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Jul 30, 2009 02:16 PM

Ideas for Greek-themed dinner party?

Need menu suggestions for dinner party for monthly "gourmet club" meeting -- my turn to host. Appetizers, salad, entree, dessert. TIA

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  1. I don't have any specific suggestions, but you might get some ideas from this Cookbook of the Month last year. There are a number of links to recipes as well:

    1. Grilled leg of lamb, marinated in olive oil, garlic, herbs, mustard, then butterflied.

      Grilled Greek salad. Think I got the recipe from CH.

      Stuffed grape leaves, skordalia dip with pita triangles, lemon-oregano chicken skewers.
      Grilled Haloumi cheese served on ripe tomato rounds.

      Baklava. Greek yogurt drizzled with honey & berries. Grilled fruit (pineapple or mangos, peaches) with ouzo.

      1. Moussaka because it can be assembled in advance and then baked just before serving.

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        1. Beanie1: Here is a NYT recipe for a Feta-Phyllo torte that I have made twice. It is very rich but easy to put together. A slice of this with a heaping side of salad would be a generous entree. It is best served hot or warm.

          1. If you have access to a wood burning fireplace, go on line and find instrucitons for Gigot a la Ficelle. It realy amounts to rubbing a leg of lamb with garlic, herbs (I used rosemary) and olive oil, tying a piece of butcher's twine around the bone and hanging it from the mantelpiece in from of the fire. Fantastic. Several guests last weekend said it was the best lamb they have ever had. Took about two hours but only needed to keep the twine wet and baste occasionally. The momentum of the twisting keeps it winding and unwinding with no real assistance needed. Also stunning from a visual and olfactory point of view.

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            1. re: Junoesq

              junoesq, you might find this article on 18th century roasting techniques interesting, i light of your post about gigot a la ficelle.