This creamy sauce has a lemony taste that works wonderfully with most vegetable dishes – casserole and steamed – and is a favourite with stuffed cabbage. Use it to give a special touch to leftovers containing ground meat, rice, or vegetables where the lemon taste will blend.
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Greek bougatsa is prepared from filo dough wrapped around a filling. After it is baked, it is cut into serving pieces and served hot. If the filling is semolina custard, then the pastry may be lightly dusted with icing sugar or cinnamon.
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These sweet breads are eaten at Christmas in Greece. Zakynthian Christopsomo or Christmas bread has been compared to the Italian “panettone”, which it also resembles in appearance. The Ithacan kouloura is made of the same dough but in the shape of a large ring.
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This spicy tomato sauce, salty feta cheese and succulent shrimp combination is a great appetiser! A lot of the recipes call for Ouzo, which is a Greek anise flavoured liqueur. Although you do not taste the ouzo in the final dish, unless you use a lot of it, it adds a certain something to the dish that just makes it better. Serve this shrimp saganaki as an appetizer or as part of a meal made up of a varied selection of mezethes.
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Traditional Greek spoon sweet made with fresh cherries. A delightful small sweet to offer guests. Serve with cold water. This is one of the most colourful of the spoon sweets (preserves served by the teaspoonful), turning a delightful clear red when finished. Use a cherry pitter, cherry stoner, or large sewing needle to push out the pits.
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The main Easter meal (on Easter Sunday) has traditionally been an occasion to slaughter a lamb or goat, and this soup was designed to use the leftover parts so that nothing went to waste. This soup is prepared on Holy Saturday and eaten to break the fast after midnight church services. Traditionally, the soup is put on low heat to cook before leaving for church, and eaten on return.
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A pie-like omelette, this is a great way to use leftover fried potatoes (just warm them in a little oil in a frying pan). Otherwise, make it with fresh fries and feta cheese, for a delicious meal. Add a crisp green salad, Greek olives, crusty bread and it’s a great brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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Skordalia is a thick puree (or sauce, dip, spread, etc.) in Greek cuisine made by combining crushed garlic with a bulky base — which may be a purée of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or liquid-soaked stale bread — and then beating in olive oil to make a smooth emulsion. Vinegar is often added.
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The word Soutzoukaki comes from the Turkish “soutzouk” or sausage. These meatballs are shaped like little kebabs. The are lightly fried and then bathed in a tomato sauce. They hail from Smyrni or modern day Izmir, and the spices are more Turkish than Greek, however they have been adopted by most Greeks as a traditional favourite.
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Tiropitakia are small Greek cheese pies stuffed with feta cheese and wrapped in phyllo dough. They are staples of Greek cuisine and usually served as appetisers. Paired well with tzatziki and garnished with your choice of dill, parsley or spearmint, these triangular treats will not disappoint.
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Turkish delight or lokum is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are mostly gel, generally flavoured with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange, or lemon.
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Tzatziki is probably one of Greece’s most famous dips. Tzatziki or tzadziki is a Greek and Turkish meze or appetiser, also used as a sauce for souvlaki and gyros. Cool and creamy this tangy cucumber dip flavoured with garlic is the perfect compliment to grilled meat and vegetables.
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Yuvarlak or Youvarlakia are a kind of large meatballs in sauce. The meat mixture includes rice and are cooked in moist heat and the juices thickened with Avgolemono. They are found in Turkish and Greek cuisines.
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