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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)

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.

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

imusti
Hardcover (240 pages)

Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours
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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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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.

Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook contains:

  • 90 Recipes for popular Greek dishes made with easy-to-find ingredients
  • Greek Kitchen Tips including how to stock your pantry and kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment, plus cooking techniques
  • A Regional Overview explaining Greek food from ancient times to modern day

Recipes in this Greek cookbook include: Kalamata Olive Spread, Greek Potato Salad, Spinach Rice, Vegetable Moussaka, Shrimp Santorini, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Greek Yogurt Brandy Cake, and much more!

Join Greek chefs Theodora Stephan and Christina Xenos as they share their favorite recipes for you to feast on with Mediterranean flare in Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook.

Greece: The Cookbook (lay-flat binding)

By Vefa Alexiadou

PHAIDON PRESS
Hardcover (704 pages)

Greece: The Cookbook (lay-flat binding)
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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 Art of Greek Cookery

By The Women of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church

Doubleday
Hardcover (234 pages)

The Art of Greek Cookery
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Original family recipes for the flavorful dishes and delicate desserts of traditional Greek cuisine, spiced with interesting highlights on the island's national customs and culinary arts

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2013-01-08
Paperback (240 pages)

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker
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With the combination of tradition, innovation, and ease that have made her recipes so popular, Michele Scicolone gathers intriguing dishes from every corner of the Mediterranean and streamlines them for the slow cooker. The range is eye-opening: from simplified and freshened classics like Greek shrimp with tomatoes and feta, to Israeli sweet and sour meatballs, to Moroccan vegetable tagine, to coffee-caramel flan from Spain. But Scicolone also serves up a profusion of fascinating lesser-known dishes: a creamy polenta lasagna, a port-braised chicken from Portugal, a spiced frittata from Tunisia, and Bandit's Lamb, as well as her own seductive creations, like Cannoli Cheesecake.

Greek: Greek Recipes - The Very Best Greek Cookbook (Greek recipes, Greek cookbook, Greek cook book, Greek recipe, Greek recipe book)

By Sarah J Murphy

Released: 2016-05-02
Kindle Edition (91 pages)

Greek: Greek Recipes - The Very Best Greek Cookbook (Greek recipes, Greek cookbook, Greek cook book, Greek recipe, Greek recipe book)
 
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If you love richness and splendor of Greek cuisine then you will just adore these recipes. In this Greek cookbook, you’ll find only the very best and most delicious Greek recipes. Get ready to discover some magnificent Greek delights. These Greek recipes are the very best and easiest you will find. You will revisit these wonderful recipes time and again. All these recipes are tried, tested and perfectly adapted for quick and easy home cooking.

Recipe List:
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

Popular Greek Recipes

By Ladies Philoptochos Society

Wimmer Cookbooks
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Popular Greek Recipes
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"POPULAR GREEK RECIPES" is a collection of autyhentic Greek recipes which are favorites of the many contributors and have been adapted to new ingredients and shorter methods. Tiy will find simplicity in the recipes, easily obtained ingredients and menus for fasting in the Greek Orthodox Church. Visually you will find this to be a very attractive book containing symbolic art work through.


 
 
 

 
 
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