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Greek food is delicious and no you don’t need to travel to the Mediterranean country to experience it. Check out these delicious recipes all the way from Greece for you to try in your home kitchen and get maybe not Greek god…. but culinary goddess status!
The Greek are known for how healthy their food is – even their fast food is healthy! Souvlaki is a classic Greek dish of delicious skewered chunks of meat marinated with lemon juice, olive oil and a mix of fresh and dry herbs char grilled to perfection. It can also be served as souvlaki pita – tightly wrapped in pita bread. If you plan to visit this Mediterranean country, pronounce it as Souvlaki, to be served these tender meat kebabs accompanied with a creamy yogurt based Tzatziki sauce - which will make you go weak in the knees.
Feta Rice Stuffed Tomatoes
Feta is quite a star in Greek cuisine. This dish is traditionally made with wine ripe tomatoes which are picked just before they start changing colour. Tomatoes are scooped out and grilled then filled with a delicious garlicky rice, herb and feta mixture and baked again – till the tomatoes are soft and the flavours well blended. This hallmark Greek recipe can be made with bell peppers too.
This comforting Greek stew is made with chunks of slow cooked lamb in a spicy base of tomatoes and wine. The slow cooking technique is what makes all the difference in this recipe giving you perfectly cooked vegetables and meat that falls off the bone. This tangy spicy all season stew is served with a sprinkling of crunchy dry fruits and tangy feta to be eaten with a side of rice, pasta or bread.
Lemon Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is for the soul and the Greek version definitely makes you believe in this more. A delicious tangy lemon flavoured chicken broth has a good measure of couscous thrown in so it makes a complete meal in itself. The traditional recipe is made with eggs added to give the soup more body. This recipe is custom made for long cold winter nights.
One Pot Chicken and Lemon Rice
Rice sautéed with olive oil, onions and herbs cooked mixed with chicken stock and pieces of marinated seared chicken baked together in the oven with plenty of lemon juice till the flavours are married together in perfect harmony. This one is a dish that literally cooks itself and gives you plenty of time to do in other activities while waiting to indulge in the deliciousness of it.
Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip
Feta and peppers are two classic Greek ingredients and this dip is a delicious mix of both. All you need is a few ingredients and a good blender to bring the magic of Greece into your kitchen. The smokiness of roasted peppers and the tartness from the cheese makes this dip taste exquisite and quite different than anything you have ever tasted before.
Saucy Meat Balls
Every culture has a classic meat ball recipe. The greek version has sautéed garlic, onions and pepper pureed into a paste and mixed with chicken mince and herbs shaped into balls, shallow fried and served in a tangy reduced tomato sauce. Try these perfectly cooked chicken meatballs served with a side of steamed rice to understand what a taste of heaven actually means.
Zucchini and Feta Fritters
kolokithokeftethes (koh-loh-kee-thoh-kef-TEH-thes) - You might not able to pronounce these in greek but you can definitely try preparing them in your kitchen. Crisp on the outside, soft and mushy inside, these fritters and made with grated zucchini, feta and a handful of spinach thrown into the batter. Pro tip - Make sure you drain the zucchini well if you don’t want a soggy fritter.
Greek Honey Cake
The Greeks have been using honey in their breads and cakes for centuries not just for the delicious taste but also for its ability to keep the pastry fresh longer. The mushy texture of the buttermilk based cake complimented brilliantly with crunchy walnuts and sweet honey poured over it after baking. This classic cake is prepared in many variations in Greece during Noumenia – the beginning of the new moon. Tastes best when served with a side of whipped cream
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