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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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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 Greek Cookbook: Greek Recipes from a Mediterranean Kitchen

By Martha Stone

Released: 2017-12-07
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

The Complete Greek Cookbook: Greek Recipes from a Mediterranean Kitchen
 
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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)

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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.

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  • 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
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Greek Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy and Delicious Greek Recipes (Greek Recipes, Mediterranean Recipes, Greek Food, Quick & Easy)

By Patrick Smith

Released: 2014-07-12
Kindle Edition (56 pages)

Greek Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy and Delicious Greek Recipes (Greek Recipes, Mediterranean Recipes, Greek Food, Quick & Easy)
 
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The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

By Aglaia Kremezi

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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.

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

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Easy Greek Cookbook: 50 Authentic Greek and Mediterranean Recipes (Greek Cooking, Greek Recipes, Greek Cookbook, Mediterranean Cookbook, Mediterranean Recipes Book 1)

By Chef Maggie Chow

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Released: 2015-11-22
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Easy Greek Cookbook: 50 Authentic Greek and Mediterranean Recipes (Greek Cooking, Greek Recipes, Greek Cookbook, Mediterranean Cookbook, Mediterranean Recipes Book 1)
 
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Nisteia Magazine, Spring 2016: Authentic, Traditional Greek Vegan Recipes

By Kiki Vagianos

The Greek Vegan
Released: 2016-03-05
Kindle Edition (56 pages)

Nisteia Magazine, Spring 2016: Authentic, Traditional Greek Vegan Recipes
 
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The Spring 2016 edition of Nisteia magazine is dedicated to celebrating the simplicity and beauty of authentic, traditional Greek vegan food.

Simply prepared and presented, the dishes on these pages showcase the culinary magic created out of the same, simple ingredients combined in endless variation.

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