A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

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A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Greek cuisine has a long history and is famous from leafy fries and grilled grilled meats, to syrupy hamburgers and fish. As the southernmost state in Europe, mainland Greece and the islands generally encounter a Mediterranean climate perfect for farming and viticulture.

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Introduction to Cuisine

Traditional Seafood Platter

Classic Ingredients

Its place at the Aegean has provided direct access to fresh fish for the last 10,000 years. Top quality ingredients, fresh herbs, and family recipes characterize traditional Greek food. Greek gastronomy is one of the healthiest and long-lived of the world cuisines — the heaven of a foodie.

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Meze (Appetizers and Common Starters)

Core ingredients classic and traditional Greek foods include olive oil, herbs (oregano, lavender, and thyme are the most frequent ), tomatoes, meat, beef, pork, fish, poultry, shrimp, and also even wine. Other specialties contain oats, honey, olives, cheese, sausage, baklava, and olive oil. Below are a number of the seafood products that are new it is possible to see in areas including the Athens Central Market.

Fresh Shrimp

Easter Lambs

Fresh Octopus

Traditional Greek Foods

Live Crabs

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Meze is famous for”mezedes” and all these are essentially small shared dishes very similar to tapas in Spain and the meze of all Cyprus. A spread of meze can be arranged as beginners, or paired with either wine or ouzo and consumed as a casual meal. Meze are normally a means also to prepare one for the remainder of the meal to come, and to drink with a full stomach. Bread for dipping usually accompanies meze and served on tiny plates. Below are a number of meze dishes.

Classic Meze Spread

Meze with a view

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Regional Specialties

Eggplant Salad Dip

Fried Sardines

Tzatziki

Greek Salads

Fried Octopus Meatballs

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Meat Keftedes

After the meze portion of the meal is completed, the principal courses will roll outside. Based on where you are in Greece, traditional dishes can range from octopus and mullet, to roasted pork and grilled lamb chops. Northern Greeks incorporate red meat and pork in their diet, Though the islands like access to fresh fish throughout the calendar year. Tavernas and most restaurants may contain ingredients in their menus to make certain that clients are receiving the best food possible.

Moussaka

Stuffed and Baked Eggplant

Souvlaki Platter

Sweets

Shrimp Saganaki

Traditional Foods for Holidays and Special Occasions

Stuffed Tomatoes

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Greek Food Glossary A-Z

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Zouzoukakia Meatballs

Fried Kalamari

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Orzo Pasta

Gyro, photo courtesy of TwoWanderingJews.com

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Every city, town, village, and island in Greece has its own culinary specialties. Regional dishes are perhaps the very best way to taste the ingredients. Santorini incorporates unique local products such as fava beans, tomatoes, and also the grape , into its gastronomy.

Average Rhodes Island Sausage with honey (bottom right of over Photograph )

 

Symi Shrimp

Tomato Fritters in Santorini

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Santorini Fava Bean Dip

Squid Salad Santorini

Mackerel and Black Eyed Peas Salad Santorini

Greeks love their meat, but they also understand the worth of a well-balanced meal. No standard meal is complete without a big salad. The most classic Greek salad is popularly known as the most”xoriatiki salata”or shrub salad. This salad generally comprises tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, onions, oregano, and olive oil. Greece has endless options Even though the village sandwich is usually the go-to option.

Santorini

Symi

Rhodes

Kos

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Delphi Town

A traditional meal will finish with a dessert to clean the palate. Many are simple, but many others are labor-intensive and require a level of ability, particularly when working with phyllo dough. Greek bakeries each have their carefully guarded secrets for preparing pastries and candies that are classic. Weight usually sells desserts and beautifully packed in cardboard takeaway boxes. Tip: if you are invited to somebody’s home for supper and you need to make a good impression, show up with a box of new bakery candies.

Baklava

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Koulourakia Cookies

Box of sweets from a Kalymnos Island bakery

Ice-cold frappe: the Best compliment to Some dessert break

The Greek Orthodox Church is a major association in Greece, and it’s estimated that over 90% of the nation’s population belongs to the faith. Many Greeks will stick to the requirements of spiritual feast days and Fridays during Lent that prohibit cheese and meat. Easter Sunday is the most important day at the Greek Orthodox faith. Easter Sunday is a day of observing and eating. Average Greek Easter foods comprise tsoureki (sweet bread) and also arnaki (spit-roasted lamb).

Uncooked Easter Kokoretsi (lamb innards wrapped in intestines)

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Cooked Kokoretsi is delicious!

A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

Tsoureki, the perfect post-Easter breakfast

Check out these delicious classic Greek recipes.

We have no doubt that your gastronomic adventures in Greece will leave you satisfied. Of the pictures in this article have been of foods we ate during our travels throughout Greece. Throughout the summer of 2013, we visited with Santorini, and Athens, Peloponnese, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos. We sampled a bit of everything as you can see, and we also encourage you to do exactly the same! When in doubt, ask locals for the areas they recommend. Squeeze some lemon juice on it, so order a pitcher of house wine, and love!

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A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

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A Guide to Classic and Traditional Greek Foods

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