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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

William Morrow & Company
Released: June 5th, 1991
Paperback (352 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: William Morrow Cookbooks
  • Brand: William Morrow & Company
  • ISBN: 0060921293
  • EANs: 9780060921293, 8601400202630
  • PartNumber: b&w photographs, index
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  • Edition: Later Print
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Author: Recipe Club of St. Paul's Church
  • Publication Date: June 5th, 1991
  • Release Date: June 5th, 1991
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  • Weight: 1.06 Pounds
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My Greek Table: Authentic Flavors and Modern Home Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours

By Diane Kochilas

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: December 24th, 2018
Hardcover (400 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1250166373
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  • Number of Pages: 400
  • Author: Diane Kochilas
  • Publication Date: December 24th, 2018
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Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou

WORKMAN PUBLISHING
Released: May 3rd, 2016
Hardcover (240 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1579656684
  • EAN: 9781579656683
  • PartNumber: 115 colour photographs and illustrations
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  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Author: Alexandra Stratou
  • Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
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The Gift of the Greek: 75 Authentic Recipes for the Mediterranean Diet

By Yiota Giannakopoulou

SKYHORSE
Released: February 6th, 2018
Hardcover (168 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1510725571
  • EAN: 9781510725577
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  • Number of Pages: 168
  • Author: Yiota Giannakopoulou
  • Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
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Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die: A Cookbook

By Diane Kochilas

Kochilas Diane
Released: October 14th, 2014
Hardcover (320 pages)

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Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die: A Cookbook
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  • Brand: Kochilas Diane
  • ISBNs: 1623362954, 9781623362959
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  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Author: Diane Kochilas
  • Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
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Under the Olive Tree: Recipes from my Greek Kitchen

By Irini Tzortzoglou

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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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