Greek Cuisine

Zaliki Hotel
Jan 28, 2016 · 3 min read

Greece is surrounded by sea and blessed with moderate Mediterranean climate which sets the tone for the Greek menu. Greek cuisine is abundant with seafood dishes and a lot of fresh vegetables, lemons, artichokes and other fresh fruits. Greeks don’t neglect meat, they make great pork and lamb dishes.

A great Greek meal always starts with Mezedes — appetizers served before the main dish. Made in bite-sized pieces, people share them while drinking traditional Greek liqueurs such as Ouzo or Tsipouro. There is a great variety of Mezedes. Small cheese pies with feta called Tiropitakia or Spanako pitakia with spinach. Dolmades are also very popular, they consist from rice, onions and mincemeat sometimes that are wrapped in a wine leaf. There are a lot of dips which are served with loaf bread or pita bread. Seafood Mezedes are also popular, grilled octopus — Htapodi, fried squid with lemon juice — Kalamarakia, and many more.

Greeks have a lot of excellent main dishes such as Moussaka, which has a base made of potatoes topped with eggplants, onions, and ground beef. Paidakia — grilled lamb’s ribs served with lemon. Kokoretsi — wrapped and roasted entrails of lamb, served with lemon. Keftedakia — fried meatballs of beef, garlic and bread. Meat is often served with Horta, roast potatoes, eggplants, onions, garlic, tomato sauce and olive oil.

Greeks also have great street foods such as famous Gyros. Gyros is certainly the most popular Greek street food. Gyros is the name for a large rotating vertical stick with pieces of meat that rotates and slowly cooks over a fire. Chunks of meat are then sliced and go into a sandwich from Greek pita bread. Souvlaki is Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is usually served in a pita sandwich with garnishes and sauces, or on a dinner plate, often with fried potatoes.

As for breakfast, one of the most popular variants is Bougatsa it is a simple pastry pie made of layers of filo filled with a variety of fillings. Served in bite size pieces, it is great with milk or coffee, or with Greek yogurt.

Greeks often end meals with fresh fruit or with sweets. Sweets are often based on honey and nuts. Nuts and honey are layered in thin sheets of phyllo dough to make sweet snacks.

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