Greek Cuisine

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Greek cuisine  moussakaGreek food is renowned as having amazing taste and quality. There are dishes which are served everywhere in Greece while there are other local culinary wonders that are just waiting to be discovered by the weary traveler.

Wherever you may be, Greek food is one thing you should consider trying once in your lifetime. There are a lot of notable foods that are worth mentioning. Here are just some of the extraordinary and sumptuous foods that you can find in Greece.

Mezedes

These are basically Greek appetizers. They are served before or along with the main dishes either accompanied by the distinct wines of the country, Ouzo or Tsipouro. These are served in considerably petite plates and are considered to be the elements of the Mediterranean culture of sharing wine as well as food with friends in a casual and laidback environment.

Feta cheese: This is the ever-famous Greek cheese which can essentially be eaten alone as a meze with oregano mixed in olive oil.

Spanakopitakia: These are petite spinach pies with crushed feta cheese added to it.

Melitzanosalata: This is eggplant purée mixed finely chopped garlic and olive oil. It is tender when eaten along with fresh bread.

Horta: Boiled wild greens topped with salt, lemon and olive oil.

Dolmadakia: Grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions and minced beef.

Briam: A combination of roast potatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, eggplants onions and olive oil.

Taramosalata: Crushed fish’s eggs.

Keftedakia: Fried beef meatballs with garlic and bread. Best served with a lot of lemon in it.

Saganaki: Basically fried cheese like that of the mozzarella sticks we know. This contains a variety of cheeses in it. It’s best served with a pinch of lemon extract.

Horiatiki Salata: This is also known as "Greek salad". It is a combination of oregano, cucumber, fresh tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, onions, green pepper and olive oil.

Tzatziki: Their very own yogurt with finely chopped garlic, cucumber, and olive oil. This is best eaten with fresh Greek bread, fried potatoes or fried meatballs.

Kalamarakia: bite-size pieces of fried squid dressed in lemon juice.

Tiropitakia: small cheese pies that are made of feta or kasseri.

Htapodi: Small pieces of octopus served either fried with lemon juice or boiled, with olive oil, vinegar and oregano.

Main Dishes

Now that we’re through with the long list of mezedes, we go now to the excellent main dishes that almost always contains meat.

Paidakia: Lamb’s ribs that are grilled and served with lemon.

Moussaka: This famous Greek dish has a base made out of potatoes topped with onions, eggplants, minced beef and béchamel which is a classic white sauce made by thickening whole milk with a white roux, and flavored with aromatic vegetables.

Kokoretsi: A favorite dish among the Greeks. It’s made out of wrapped and roasted entrails of lamb, served with a lot of lemon.

Pastitsio: This is another well-known Greek dish that will remind you of the Italian Lasagnas. It has a base made out of noodles that is topped with minced beef, onions, tomato sauce and béchamel as well.