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We are hosting a 'Greek' night next weekend. 3 couples and we cook together. Would love suggestions for traditional greek meal (appetizer, main, dessert). Thanks so much!

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    1. For an appetiser you could have pita breads toasted and cut into strips with a tzatziki dip?

      I don't have a recipe for pita breads I'm afraid but the dips really easy to make. I use 1 cup yoghurt, 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped and 1/4 cucumbur grated then squeezed gently through a tea towel to remove some of the moisture then mix it all together. Add 2 tsp each of good olive oil and white wine vinegar and mix again. You may want to add a little more of either of olive oil or vinegar depending on the variety you have and your tastes but adjust a little at a time until you're happy with it. You can add some freshly chopped mint or chives too if you like.

      1. In August 2008 Diane Kochilas' cookbook, "The Glorious Foods of Greece," was the Cookbook of the Month. Many of us cooked quite a few of her wonderfully authentic recipes. Here is the main thread where the links to the various reporting threads will be found. There are also links to on-line recipes from the book.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544541

        I'm sure you'll find more than enough inspiration for your Greek dinner.

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        1. WE do Greek meals with some frequency as my husband is from Greece and friends love the food. For appetizers ("meze") we serve tsatziki and taramasalata with crusty french or Italian bread. I have never ever seen pita served in Greece (more than 16 visits to Greece) either in restaurants or private homes. Another favorite is gigantes- large giant beans cooked in an olive oil, parsley, tomato sauce. If we are not making greek salad, we put out bowls of various Greek olives and cheese- kasseri and feta. For a main course we serve stuffed grape leaves (stuffed with lamb and rice) with egg- leomon sauce. Other options are pastitsio, stuffed vegetables or moussaka. For dessert our favorite is galactoboureko- phyllo with a semolina custard filling. If you want anyof these recipes I will be glad to send.

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          1. re: emilief

            I'd love it if you would share your recipes for pastitsio, stuffed vegetables, moussaka, and galactoboureko. By any chance do you also serve slices of fried zuchinni and eggplant? I enjoyed that appetizer in a Greek restaurant before.

            1. re: content

              I will try to send these today. I have them on my computer but do not know how to attach them here. Could someone tell me how. If not, I will type in as much as I can. Also, I will check my previous posts as I have posted some of these before.
              I sometimes make fried zucchini. I especially like it with skordalia- a Greek garlic sauce made with potatoes, olive oil and garlic.

              1. re: content

                My recipe for pastitio is below. You can find the others by searching my previous posts as follows: Galactoboureko-p.12 of my posts, October 8,2008; Moussaka-p.14 of my posts, January 3, 2009; stuffed vegetables [and baked gigantes]-p 56, September 7, 2006.
                If you can't find them let me know.

                PASTITSIO
                MEAT FILLING

                3 tbsp butter
                2 large onions, coarsely grated
                2 pounds lean ground lamb (can substitute beef)
                4 tbsp tomato paste
                1 cup dry red wine
                1 tsp cinnamon
                1/2 tsp ground black pepper
                1 tbsp salt

                MACARONI
                1 1/2 tsp oil
                1 lb elbow macaroni

                FOR WHITE SAUCE
                6 cups milk
                1 cup butter
                1/2 cup flour
                generous pinch of nutmeg

                TO FINISH
                1/2 cup breadcrumbs, lightly toasted
                3 cups grated kefalotyrie (can substitute parmesan)
                6 eggs
                3 tbsp buttr

                DIRECTIONS

                In a large skillet, melt butter and add onions and cook until soft but not brown- 10 minutes.
                Add meat, stirring until it browns
                Add tomato paste, wine, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Turn down heat and cook uncovered for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

                MACARONI
                bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add oil and cook 6-8 minutes until tender but al dente
                Drain in a colander

                SAUCE
                Heat the milk until scalding. Remove from heat. Melt the butter. Sift the flour into the butter, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.Add a pinch of nutmeg and slowly whisk in hot milk. Add more nutmeg and stir until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and cool.

                TO FINISH
                Heat Oven to 350.
                Butter a large baking dish- 9x13 is not big enough.I use a large corningware baking dish.]
                Stir 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and 11/2 cups of grated cheese into the meat.
                Sprinkle the bottom of the baking dish with 2 tbsp crumbs. Spread 1/2 of the macaroni on the bottom of the dish. Cover with 1/2 cup cheese and then all the meat filling.
                Beat 1/2 cup of the sauce into the eggs. Stir this back into the white sauce. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.
                Pour 1/2 the sauce over the meat , smooth with a rubber spatula, sprinkle with remaining breadcrumbs and cheese. Dot with butter.
                Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.Remove from oven, cut into squares and serve.
                SERVES 12.

                1. re: emilief

                  My recipe is almost the same but I add a beaten egg to my macaroni. This helps it all stick together so it scoops out of the pan in nice pieces. I also add a ton of garlic to the meat sauce (though I'm not sure that was in the original recipe or just my preference).
                  Oh and i sprinkle the top with feta about 15 minutes before it is done cooking

                  This is a great dish and always very popular with kids and adults.

              2. re: emilief

                Oh my, galactoboureko is one of my favorite desserts! and now I am thinking about when I can make/serve Pastitsio. It is SO good (so rich, too....)

              3. beggsy, I know I came late but I read many good reviews on "Vefa's Kitchen" and determined to buy it soon.
                http://www.google.com/products/catalo...

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                1. re: hobbybaker

                  Vefa's Kitchen is a wonderful book, and she is absolutely enchanting in person.

                  1. re: hobbybaker

                    Vefa's cooking is classic... a more modern approach is TESSA KIROS latest released cookbook on Greek cooking and even JAMIE OLIVER has a great chapter of Greek recipes in "Jamie does"

                  2. Cassandra's Food blog has lots of Greek recipes with great pics. I think she tries to cook 100 of the most common Greek recipes & then do a blog post about each of them.....
                    http://my2002in1001days.wordpress.com/

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                    1. re: Leann C

                      "Souvlaki for the Soul.com" Food blog is my favourite

                    2. I had a Greek night at the start of the Olympics. All of the suggestions here are excellent ones. The only thing that you must remember and is very very very important: Ouzo is not a good idea. After consuming quantities of red wine with dinner we had some ouzo before dessert. None of us liked it but someone kept pouring it..... I don't remember what happened after that.