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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.

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.

Greek Cookbook: Traditional Greek Recipes Made Easy

By Grizzly Publishing

Independently published
Paperback (146 pages)

Greek Cookbook: Traditional Greek Recipes Made Easy
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Greek food has developed a sound reputation for being tasty, healthy, and colourful – and it is for this reason that it needs to spend more time in your kitchen, and less time out at restaurants for special occasions.

Greek food is built around simple ingredients prepared in such a way that accentuates their natural flavours. This creates truly delicious meals that are easy to prepare and require very minimal time commitment.

What more could you want?

By providing you with a simple step by step approach to integrating Greek food into your kitchen, this book is perfect for both the novice and expert cook alike.

In this book, you will learn how to cook:

  • Healthy Greek breakfast
  • Fantastic Greek appetizers
  • Hearty Greek dinners
  • Sweet Greek desserts

There is a reason that Greek cuisine is one of the most well-regarded on the planet – its healthy, simple, and downright delicious.

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A Taste of Greece: Greek Cooking Made Easy with Authentic Greek Recipes (Best Recipes from Around the World Book 1)

By Sarah Spencer

The Cookbook Publisher
Released: 2019-04-09
Kindle Edition (151 pages)

A Taste of Greece: Greek Cooking Made Easy with Authentic Greek Recipes (Best Recipes from Around the World Book 1)
 
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Bring the flavors of Greece into your kitchen with easy to make, authentic Greek Recipes!

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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


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Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Hardcover (264 pages)

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The 7 1/2 X 9 1/4 size, with illustrated washable cover is just right for convenient counter use. All recipes are in a larger than usual, easy-to-read type face. Even the amateur cook can concoct all the savory culinary pleasures of the Greek cuisine using this delightful cookbook.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day

America s Test Kitchen
Released: 2016-12-27
Paperback (440 pages)

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Bring the Mediterranean--from Italy and Greece, to Morocco and Egypt, to Turkey and Lebanon--into your kitchen with more than 500 fresh, flavorful recipes. This comprehensive cookbook translates the famously healthy Mediterranean diet for home cooks with a wide range of creative recipes, many fast enough to be made on a weeknight, using ingredients available at your local supermarket.

The structure of the book follows the guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. You'll find large chapters devoted to Beans and to Vegetables, the Seafood Chapter is larger than Poultry and Meat, and the Fruits and Sweets chapter, while shorter, is packed with recipes you can truly feel good eating.

Recipes include Spiced Baked Rice with Potatoes and Fennel, Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Parmesan, Orzo with Shrimp, Feta, and Lemon, Za'atar-Rubbed Chicken, Greek-Style Braised Pork with Leeks, and Orange Polenta Cake.

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

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Countryman Press
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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.

Popular Greek Recipes

By Ladies Philoptochos Society

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Popular Greek Recipes
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· Over 400 traditional family favorites and timeless Mediterranean classics.

· Heart-healthy Lenten recipes follow vegetarian and vegan diets.

· Menu suggestions and mealtime prayers.

· Pages interwoven with helpful hints and variations.


 
 
 

 
 
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