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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.
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.
Whether you run out, or just need a cup or two, making confectioner's sugar is a simple matter in the blender.
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.
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.
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.
Souvlaki is part of the Greek experience. By far the most popular “fast” food in Greece, they are relatively inexpensive lunch or dinner.
In Greek: ÏÎ±Î³Î±Î½Î¬ÎºÎ¹ (pronounced sah-ghah-NAH-kee) Saganaki dishes take their name from the pan in which
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a delightful summer salad of watermelon, feta cheese, thin slices of red onion, and balsamic vinegar.
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.
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.
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.
Halloumi is a fabulous cheese from Cyprus and a favorite in Greek cooking. A quick and easy recipe for fried halloumi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An all-time favorite Greek pastry that comes in many different varieties. This version includes walnuts and almonds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious packets of crisp phyllo pastry wrapped around a savory cheese filling. Enjoy these Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles at your next gathering.
Rule of thumb for measurements of herbs when converting fresh to dry or vice versa.
Greek olives are known the world over for their variety, flavors, and colors. Learn about the methods of home curing.
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.
Use commercial or homemade yogurt to make the thick, strained yogurt used in cooking and preparing Greek recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ancient Greek foods were similar to the foods we know today, except that the variety was limited. Learn about ancient Greek foods.
This potato salad has a traditional oil-lemon dressing. Delicious, easy, and quick, it brings potatoes to the table in a new way.
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.
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.
In Greek: Î³ÏÏÎ¿, pronounced YEE-roh ( How to Make Gyro at Home ) Making gyro is a major undertaking, and
Greek recipes for vegetarians were not developed or adapted from other recipes, but are a traditional part of Greek cuisine. Enjoy these favorites.
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.
These fried zucchini are often served as an appetizer/meze as well as a side dish. Soda water in the batter makes them delightfully airy and crunchy.
Loukoumades are golden puffs of fried dough that are bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts.
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.
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.
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.
A fabulous and easy meatless appetizer or main dish of eggplant, tomato, herbs, and feta cheese.
A delicious and healthy side dish, horta vrasta or boiled greens are a staple in any Greek household.
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.
Treat your Holiday guests to an array of Greek desserts and pastries. What better way to sweeten your holiday celebration?
This version of Melitzanosalata is perfect as an appetizer dip and accompaniment to other foods. A simple recipe with few ingredients.
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.
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.
Greece produces a fine crop of beets and they're often paired with garlic or yogurt. This simple salad of beets and garlic can be made in under 15 minutes, if using canned beets.
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.
A traditional Greek favorite at holidays and celebrations, Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes is sure to please a crowd.
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.
Stuffed grape leaves are a classic Greek dish. Follow along with these step by step directions and you will be stuffing and rolling with the pros in no time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This recipe for Briam is a delicious oven roasted vegetable dish featuring potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in a savory sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Almost too quick and easy to be called a
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.
Karidopita is a moist and flavorful Greek walnut cake that is flavored with cinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup.
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.
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.
Pasteli is a favorite Greek candy, and can be made with a variety of seeds and nuts. Called
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!
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.
Greek-style grilling is pure and simple. This marinade recipe can be used for grilling chicken or pork chops that the whole family will enjoy.
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.
This is an easy and relatively quick recipe for a homemade white yeast bread without a bread machine.
A delicious alternative to the heavier Eggplant Parmesan, this recipe for Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta makes a wonderful vegetarian entree or side dish.
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.
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.
Souvlaki, chunks of meat on little skewers, are a favorite in Greece, and this version with lamb is a tasty meze to accompany spirits or pre-dinner beverages. This recipe calls for three days of marinating, and cooking on the fourth day, so plan ahead. The end result is worth it.
Ted Christou shares his recipe and technique for spit-roasting a whole lamb with photos and step-by-step instructions.
A colorful and delicious pasta salad recipe featuring the unmistakable creaminess of Greek yogurt in the dressing. Serves 8.
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.
A delicious Moussaka recipe. This classic Greek eggplant dish is sure to please the family and can be made many different ways.
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.
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 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.
Beef, boiler onions, and a collection of fabulous herbs create a classic Greek stew.
Delicious little kebabs of ground meat which are lightly fried then bathed in wine and tomato sauce. This dish hails from Smyrni or modern day Izmir.
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.
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.
: In Greek: Î¼Î±ÏÏÎ¯ÏÎ± Mastiha starts as a semi-transparent sap from lentisk trees (actually evergreen bushes)
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.
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.
Learn how to remove the seeds from a cucumber in step-by-step photos.
Fava is made with yellow split peas (or yellow daal), and pureed to create an appetizer or meze that goes exceptionally well with salty dishes and fish, as well as dark leafy greens. This is a great dish for vegetarians and vegans as well.
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.
In Greek: Î¼ÎµÎ»Î¹ÏÎ¶Î¬Î½ÎµÏ ÏÎ±ÏÎ¿Ï ÏÏÎ¬ÎºÎ¹Î±, pronounced meh-leed-ZAH-nes pah-poot-SAHK-yah Once prepared, these
Name days celebrated during the month of July.
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.
This traditional Greek vegetable main dish is a delightful combination of eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions.
Zucchini fritters or Kolokithokeftethes are a delicious addition to your meze (appetizer) table or buffet. They are absolutely delicious topped with tzatziki sauce.
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.
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.
Many Greek recipes for baked goods (and others) call for lukewarm water. How hot is that?
Zucchini blossoms (and the blossoms from other squash) are a Greek favorite, and can be cooked in several ways. This version calls for rice, tomatoes, and herbs, cooked on the stove.
To get a taste of ancient Greece, here are links to recipes that reflect both ingredients and cooking techniques of ancient times.
These traditional Greek sweet treats are easy to make and are perfect to give as gifts or to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Phyllo Triangles - Step by Step Photo Tutorial on How to Fold Phyllo Triangles
Cabbage leaves stuffed with a meat and rice mixture and served with an egg-lemon sauce (avgolemono). A Greek winter classic.
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.
The light flaky pastry used to make some of Greece's most famous desserts and savory pies is often thought to be
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.
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.
A quick and easy appetizer or light main meal, grilled calamari is best when it's grilled and served immediately. Enjoy with plenty of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a chilled glass of ouzo.
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.
Cabbage leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and herbs can be made with the full cabbage leaf as a main course, or made into small rolls as an appetizer using pieces of the leaf. A favorite Lenten dish.
Garden snails are a specialty on the Greek island of Crete, where they are traditionally enjoyed in huge quantities in August. Before cooking, the snails need to be cleaned and washed. Here's how to do it.
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 favorite side dish or light vegetarian meal, Stewed Okra with Tomato is a simple way to enjoy this often underappreciated vegetable.
How many calories do Greek foods have? With this list, we'll keep tabs on calories of the most well-known Greek dishes.
A delightful light coconut cake drenched in a scented syrup. The recipe calls for self-rising flour.
Stuffed vegetables are a staple of the Summer season and this version of Kolokithia Yemista or Greek-style Stuffed Zucchini is a great way to enjoy the bounty.
Find authentic Greek food items and ingredients at these online shopping resources. They include online
Feta cheese is a familiar sight at a Greek meal, and just because you're cooking outside on the grill, that doesn't mean feta can join the fun.
A quick and easy dip that combines the piquant flavors of roasted red peppers and Feta cheese. Delicious served with fresh veggies or with toasted pita bread triangles.
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.
Tender grape leaves are stuffed with a savory meat and rice filling and bathed in a tangy egg-lemon sauce called Avgolemono. This is a perfect one-pot meal for a chilly day. Don’t forget the bread for dipping in the sauce!
A delicious appetizer or meze made with shrimp, feta cheese, and tomatoes. The recipe serves two and is easy to increase.
A quick and easy pie to assemble and bake made with zucchini, onions, leek and feta cheese. Perfect for a lunch or dinner or even a quick snack.
A staple of any Greek household, Fassolatha is a classic white bean soup that is hearty, nutritious, and delicious.
It's quick, easy, and a delicious way to get a salad on the table. Perfect for busy cooks who are as concerned about taste as they are about presentation.
Myzithra is a variation of manouri cheese, with less fat content. It comes in three varieties, fresh - soft with almost no salt, used in baking - sour, with yeast and salt added, and aged - hard and salty, and the perfect grating cheese.
In Crete, rusks are generally made from a barley bread, and other types of rusks and crushed rusks are often used in Greek cooking and serving Greek foods.