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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 Church
Released: 1991-06-05
Paperback (352 pages)

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

Greek Village Cooking: The Short and Happy Tale of Pippo Alampo

By Sara Alexi

Independently published
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I make no secret of the fact that I’m not the world’s best cook! Luckily for me most traditional Greek dishes are easy to make and forgiving of my mistakes… Quantities are not critical, and most of the recipes presented here can be made in many different ways, with any number of local variations. If you don’t have a particular ingredient to hand, don’t be afraid to experiment – who knows, you may come up with something new and delicious! (If you do, be sure to write and let me know!) I’ve included a selection of my favourites – simple, tasty and wholesome treats that never fail to please. Oh, and of course, I couldn't resist writing a story to accompany the recipes... Enjoy! Sara Alexi

Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
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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.

Greek Cookbook Series:- Delicious Greek Appetizers: Delicious Homemade Greek Appetizer Recipe one can make from scratch with Detailed Instructions for ... (General Cookbook, healthy, appetizers

By Petros Samaris

Released: 2014-09-09
Kindle Edition (66 pages)

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The Mediterranean Diet consists of eating the traditional foods of the countries adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea especially the country of Greece. It is not a traditional diet where a person will lose weight, but literally based on a lifestyle involving activities, foods, and wine. The Mediterranean diet is based on Christian beliefs and customs. In the lovely country of Greece, the orthodox religion contributes to this beautiful diet. The delicious Mediterranean diet contributes to a high life expectancy. In terms of health, the average life expectancy is about 81 years old. In fact, on the island of Ikaria, this island has a long life expectancy. Their amazing diet consists of delicious homemade Greek food and homemade wines and of course all this with moderation.

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The Greek Vegetarian: More Than 100 Recipes Inspired by the Traditional Dishes and Flavors of Greece

By Diane Kochilas

St. Martin's Press
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Greek cooking offers a dazzling array of greens, beans, and other vegetables-a vibrant, flavorful table that celebrates the seasons and regional specialties like none other. In this authoritative, exuberant cookbook, renowned culinary expert Diane Kochilas shares recipes for cold and warm mezes, salads, pastas and grains, stews and one-pot dishes, baked vegetable and bean specialties, stuffed vegetables, soups, savory pies and basic breads, and dishes that feature eggs. Brimming with classic dishes, regional favorites, and inspired innovations, The Greek Vegetarian pays tribute to one of the world's most venerable and healthful cuisines.

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

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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.

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1. Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)
2. Spinach and Feta Pita Bake
3. Souvlaki (Skewers)
4. Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken
5. Greek Salad
6. Grecian Pork Tenderloin
7. Feta Cheese Turkey Burgers
8. Greek Style Garlic Chicken Breast
9. Greek Chicken Pasta
10. Greek Penne and Chicken
11. Chicken Souvlaki
12. Quick Greek Chicken
13. Moussaka
14. Vegetarian Moussaka
15. Marinated Greek Chicken Kabobs
16. Gyros Burgers
17. Greek Chicken Burgers with Feta
18. Greek Grilled Cheese
19. Lamb Feta Peppers
20. Greek Couscous
21. Greek Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake
22. Pastitsio (Greek Pasta)
23. Garithes Yiouvetsi (Greek Shrimp)
24. Venison Gyros
25. Roasted Greek Chicken
26. Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
27. Steamed Mussels with Fennel, Tomatoes, Ouzo, and Cream
28. Easy Mediterranean Fish
29. Greek Scrambled Eggs
30. Easy Greek Skillet Dinner
31. Greek Pasta Sala
32. Greek Tortellini Salad
33. Herbed Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese
34. Loaded Greek Burgers
35. Gigantes (Greek Lima Beans)
36. Greek Orzo with Feta
37. Greek Chicken Stew (Stifado)
38. Shrimps Saganaki
39. Greek Lamb and Orzo
40. Greek Pulled Pork
41. Greek Chicken Kozani
42. Greek Pasta Salad with Steak
43. Greek-Style Baked Salmon


 
 
 

 
 
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