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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)

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.

The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World

By Lynn Alley

Random House
Released: 2003-09-15
Paperback (108 pages)

The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World
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An upscale approach to the new-old phenomenon of cooking with a slow cooker, by author and food journalist Lynn Alley, featuring 60 recipes. 

With fresh ingredients and imaginative recipes, you can create delicious meals to serve with pride to your guests. Drawn from slow cooking traditions from around the world, the recipes in The Gourmet Slow Cooker include Lamb Shanks in Tomato Sauce from Greece; Apricot Chicken from India; Chicken Mole from Mexico; White Truffle Risotto from Italy; Provencal Chicken Stew from France; and Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Soup from the United States.

Including chapter introductions to each region, and focusing on the slow-cooking traditions and techniques from that country; local wine or beer suggestions for all 60 recipes; and featuring 16 full-color recipe photographs, The Gourmet Slow Cooker will elevate your everyday dining from the mundane to the gourmet, while freeing you from hours of hard work in the kitchen.

222 Recipes, The Greek Cookery Book

By Sofia Souli

Editions Toubi's
Paperback (173 pages)

222 Recipes, The Greek Cookery Book
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The best selling trade cookbook of Greek cuisine in Greece and the Greek-American market over the past 8 years.

Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Hardcover (264 pages)

Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen
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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 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.

Greek Cookery

By Aspasia Angelikopoulu

Brand: Publications Greco Card
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Greek Cookery
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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.

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

imusti
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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.


 
 
 

 
 
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