or orzo. While it's simmering, this recipe for Chicken Kapama will also fill your home with the most delightful aromas.
Beef, boiler onions, and a collection of fabulous herbs create a classic Greek stew.
The light flaky pastry used to make some of Greece's most famous desserts and savory pies is often thought to be
This potato salad has a traditional oil-lemon dressing. Delicious, easy, and quick, it brings potatoes to the table in a new way.
This recipe for Greek-style Baked Fish or Psari Plaki takes ho-hum fish fillets and transforms them into a fish entrée worth writing about. Tender white fish is baked in a lemon and white wine broth and topped with a chunky sauce made from onions, celery and tomatoes.
This dip is a classic Greek appetizer, and this variation creates a chunky texture with chopped eggplant and tomatoes mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, and spices.
The soda water in the batter is what makes these thinly sliced strips of eggplant so delightful. Quick frying in hot oil keeps the eggplant from getting oil-soaked. Enjoy as a side dish or, with other dishes, as a meze.
Squid (calamari) is sometimes, but not always, sold cleaned. If you find yourself with uncleaned squid, follow these easy steps to clean and prepare it for cooking.
Self-rising flour has been widely available in the Greek market for many years, and some recipes may call for it. If you don't have any on hand, or just prefer not to buy it, you can make your own. It's very easy.
This is an easy and relatively quick recipe for a homemade white yeast bread without a bread machine.
Phyllo Triangles - Step by Step Photo Tutorial on How to Fold Phyllo Triangles
Add aroma, taste, and color with herbs. This list include those herbs that are most commonly used in Greek recipes, their English names, Greek alliteration and pronunciation, and the names in Greek.
Yigandes are similar to (but bigger than) dried lima beans, and this oven-to-table casserole combines them with tomatoes, onions, herbs, and spices to create a fabulous dish. This can also be served as a side dish or (on small plates) as a meze.
Greek Recipe for Yiouvetsi with Ground Lamb
Made with fresh or frozen spinach, this is a quick Greek dish to fix and a delicious and healthy addition to any meal. This version includes tomato paste.
Gastrin was known as a Cretan sweet in Roman times. Similar in preparation and appearance to baklava, it has some unusual ingredients.
This is a delightful summer salad of watermelon, feta cheese, thin slices of red onion, and balsamic vinegar.
A delicious alternative to the heavier Eggplant Parmesan, this recipe for Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta makes a wonderful vegetarian entree or side dish.
In Greek: ÎºÏÎº, pronounced "coke" Kok cream puffs are made by filling two small cake-type cookies with
These recipes will introduce your fledgling chef to Greek cooking in a fun way. Folding classic cheese pies, forming cookie twists, and stirring up a scramble with feta cheese are among the skills kids will love to use!
Almost too quick and easy to be called a
Kolokythokeftedes, Greek zucchini fritters are an excellent Greek appetizer to serve.
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 or main dish as well.
Phyllo dough sheets, used in creating Greek pastries and filled pies, are delicate, dry out quickly, and can be challenging to use - but there's nothing else quite like them for that perfect, flaky texture. Use these tips to make working with phyllo a breeze.
Learning to cook the foods we eat in Greece is as much about learning the way we eat (several small dishes can make a meal) as it is about the recipes. Here are my suggestions for where to start.
A great range of colors and tastes to tempt the palate. From hot and biting to mild and sweet, spices listed include those native to Greece and spices from distant lands that have found a home in Greek cooking. The list includes the English name, Greek alliteration, pronunciation, and the name in Greek.
Greek olive oil is the world's finest, and good olive oil is an essential ingredient in Greek cooking. Before you go shopping for Greek olive oil, here are some things to consider.
A sweet egg bread that is the traditional bread of Greek Easter. With or without the festive red egg this is a sweet and delicious treat that will be the centerpiece of any holiday table.
Stuffed cabbage rolls or Lahanodolmathes (lah-hah-noh-dol-MAH-thes) is a traditional Greek dish that is customarily made with Avgolemono (Egg-lemon) sauce. This version pairs the delicious meat and rice stuffing with a tomato-based sauce.
Souvlaki is chicken skewers marinade in Greek herbs and spices. It's easy to make and if you'r a chicken lover, you'll love this dish!
This lemon pound cake recipe gives us one more reason to love Greek yogurt. It really delivers a moist and creamy cake that can be dressed up or down as you see fit.
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.
This recipe for Briam is a delicious oven roasted vegetable dish featuring potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in a savory sauce.
Name days celebrated during the month of October.
This is one of the classic Greek sauces, and is traditionally added to stuffed vine leaves, stuffed cabbage, and meatballs with rice; however, it also adds a perfect touch to almost any vegetable dish.
Use dough directly from the refrigerator. Start with a handful of dough and cover the rest with plastic
Whether you make homemade phyllo or buy a thick type of phyllo known as sfoliata that can be rolled out with a rolling pin like any other dough, except that it needs to be a lot thinner than most. Take a look at how it's done in photos. Page 3.
One step, two ingredients, three minutes to make. Fresh fruit is a favorite Greek dessert. Dress it up a bit with Greek honey!
Trahanas is a pebble-size pasta that is fried, used in soups and stews the same way as rice or other pasta, and made into soups that are Greek favorites.
The Greeks take on tomato soup. This tomato soup with orzo recipe in a great way to try a new and exciting tomato soup that is creamy and made with greek yogurt. Known as Domatosoupa Me Kritharaki
Baklava is one of the most popular Greek desserts. This baklava recipe is easy to follow along and so your whole family can have this delectable dessert!
This Greek style couscous recipe is easy to make and sure to wow your guest. Using figs and pistachios, a unique texture is created to bring couscous to new heights.
This version of Melitzanosalata is perfect as an appetizer dip and accompaniment to other foods. A simple recipe with few ingredients.
: In Greek: Î¼Î±ÏÏÎ¯ÏÎ± Mastiha starts as a semi-transparent sap from lentisk trees (actually evergreen bushes)
Students of Ancient Greece ask questions about cooking methods. Here are your Guide's answers.