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What's your favorite Greek dish - and recipe?

I love Greek food but up to know I've never cooked it. I don't know why, but it's always been something I only eat out.

So share some of your favorites - time to expand my repertoire!

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  1. A variant of this popped up recently. I tried it (with these modifications) and boy does it taste Greek, just like in a lower-class Athens neighborhood.

    GREEN BEANS IN OLIVE OIL
    1 lb fresh green beans
    1/2 C choppen onions
    3/4 C olive oil (I used this amount, but half as much would work, I believe.)
    2 med. tomatoes, chopped
    2 cloves garlic
    11 oz. (2 small cans) low-salt V8
    1 t salt
    1/2 t pepper

    Heat olive oil, add onions and garlic, and fry until yellow. Add beans, salt and pepper, and fry gently 10 min. stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and V8. Cook gently uncovered until beans have absorbed sauce and are tender. Season to taste.
    Serve room temp. or cold. Can be made a day in advance. Serves 4 as veg.

    1. My favorite is Mayiritsa which is a Greek Easter soup. I'm not Greek, but have Greek friends who make this every Greek Easter. It uses all the organ meats (liver, heart, lungs, and other organ meats) along with onion, dill, romain lettuce, rice, green onion, lemon, olive oil, sea salt and pepper and simmer for a few hours.
      Before serving you add the Avgolemono (egg-lemon sauce).
      I wait all year for this and wish I had a recipe written down, but I don't.

      1. One of the food blogs I follow seems to have a lot of Greek recipes on it: http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ I haven't tried any of them, but the other recipes I've used from the site have been fine. Maybe something there will catch your eye!

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        1. re: EmmaFrances

          Have you visited "SOUVLAKI FOR THE SOUL" food blog ? It rates #1 on my list.

        2. I love, love, love this blog. I've made his spanakopita and it was by FAR the best I've ever tasted.

          http://kalofagas.ca/

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          1. re: junglekitte

            I love the Kalofagas blog too - I've made Peter's souvlaki a couple of times and it was tremendous!

            Also, I think I did a braised pork belly from his blog a while back (that was To Die For), but the site seems to be down at the moment, so I can't actually find it right now.

            1. re: Krislady

              This
              http://kalofagas.ca/2010/04/19/pork-l...

              was absolutely fantastic and I would eat it every week!

            2. re: junglekitte

              The dill really makes spanakopita terrific. Tyropita is also worth making. While I love a good taramosalata or pastitsio, simple dishes like avgolemeno or horiatiki are really, really good in their own right.

            3. http://www.glensplace.com/files/SideD...
              Something as simple as Greek potatoes can really round out a ho hum meal.