Greek Recipes

Greek Recipes There are many delicious Greek dishes than you can prepare on your own and marvel at the result. Here are a few recipes of some of the best known Greek dishes.

Souvlaki is probably one of the most widespread fast food dishes of Greece. Tender cuts of meat are used. Before starting to cook, you may marinate the meat (pork, but you may also use another type of meat according to your preferences) in a large bowl containing lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, garlic, chopped onions and green peppers. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for approximately three hours. Preheat the grill to medium – high temperature; thread the pork, peppers and onions alternately onto skewers. Lightly oil the grate and cook for ten to fifteen minutes or as desired. Do not forget to turn the skewers frequently to achieve even cooking. You may serve with rice and a Greek salad.

Spanakopita (spinach pie) is also very popular in Greece. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and lightly oil a square baking pan. Meanwhile, heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, green onion and garlic, until they are lightly browned and caramelized. Add spinach and parsley and continue sautéing until spinach is limp. Set aside to cool. In a bowl, mix two eggs and a cup of feta cheese, along with the spinach mixture. In the prepared baking pan lay a sheet of phyllo dough and brush lightly with olive oil. Repeat the process with three more sheets of phyllo on top. The sheets should overlap the pan. Add the mixture on top of the sheets and fold the overhanging phyllo sheets over the filling. Lay four more sheets of phyllo dough on top, following the same procedure as before, i.e. brushing each phyllo with olive oil. Tuck the overhanging dough into the pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Of course, it is most probable that tzatziki dip will be mentioned when talking about Greek food. This is a very easy recipe and can be done in virtually no time. The quantity of the ingredients may be adjusted according to taste. Cut cucumber in cubes and mix it in a large bowl containing Greek yogurt. Crush one or two cloves of garlic, adding it to the mixture. Add salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. To serve, you may drizzle just a bit of olive oil and serve with a couple of Kalamata olives on top. A variation of tzatziki also includes finely chopped fresh mint leaves in the mixture. Enjoy!

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