Some common ingredients in Greek Cooking could be cheeses, oils,
fruits, nuts, eggplant, zucchini, fresh herbs such as basil or
oregano. Fish, seafood and lamb are commonly used in Greek Cooking.
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Food Facts about Greece
The tall white chef hat originated from Greece
Greece is know for growing olive and lemon trees
Sheep and goats thrive on the rocky and mountainous country
which is why dishes often use lamb instead of other meat
Greece is also Known for Several Famous Things Besides Great
There are 2,000 major islands of Greece
Many Beautiful beaches
Learn a Little Language
Little snacks or appetizers are called mezethes.
Pronounced Kali Orexi in Greek means Bon Appetit.
Greek Cooking International Recipes
Chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon vinegar
Arrange tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta cheese in bowl. Toss
together gently and pour olive oil and vinegar over top. Season with
Cucumber Gyro Sandwich Recipe
1 lb. pork loin or chicken breasts, cut into cubes or strips
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1 Tablespoons mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
dash of salt and pepper
Mix oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper
together in a bowl or Ziploc baggie. Add meat and marinade several
1 Cup plain yogurt
1 cucumber chopped in food processor
½ teaspoon crushed garlic
½ teaspoon dill weed
Add ingredients together and chill in refrigerator.
Prepare the marinated meat and yogurt dressing and store in fridge
in the morning.
Gryo prep work Before dinner cook meat and
place in pita bread. Top with yogurt dressing.
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Greek Spanakopitas (Spinach Puffs)
1 medium onion, finely chopped or grated
2 Tablespoons olive oil
10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 lb feta cheese
6 ounces cottage cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 lb phyllo pastry sheets
1/2 cup butter, melted
In large pan sauté onion in olive oil. Squeeze excess water out of
spinach. Add to onions. Cook over low heat several minutes. Crumble
feta cheese in medium bowl. Add in cottage cheese and eggs. Stir in
breadcrumbs and spinach mixture into cheese. Stir together until
well combined. Cut phyllo sheets into squares of 4-5 inches. Cover
sheets that you are not using to prevent them from drying. With
pastry brush, brush melted butter over each square, layer several
squares together and add a spoonful of spinach filling to middle.
Fold top over in a triangle shape. Brush tops with butter and place
on a cookie sheet. Continue with remaining phyllo sheets and spinach
filling. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
A famous Greek cooking recipe that is also famous in Middle Eastern
phyllo pastry sheets
1 cup butter, melted
¾ Cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups chopped walnuts
½ Cup water
¼ Cup lemon juice
¼ Cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Grease a 8x11 pan and layer several sheets of phyllo in bottom,
brushing each sheet with melted butter. Cover sheets that you are
not using to prevent them from drying. In bowl mix ¼ cup sugar,
walnuts and cinnamon together. Sprinkle mixture over top of phyllo
sheets in pan. Add remaining sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet
with melted butter. Cut squares through layers of sheets and then
diagonally through each square. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or
until golden brown.
Before baklava is done cooking make the sauce. In saucepan add
water, lemon juice, honey and vanilla. Bring to a boil and continue
stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour over hot baklava.
This Greek cooking recipe is a great tasting shish kabob. Pork is
used for this recipe but you can substitute beef or chicken if
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs pork tenderloins, cut in cubes
2 onions, cut in chunks
2 green or red bell peppers, cut in chunks
wooden skewers -soak before using to prevent burning
In ziploc bag add lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, oregano and
minced garlic. Add pork cubes, onion chunks and pepper chunks. Seal
and marinade in the fridge overnight or several hours. Place meat
and vegetables on skewers and grill.
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