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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)

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More than 200 unique and intriguing recipes for all kinds of Greek dishes.

A Taste of Greece: Greek Cooking Made Easy with Authentic Greek Recipes (The Best Recipes from Around the World)

By Sarah Spencer

Independently published
Paperback (143 pages)

A Taste of Greece: Greek Cooking Made Easy with Authentic Greek Recipes (The Best Recipes from Around the World)
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Bring the flavors of Greece into your kitchen with easy to make, authentic Greek Recipes!

***BLACK AND WHITE EDITION***

From ancient times to the modern day, Greek cooking has evolved to be some of the healthiest around the globe. Greek culture has given a loving name for their own food; they call it “the food of the Gods.” With a focus on including whole and local foods, the Greek diet helps to maintain heart health and prevent the development of diabetes, and some areas of Greece are recognized as having some of the lowest cancer rates in the world.

And it’s not just good for us; it’s delicious! Greek food is hailed across the world for its amazingly textured cuisine that provides a perfect balance of different flavors. Greek foods are naturally healthy and full of flavors, reflecting the culture’s deep and sentimental attachment to their local food.



Inside, you’ll find:

  • Introduction to cooking food in Greece, the ingredients that are often used and the common methods
  • Delightful appetizer recipes such as the Fried Cheese Saganaki, the Spinach, and Cheese Pie Spanokopita, and the Traditional Greek Hummus
  • Tasty salad and soup recipes such as the Classic Greek Salad, the Eggplant Salad Melitzanosalata, and the Lentil Soup Fakes
  • Delicious sandwich and bread recipes like the Greek Pita Bread, the Chicken Gyro Pita Sandwich, and the Greek Burger with Kefalotyri
  • Bountiful beef, lamb and pork recipes such as the Beef Kebabs, Greek Lamb Chops, and the Classic Moussaka
  • Wholesome chicken and poultry recipes like the Greek-Style Grilled Chicken, the Chicken Gyro, and the Chicken Feta Orzo
  • Satisfying fish and seafood recipes like the Grilled Octopus, the Shrimp Kebabs, and the Stuffed Squid
  • Vegetarian and side recipes like the Manestra Pasta, the Gigantes Plaki Butter Beans, and the Baked Lemon Potatoes
  • Luscious dessert recipes such as the Baklava, the Honey Loukoumades, and the Semolina Halva

All recipes come with a detailed list of ingredients, cooking and preparation times, number of servings and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. .

Let's start cooking! Scroll back up and order your copy today!

Greek Cooking My Way: Traditional Recipes Infused with World Flavors

By Stefania Luxenberg

Chef Stef Publications
Hardcover (234 pages)

Greek Cooking My Way: Traditional Recipes Infused with World Flavors
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About Greek Cooking My Way,

Syros, the first port of Greece, is the capital of the Cycladic Islands. A four-hour boat trip from Athens will take you to a “mecca of culture.” On this small island in the Aegean Sea a future chef was born several decades ago into a household with a very special vivacious room.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where nutritious meals are crafted, where guests often socialize, and where countless hours helping mom prepare holiday dinners have transpired.

We have memories of our mothers working tirelessly over crowded counter tops and glowing stoves, preparing delectable, filling and wholesome meals that the family savored together.

Thus, a young Stefania became a culinary student learning the craft of cooking, and the joy of preparing family meals. It is a rite of passage when a child is entrusted family recipes to be enjoyed for years to come. As Stefania grew older, her pallet hungered for the diverse wonders of food from other cultures.

Chef Stefania’s culinary odyssey began taking her throughout Europe and from coast to coast in the United States living up to her motto, “Have Spatula – Will Travel.”  As a personal chef, this exciting journey provided her the opportunity to prepare cuisine for clients in locations such as Syros, Greece; Palm Beach, Florida; Bridgehampton, New York, Rancho Santa Fe and Laguna Beach, California. Her clients and their guests have included some of the most renowned and particular entrepreneurs, executives, politicians, entertainers, sports personalities and an Academy Award winning screenwriter.

While in Greece, Stefania was the owner of two restaurants where patrons enthusiastically consumed dishes made from her family’s recipes enhanced with her special touch and personal recipes infused with world flavors. Patrons often commented, “You taught us how to eat.”

As each restaurant rose in popularity, newspapers and magazines gave Stefania praise and recognition. This admiration resulted in Stefania becoming a guest chef on Greek television shows. Later, she was selected to be a member of the Greek Culinary Presentation Team for the “Flavors of the World Conference” held at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California.

An entrepreneurial client, who has employed Stefania for the last nine years, and is responsible for the success of a major book distribution chain, urged Stefania to write a cookbook. His dinner guests thoroughly enjoyed her cuisine, and wanted to know when they could purchase Stefania’s cookbook. Their comments and requests triggered the genesis of “Greek Cooking My Way.”

This enthusiasm launched Stefania’s cookbook creation pilgrimage. She assembled numerous traditional family recipes handed down to her through generations. Next, Stefania fused her own Greek recipes with world flavors she discovered on her frequent trips throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, South America, and the United States. The result is a clear step-by-step recipe roadmap with tips to enable the reader to perfectly recreate her cuisine.

Stefania’s clients have bestowed on her phrases like: “You make us happy”, “We love you”, “Cook for us for life” and “You’re a member of our family.”

Stefania hopes that you will also enjoy her creations, the food that has delighted her family and friends for generations.

“Stin eyasu” (“To Your Good Health")

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

WORKMAN PUBLISHING
Released: 2016-05-03
Hardcover (240 pages)

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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.

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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Natural Greek cuisine this healthy and this delicious has never been this easy.

Bring the healthy and mouthwatering flavors of Greece home with Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. Filled with traditional dishes, this Greek cookbook combines great tastes with food that’s good for you. From Kalamata Olive Spread and Vegetable Moussaka to Shrimp Santorini and Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, these dishes will have you shouting “Opa!”

Worried about finding the right ingredients? This Greek cookbook brings you authentic dishes without needing to visit the Mediterranean to shop. Learn how to stock your pantry, explore Greek flavor profiles, and master cooking techniques.

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook includes:

  • 90 healthy Greek recipes―Discover how easy it is to craft sumptuous Greek dishes in your kitchen using easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions.
  • Helpful tips and tricks―This Greek cookbook is filled with handy suggestions for substituting ingredients, advice for better cooking, timesavers, and more.
  • Live Greek―Get insight into why Greek food is so good for you―as well as healthy lifestyle tips drawn straight from Greece.

Eat healthy without sacrificing flavor thanks to Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook.

Greek Cookery: 300 Traditional Recipes

By Aspasia Angelikopoulu

Brand: Publications Greco Card
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Greek Cookery: 300 Traditional Recipes
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A culinary review of history reveals that food concoctions of many ethnic groups bear the stamp of Greek cooking. A source of inspiration for the contemporary cook, this book offers not only hundreds of tasty recipes, but suggestions for delightful, impressive menus, a feast of main dishes, and luscious dessert ideas--all with step-by-step instructions and amazing true-to-life illustrations. Full color throughout.

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook: A Mediterranean Cookbook with 101 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

By Salinas Press

Salinas Press
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The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook: A Mediterranean Cookbook with 101 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes
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Enjoy classic Mediterranean cookbook recipes straight from your slow cooker with The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook.

This delectable Mediterranean cookbook gives you over 100 simple and filling meals packed with the fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and heart-healthy fats traditional to Greece, Italy, and Spain. By making Mediterranean cookbook recipes in your slow cooker, you will not only save time in the kitchen, but you will also create savory and wholesome meals fit for the whole family. This handy Mediterranean cookbook will show you how to easily create healthy slow cooker meals, even on a busy weeknight.

Let The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook add delicious Mediterranean cookbook recipes to your menu, with:

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  • Flavor Profiles of 5 different regions from the editors of the Mediterranean Cookbook
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Recipes in this Mediterranean cookbook include: Mediterranean Beef Stew, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding, and much more!

With simple recipes and flavorful ingredients, The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook will bring savory, Mediterranean flavors to your plate--and extra time to your day.

Greece: The Cookbook

By Vefa Alexiadou

PHAIDON PRESS
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Greece: The Cookbook
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Greece: The Cookbook is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.

Greece: The Cookbook is the first truly comprehensive bible of Greek food in English. Rapidly increasing in popularity, Greek food is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious, and, more than most other cuisines, bears all the hallmarks of the rich cultural history of the land and sea from which it is drawn. It is the original Mediterranean cuisine, where olive oil, bread, wine, figs, grapes and cheese have been staples since the beginnings of Western civilization. With hundreds of simple recipes by Vefa Alexiadou, the authoritative grand dame of Greek cookery, the book also includes information on regional specialities, local ingredients and the religious and historical significance of the dishes, and is illustrated with 230 colour photographs. Greece: The Cookbook is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.

The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

By Aglaia Kremezi

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2015-03-31
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The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean
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The best-selling collection of simple, seasonal recipes for the foods of the Greek Islands from a Julia Child Award–winner, available for the first time in paperback.

In this book, called by Time “the next best thing to a cruise through the Greek islands,” Aglaia Kremezi showcases the fresh, uncomplicated recipes—many of them vegetarian—that she collected from local women, fishermen, bakers, and farmers. Like all Mediterranean food, these dishes are light, simple, and feature seasonal produce, fresh herbs, and fish.

Passed from generation to generation by word of mouth, most of these recipes have never before been written down. All translate easily to the American home kitchen: Finger-Sized Fried Greens Pies; Onion, Tomato, and Feta Turnovers; Cod with Artichokes.

Filled with lush photographs and stories of island life, The Foods of the Greek Islands is for all cooks and travelers who want to experience this diverse and deeply rooted cuisine firsthand.


 
 
 

 
 
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