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Greek Recipes


Greek cuisine has absorbed influences from many sources, and some dishes (for example, Moussaka and Baklava) are shared with and have Turkish names. This is because Greece has been invaded many times during its long history, including being occupied by the Ottoman Turks for 400 years.

Perhaps the best-known Greek dish internationally is Moussaka, but the country also has much more to offer. While it is true that lamb is a traditional meat, other meats such as chicken, beef, and pork are also popular. Greek food also includes a wide variety of fish and seafood, which is unsurprising when you consider the country's long coastline, many islands, and the fact that no part of the Greek mainland more than 90 miles (144 kilometers) from the sea.

Common vegetables used in Greek cuisine include courgettes and eggplant. As lemons and olives also grow in Greece, these too are also widely used. Flavoring is added using basil, garlic, oregano and thyme.

Greece is also known for its unique feta cheese. This is a curd cheese in brine, which is traditionally made from goat's or ewe's milk. Feta is used both in salads and as an ingredient in other dishes, especially baked dishes.

Some popular Greek dishes include:
  • Village Salad/Country Salad (generally known outside of Greece and Cyprus as "Greek Salad") - This is a salad based on tomato, cucumber, bell peppers and red onion (lettuce is rarely used). The salad is seasoned with salt, black pepper and oregano, and dressed with olive oil. Additionally, feta cheese, olives and capers are sometimes added.

    Village Salad

  • Pita bread - A flat bread prepared using wheat flour and yeast, but prepared without being allowed to rise.

  • Greek dips - A variety of dips are commonly served with Pita bread, either as a starter or as a side dish. These include Hummus (chickpea dip), Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip), Skordalia (garlic sauce dip), Tahini (sesame paste dip), Taramosalata (carp roe dip) and Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip).

  • Keftedes - Fried meatballs with oregon and mint.

  • Dolmades - A memorable dish, made with grapevine leaves stuffed with rice, vegetables and sometimes meat.

  • Kleftiko - Lamb marinated in garlic and lemon, and then slowly baked on the bone in a pit oven. The name of this dish is derived from "Klepht" which refers to bandits and warlike mountain people who lived in the Greek countryside when Greece was part of the Ottomon Empire - most of whom participated in the Greek War of Independence. The word "Kleftiko" can be translated as "stolen meat" or the the "meat of thieves".

  • Stifado - A beef and onion stew, flavoured with red wine and cinnamon.

    Stifado

  • Moussaka - Perhaps the best-known Greek dish (outside of the Greece), moussaka is a baked dish consisting of layers of minced meat and sliced eggplant and tomato, topped with white sauce and baked.

  • Souvlaki - Meat, fish or shrimp grilled on a skewer.

    Souvlaki platter prepared for takeaway

  • Baklava - a sweet pastry made from layers of phyllo dough, with chopped nuts and sweetened with sugar or honey.
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The Complete Book of Greek Cooking: The Recipe Club of St. Paul's Orthodox Cathedral

By Recipe Club of St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Hempstead, N. Y.)/ Malhado, Manny (ILT)
Released: 1991-06-05
Paperback (352 pages)

The Complete Book of Greek Cooking: The Recipe Club of St. Paul s Orthodox Cathedral
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More than 200 unique and intriguing recipes for all kinds of Greek dishes.

Greek Cooking: The Classic Recipes Of Greece Made Simple - 70 Authentic Traditional Dishes From The Heart Of The Mediterranean Shown Step-By-Step In 280 Glorious Photographs

By Rena Salaman

Southwater
Paperback (96 pages)

Greek Cooking: The Classic Recipes Of Greece Made Simple - 70 Authentic Traditional Dishes From The Heart Of The Mediterranean Shown Step-By-Step In 280 Glorious Photographs
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Recipes range from appetizers, soups, fish and shellfish, poultry and meat; through vegetarian dishes, side dishes and salads; to desserts, cakes, sweets, pastries, cookies and breads.

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

WORKMAN PUBLISHING
Hardcover (240 pages)

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours
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Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by Epicurious

In Cooking with Loula, Alexandra Stratou invites readers into her Greek family’s kitchen, revealing their annual traditions and bringing their recipes to life—with touching remembrances of Kyria Loula (Kyria means “Mrs.” in Greek), the woman who cooked for three generations of Stratou’s family and who taught her that the secret ingredient in any beloved dish is the spirit the cook brings with her to the kitchen.

Many classic dishes are represented here, such as pastitsio and dolmades, as well as inventive, unconventional creations such as a green salad with avocado, apple, and Dijon mustard and a spinach gnocchi in which feta cheese appears alongside Gorgonzola. The nearly 100 recipes are all hearty and unfussy, and organized the way real home cooks think, with chapters for simple, healthful weekday dishes; more languorous Sunday meals; and traditional holiday fare. With hundreds of mouthwatering photographs and whimsical illustrations, this book is truly a gem.

The Complete Book of Greek Cooking: Explore This Classic Mediterranean Cuisine, With Over 160 Step-By-Step Recipes And Over 700 Stunning Photographs

By Rena Salaman

Southwater
Paperback (256 pages)

The Complete Book of Greek Cooking: Explore This Classic Mediterranean Cuisine, With Over 160 Step-By-Step Recipes And Over 700 Stunning Photographs
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Celebrate the evocative tastes and traditions of Greek food with this comprehensive collection of recipes.

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook: Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life

By Theo Stephan

Rockridge Press
Released: 2017-11-21
Paperback (262 pages)

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook: Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life
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Discover how rich a healthy lifestyle can taste with Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook

When you don’t have a Mediterranean breeze behind you, finding local ingredients for complex recipes can make it difficult to integrate Greek food into your lifestyle. With Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook you can spare yourself the odyssey of traveling just to eat fresh and flavorful food. Featuring easy-to-find ingredients for simple recipes, plus a regional overview of Greek food, Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook leads you on a culinary journey towards an appetizing and healthy lifestyle.

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook contains:

  • 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
  • Greek Kitchen Tips including how to stock your pantry and kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment, plus cooking techniques
  • A Regional Overview explaining Greek food from ancient times to modern day

Recipes in this Greek cookbook include: Kalamata Olive Spread, Greek Potato Salad, Spinach Rice, Vegetable Moussaka, Shrimp Santorini, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Greek Yogurt Brandy Cake, and much more!

Join Greek chefs Theodora Stephan and Christina Xenos as they share their favorite recipes for you to feast on with Mediterranean flare in Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook.

Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die

By Diane Kochilas

Rodale Books
Released: 2014-10-14
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Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die
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The remote and lush island of Ikaria in the northeastern Aegean is home to one of the longest-living populations on the planet, making it a "blue zone." Much of this has been attributed to Ikaria's stress-free lifestyle and Mediterranean diet-daily naps, frequent sex, a little fish and meat, free-flowing wine, mindless exercise like walking and gardening, hyper-local food, strong friendships, and a deep-rooted disregard for the clock.

No one knows the Ikarian lifestyle better than Chef Diane Kochilas, who has spent much of her life on the island. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Kochilas's Ikaria is an introduction to the food-as-life philosophy and a culinary journey through luscious recipes, gorgeous photography, and captivating stories from locals. Capturing the true spirit of the island, Kochilas explains the importance of shared food, the health benefits of raw and cooked salads, the bean dishes that are passed down through generations, the greens and herbal teas that are used in the kitchen and in the teapot as "medicine," and the nutritional wisdom inherent in the ingredients and recipes that have kept Ikarians healthy for so long.

Ikaria is more than a cookbook. It's a portrait of the people who have achieved what so many of us yearn for: a fuller, more meaningful and joyful life, lived simply and nourished on real, delicious, seasonal foods that you can access anywhere.

Secrets of Fat-free Greek Cooking: Over 100 Low-fat and Fat-free Traditional and Contemporary Recipes (Secrets of Fat-free Cooking)

By Elaine Gavalas

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Secrets of Fat-free Greek Cooking: Over 100 Low-fat and Fat-free Traditional and Contemporary Recipes (Secrets of Fat-free Cooking)
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Discover the world's healthiest and most delicious diet with Secret's of Fat-Free Greek Cooking. Naturally delicious, traditional Greek cooking uses simple, wholesome ingredients and is the perfect antidote to the typical high-calorie, processed foods diet. Now you can learn how to make mouth-watering traditional Greek delights, using the latest cooking products and techniques, for your eating pleasure. Includes complete nutritional analysis for each recipe and a glossary of commonly used ingredients.

Using Secret's of Fat-Free Greek Cooking as a companion book to The Yoga Minibook for Weight Loss can help you achieve and maintain your desired weight goals, make your best food choices, and enjoy a lifetime of delicious, healthful eating and good health. Secrets of Fat-Free Greek Cooking was featured on PBS nationally with the television program, "The Greek Americans".

Whether you are cooking for a holiday get-together, your family or yourself, you'll find Secrets of Fat-Free Greek Cooking a treasure trove of timeless Greek classics and contemporary favorites. The gods would approve.

Cooking with Greek Yogurt: Healthy Recipes for Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken, Greek Yogurt Pancakes, Mint Julep Smoothies, and More

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Greek yogurt really shows its versatility in cooking, as it won’t curdle like traditional yogurt. In this handy cookbook, learn how to make healthier comfort foods, such as Macaroni and Cheese, Seafood Chowder, and Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse.

Americans bought 50 percent more Greek yogurt in 2012 than they did in 2011, to the tune of $1.6 million. A staple of the Mediterranean kitchen, rich and creamy strained yogurt has taken over supermarket shelves here. Greek yogurt is calciumrich, full of healthy probiotics, and arguably healthier than traditional yogurt, boasting • Double the protein • Half the carbohydrates • Less lactose, and • Less salt Great on its own, Greek yogurt really shows its versatility in cooking, as it won’t curdle like traditional yogurt. In this handy cookbook, learn how to make healthier comfort foods, such as Macaroni and Cheese, Seafood Chowder, and Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse. Here, too, are tips and advice on substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream, mayonnaise, or cream cheese in favorite family dishes, as well as ways to make these recipes your own.


 
 
 

 
 
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