Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:21:44 +0000
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZChristmas is an observance of faith in Greece and, all over the country, tables will be set with foods that have become traditions over the centuries.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZTreat your Holiday guests to an array of Greek desserts and pastries. What better way to sweeten your holiday celebration?
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZOn the Greek island of Crete, there are five sweets... cookies and pastries - that are traditionally made and served during the December holidays of Christmas and New Years.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThese are the iconic Greek dishes that Greek food enthusiasts know and love. A great way to sample the fabulous flavors of traditional Greek cooking.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZAn overview of some top Greek dessert recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious!
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThough the name is hard to pronounce, Melomakarona (meh-loh-mah-KAH-roh-nah) are delicious and not very hard to make. Also known as Finikia (fee-NEE-kya), these are traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, but you can certainly enjoy them year round.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA delicious phyllo pie made with spinach and feta cheese, Spanakopita is a classic Greek favorite that will work as an appetizer, side dish or even a light lunch or dinner.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZMoussaka is an oven-to-table casserole of layers of potato slices, cheese, ground meat sauce, and a creamy bechamel topping.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZWhether you run out, or just need a cup or two, making confectioner's sugar is a simple matter in the blender.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA classic Greek Moussaka recipe made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling and topping it off with a delicious creamy bechamel sauce which is baked to golden perfection.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZAn all-time favorite Greek pastry that comes in many different varieties. This version includes walnuts and almonds.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZBring the tastes of Greece to your Thanksgiving table with one or more of these dishes that celebrate the foods of the seasaon.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZLearn all about the Greek alcoholic beverage, ouzo. Here's you'll find details on its origin, taste, serving suggestions and culture.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZHaving trouble? Here are some helpful suggestions: Check your spelling. Avoid punctuation, and make sure
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPhyllo dough is easy to make, and the difference in taste when using it to make sweet and savory pies (pitas) is worth learning how.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZImpossible to resist, this custard pie called Galaktoboureko is one of the all-time favorite Greek desserts. A creamy custard filling is baked in flaky phyllo dough and then bathed in a delicious syrup.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZChicken Soup Avgolemono is perhaps the most iconic of all Greek soups. It’s on the menu at every Greek restaurant or diner and you’ll find it as the first course at most Greek holiday celebrations.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZFrom simple grilled foods and vegetable dishes to rich layered casseroles and delicate pastries, Greek food is a wonderful mix of dishes that appeal to all tastes. The traditions of healthy country cooking have been expanded over the centuries, and today, Greece is famous for a diverse range of family meals, holiday foods, and elaborate presentation dishes.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZKourabiethes are delicious buttery cookies with almonds that are covered in powdered sugar. A must for any Greek celebration and very popular at weddings and especially during the holidays.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThe light flaky pastry used to make some of Greece's most famous desserts and savory pies is often thought to be
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZCool and creamy this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect compliment to grilled meat and vegetables. Serve with plenty of pita triangles for dipping.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZProbably best known as the crowning touch to a Greek salad, feta cheese is so versatile and can be used in many different ways in a variety of dishes.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZBaklava is made in every region of Greece (and throughout the Middle East) and, as a dish that requires some time and expense to make, it is generally reserved for special occasions. Learn more about baklava and its many variations.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZMaking Christopsomo, Christ's Bread, is considered a sacred undertaking. Great care is taken with making the dough and decorating the loaves.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA moist and flavorful semolina cake with a sweet syrup flavored with orange zest. This recipe for Revani (also spelled Ravani) is sure to please your dessert lovers.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPastitsio consists of luscious layers of seasoned ground beef, pasta, and a creamy bechamel sauce baked to perfection. This is Greek comfort food at its finest.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA selection of quick and easy appetizers and mezethes to serve to unexpected guests, or when other food plans fall through. Hot and cold dishes to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZTed Christou shares his technique for roasting a whole lamb on a spit with photos and step-by-step instructions.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA sample menu for a traditional Greek Christmas meal.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZTo get a taste of ancient Greece, here are links to recipes that reflect both ingredients and cooking techniques of ancient times.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThe name for Koulourakia comes from their round twisted shape but you will also see them shaped as small braids or in the shape of the letter “S.” Kids will love helping you shape these traditional Greek cookies.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZLearning to cook the foods we eat in Greece is as much about learning the way we eat (several small dishes can make a meal) as it is about the recipes. Here are my suggestions for where to start.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZAncient Greek foods were similar to the foods we know today, except that the variety was limited. Learn about ancient Greek foods.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZDense and creamy, this Greek rice pudding called Rizogalo (ree-ZOH-gah-loh) is more like a thick custard than a pudding. Flavored with lemon peel and vanilla, it is simply divine.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZFrozen squid is much more readily available than fresh in many markets. Here's what you need to know about defrosting and preparing it for cooking.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZIf you have access to grapevines in a vineyard, on a grape arbor, or growing wild, you have a treasure trove! Learn how you can use and store them.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreek coffee is brewed thick and the grounds are poured into the cup along with the coffee. These easy steps with photos will help you make the perfect cup.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZHere's an easy to follow calendar of holidays and fast days. There are four main fasting periods, and individual fast days, in the Greek Orthodox faith, and while food is allowed, it is restricted.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThese traditional Greek sweet treats are easy to make and are perfect to give as gifts or to satisfy a sweet tooth.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPhyllo dough sheets, used in creating Greek pastries and filled pies, are delicate, dry out quickly, and can be challenging to use - but there's nothing else quite like them for that perfect, flaky texture. Use these tips to make working with phyllo a breeze.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPhyllo is the light flaky pastry used to make some of Greece's most famous desserts and savory pies. Read about the basic facts of this type of dough.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZEaster is the most important religious observance of the Greek Orthodox faith, and both before and after the Resurrection, traditions include food.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThere are many variations on recipes for dolmathakia (small dolmades), but this is one of my favorites using dill and mint. It calls for ground beef and rice, and can be served with a sauce or without.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreeks love to sit around a table of small plates of delicious food, sharing the food and good company. Here are some appetizer and mezethes that require no utensils. Just grab and enjoy!
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZTender grape leaves are used to wrap little parcels stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and fresh herbs. A great vegetarian appetizer, these can be served cold or at room temperature.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZDelicious packets of crisp phyllo pastry wrapped around a savory cheese filling. Enjoy these Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles at your next gathering.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZKaridopita is a moist and flavorful Greek walnut cake that is flavored with cinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreek recipes for vegetarians were not developed or adapted from other recipes, but are a traditional part of Greek cuisine. Enjoy these favorites.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPasta with meat sauce in Greece is called Makaronia me Kima (kee-MAH). There are many variations on this traditional recipe with each chef adding their own personal touch. This recipe for Makaronia me Kima is the one enjoyed most by our family.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZWhat did the ancient Greeks eat? Learn about typical ancient Greek foods and some of their daily eating habits.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZChicken and potatoes baked with lemon, garlic, and oregano. This is an easy recipe that produces fabulous results every time.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreek olives are known the world over for their variety, flavors, and colors. Learn various methods of home curing.
2017-01-17T11:21:44Zhow to make the delicious Greek coffee, also known as turkish coffee.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA moist and tender apple cake that is the perfect showcase for crisp and delicious apples. Serve this with some ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce and enjoy with coffee or tea.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThe quintessential summer food, this recipe for stuffed tomatoes with rice and ground beef is ideal for summer entertaining. Make them the day ahead and simply reheat for serving.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZHere is a selection of Greek recipes featuring a medley of summer vegetables cooked in a variety of ways to please every palate.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZWhat ingredients are used in recipes for the delicious foods of Greece? You may be surprised to find that you already know most of them and either have them in your kitchen pantry or can find them at your local market.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZYou can still enjoy some excellent Greek desserts and sweets during Lenten or "fasting" periods. Here's
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis recipe for traditional Greek country bread produces a dense bread with a thick crust, perfect for sopping up the delicious Greek sauces and dressings.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThe meze table is not about the courses and seating, it's more about simply being together to enjoy the company.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis lemon pound cake recipe gives us one more reason to love Greek yogurt. It really delivers a moist and creamy cake that can be dressed up or down as you see fit.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis classic Greek salad relies heavily on the ripest and most aromatic tomatoes and has become world-popular, a staple in almost any Greek restaurant.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZHalloumi is a fabulous cheese from Cyprus and a favorite in Greek cooking. It's an ideal grilling cheese because it doesn't melt.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZIn Greek: ÎºÏÎº, pronounced "coke" Kok cream puffs are made by filling two small cake-type cookies with
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZFeta is a very popular cheese used as a table cheese, in pastries, and in cooked dishes. It adds a classic Greek taste to any meal. Let's go shopping for Greek feta and learn how to store it.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPart custard, part cheesecake, a Melopita is sweet and creamy and absolutely delicious. Try it with a crust or without, but be sure to try this honey pie.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThese Greek potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The oven-roasted, Greek-style dish is the perfect side to practically any meal.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZBecause quinces have a high content of pectin, this jam is easy to make, with quinces, sugar, and a little lemon juice. Serve this as jam, or as a condiment with lamb and pork roasts.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZOuzo is generally served alone or with ice and water, however it is also an ingredient in several cocktails. Here are some cocktail recipes using ouzo. Page 3.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis is the basic recipe for the medium-thick white sauce used in Greek recipes for moussaka, pastitsio. Variations include thick and thin versions used in au gratin dishes, filled pies, croquettes, and other dishes.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZSaganaki is a surprisingly simple Greek recipe. Serve this pan-seared cheese as an appetizer with ouzo or wine and crusty bread or as part of a meal.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis is a delightful and easy version of baklava made with sesame seeds. It is a Christmas Eve tradition in many Greek homes. Layers of phyllo dough sprinkled with sesame seeds. No nuts. No butter.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZSpanakopita Bites are mini phyllo pastry shells filled with a delicious spinach and feta cheese filling. They are easy to prepare and can be a quick and easy alternative to rolling and wrapping individual phyllo triangles.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA lighter take on classic Greek fare, this Vegetarian Moussaka recipe keeps enough of the traditional flavors to satisfy Greek food fans even without the heavier ground meat sauce.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZChestnuts are a favorite ingredient in many Greek recipes. Here are some simple steps to peel and prepare chestnuts.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA delicious and healthy side dish, horta vrasta or boiled greens are a staple in any Greek household.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreek mountain tea is credited with a wide range of health benefits, and most Greek homes have a supply on hand. Made from the medicinal Sideritis plant, Greeks believe that a cup a day has infinitely more benefits than an apple.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThe Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox faith starts seven weeks before Easter Sunday and is a period of fasting during which certain foods are not eaten.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZPetimezi was used during times of war as a high-calorie way to generate body heat. Today, this delightful naturally sweet sauce has many uses.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis recipe for traditional Greek celebration shortbread-type cookies with powdered sugar creates a very light cookie with chunks of toasted almonds.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZAfter you learn how to make the dough, making phyllo sheets for pitas and pastries is the easy part if you use a pasta or dough machine.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZCabbage leaves stuffed with a meat and rice mixture and served with an egg-lemon sauce (avgolemono). A Greek winter classic.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZFind authentic Greek food items and ingredients at these online shopping resources. They include online
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZGreek foods are prepared using basic cooking methods. Here are some of the most common words and phrases found in Greek recipes.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThese recipes will introduce your fledgling chef to Greek cooking in a fun way. Folding classic cheese pies, forming cookie twists, and stirring up a scramble with feta cheese are among the skills kids will love to use!
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZDiples (THEE-ples) get their name from the Greek word for “fold.” They are thin sheets of dough that are folded while being fried into a crispy package that is drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon and ground walnuts.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA fabulous and easy meatless appetizer or main dish of eggplant, tomato, herbs, and feta cheese.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZOuzo, Greece's famous anise-flavored liqueur, adds a fresh taste when used as an ingredient in recipes for foods ranging from seafood to sweets.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZA staple of any Greek household, Fassolatha is a classic white bean soup that is hearty, nutritious, and delicious.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZWhether buying for yourself or as a gift, these are items that should be in every kitchen where Greek foods are being cooked.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThere is a separate custom of serving food in Greece called meze. Not an appetizer, and not an hors d'oeuvre, learn more about the meze (plural mezethes) and how to serve it.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThis page provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step photo tutorial on how to fold phyllo triangles.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZThese sweet cheese pastries are specialties of the Greek island of Crete, where they are either baked or fried. This uses rolled dough instead of phyllo.
2017-01-17T11:21:44ZNot exactly a cooking term, but certainly food-related, no meal should start without kali orexi.