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Traditional Greek Dishes?

kappym Oct 6, 2008 01:35 PM

I always get Greek take-out and decided to try making some of the dishes at home. I've thrown together some hummus in my blender, but thought I would try and find some more "authentic" fare. Any Greek home cooks want to share their favorite recipes with me? I would really appreciate any help!

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    LJS Oct 7, 2008 12:48 PM

    On of our family favourites is pastitsio, also known as Greek Lasagna. There are as many versions for this as there is for Italian lasagne. It is more of a technique than a recipe. Check out the web and see if you find something you like. My own recipe is 'by-heart'

    1. Cheese Boy Oct 6, 2008 07:12 PM

      If it's sweets you crave, Melomakarona are delicious cookies made during the Christmas season. If made correctly, these are a personal fave.

      Melomakarona --> http://www.corfu-island.org/greek-foo...

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        emilief Oct 6, 2008 04:17 PM

        I have posted many of my recipes that I learned from my MIL in Greece. If you search my posting you will find them. Very traditional Greek recipes that i have are: tsatsiki, dolmathes, moussaka, pastitio,egg lemon soup, bean soup, baked giant beans, baklava, galactoboureko. If you can;t find them, let me know which ones you want and I will post. By the way. Hoummos is not Greek.

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          ThreeGigs Oct 6, 2008 04:36 PM

          No spanakopita (sorry about any spelling errors) Emelief? And is chicken orzo soup Greek?

          1. re: ThreeGigs
            alkapal Oct 7, 2008 06:44 AM

            spanakopita: http://kalofagas.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-did-it.html#links

            shrimp in tomato sauce made with ouzo, served over pasta. yummy! like this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/SHRIMP-IN-A-SKILLET-WITH-CREAMY-TOMATO-OUZO-SAUCE-230527

            how could i forget taramasalata? http://porcinichronicles.blogspot.com...

            1. re: ThreeGigs
              emilief Oct 7, 2008 08:53 AM

              Oh yea, of course I make spanikopita and tyropita. Chicken orzo soup?? never saw it in Greece. The traditional chicken soup is egg lemon. Made a big batch yesterday- yum! Traditional uses rice but no reason you can't use orzo if you prefer it. I have made taramasalata also but we have a local Greek market that makes the best taramasalata so I have become lazy.

              1. re: emilief
                MikeG Oct 7, 2008 10:18 AM

                Orzo aka krytharakia works well in avgolemono, I prefer it to rice, and imo it definitely reheats better, rice tends to "dissolve" a little too quickly for my taste when it sits in the soup in the fridge. When I'm being fastidious, I boil the orzo separately to keep the soup from getting starchy...

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                  emilief Oct 7, 2008 12:27 PM

                  I'll have to ask my Greek hubby, maybe he hs had it that way and I might try it. I know he likes orzo in gouvetsi. I suppose there are many variations in all kinds of Greek food as in other cultures.

          2. fooftales Oct 6, 2008 03:35 PM

            here's one of my regular blog reads: kalofagas - greek food and beyond:


            lots of home-style and traditional.

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