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Cold Greek main dish?

lupaglupa Aug 12, 2011 07:05 AM

I'm doing a picnic with a Greek theme and I'm having trouble finding a main dish that I can serve cold (or at room temp). I'd love to do lamb or sausages but every recipe I see says "serve hot." Anyone have ideas for me? Please?!

  1. lupaglupa Aug 14, 2011 06:16 PM

    We ended up with so much rain forecast we had our picnic indoors : (

    I made: tsatsiki, skordalia, meatballs, zucc. fritters, spanakopita, a greek style chopped salad and served olives, sardines and pita. It was great. Thanks for all the help!

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      glacier206 Aug 14, 2011 11:16 AM

      Not sure how Greek it is, but Ina's Greek panzanella would be nice for a picnic:


      1. monavano Aug 12, 2011 11:28 AM


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          betsydiver Aug 12, 2011 11:32 AM


        2. Bada Bing Aug 12, 2011 09:27 AM

          Well, while it would probably freak out many mainstream Americans, it bears mentioning that Greek octopus dishes are often best at room temp. Just food for thought...

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            mamachef Aug 12, 2011 10:13 AM

            What a great thing to think of....and if they're grilling they could do that there, too...

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              Bada Bing Aug 12, 2011 10:42 AM

              I'm glad I'm not the only one to find this appealing! Average Americans cannot usually bring an open mind to octopus.

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                mamachef Aug 12, 2011 10:49 AM

                My mind's pretty open to the Universal food Gestalt. Plus I love octopus.

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                  Wtg2Retire Aug 12, 2011 05:18 PM

                  My cousin was at a party and loved one of the food offerings - in fact he could hardly get enough of it. When he finally asked what it was and could he have the recipe and he was told it was octupus, he literally turned green and ran for the bathroon. It just proves that our built-in biases about food are true.

            2. re: Bada Bing
              lupaglupa Aug 12, 2011 11:39 AM

              I'm okay with octopus but more than half the group aren't - including the guest of honor.

              1. re: lupaglupa
                Bada Bing Aug 12, 2011 12:13 PM

                You did a poll? Worthy effort, but unsurprising result.

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                  lupaglupa Aug 13, 2011 02:24 PM

                  No poll, I'm basing it on my knowledge of the guests (all family). They won't even eat fried calamari.

                  1. re: lupaglupa
                    Bada Bing Aug 13, 2011 03:29 PM

                    Okay. I vote with the spanakopita folks, then. Though katecm's grilling scheme looks delicious, too.

              2. re: Bada Bing
                suburban_mom Aug 12, 2011 07:54 PM

                My 12 yo son loves octopus. He is my pickiest eater but loves octopus. Go figure.

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                katecm Aug 12, 2011 08:56 AM

                I like to give chicken thighs a nice long marinade in oregano, crushed red pepper, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, then grill. Set aside, maybe slice if you want. Grill sliced red onions, sliced eggplant, slized zucchini, and a few skewers of cherry tomatoes. Throw everything on a big old platter and serve with a feta and yogurt sauce, hummus, and pita. Nothing needs to be hot. It stays delicious. Everyone can scoop and dip as they like.

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                  suburban_mom Aug 12, 2011 07:56 PM

                  This would be my mainstream Greek entree to serve.

                2. mamachef Aug 12, 2011 07:11 AM

                  Dolmades: stuffed vine or grapeleaves, done with rice, minced lamb, onion....you could add some ground sausage to the mixture too, too. Greek meatballs would be a fine room-temp option also, or marinated leg of lamb (but I truly prefer most of my foods room temp. so bear that in mind.) I know these things would all hold up fine, though.

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                    pinehurst Aug 12, 2011 07:42 AM

                    Totally agree w/ above. On food network.com, Bobby Flay's recipe for Greek Orzo & Grilled Shrimp Salad is also very good (and easy). I can vouch that it's nice cold.


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