Greek Cuisine is simple and complex, at the same time. It is a classic Mediterranean cuisine, with meat, fish, vegetables and olive oil.
In Greece they don’t use to serve any first course. The meal usually start with a few appetizers, mezedes, with a following (often grilled) fish or meat main course, often grilled, or a salad with cheeses.
Among the most tasty and famous appetizers there is Saganaki, consisting in a slice of sheep cheese, deep-fried and then seasoned with black pepper and lemon juice.
Among meat-based recipes, They have Souvlaki, consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on skewers, and Gyro, a dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit, commonly served as Píta Gýros, with tzatziki sauce, tomato, onion and fried potatoes in addition to the meat, in an oiled, lightly grilled piece of pita, a soft, slightly leavened flatbread.
As regards baked dishes, the best-known is, no doubt, Moussaka, a layered eggplant and potato-based dish with white sauce and ground meat, someway similar to Italian parmigiana.
They also have many salads, like Khoriátiki Salàda, Greek salas, with sliced cucumber, tomatoes and onions, and diced Feta cheese, seasoned with evo oil, oregano and olives.
Greek cuisine is also known for its yogurts and cheeses.
The most famous cheese is Feta, a brined curd white cheese made from sheep’s milk.
Yogurt is usually served to accompany dishes or make sauces, like famouse tzatziki, made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint and olive oil.
Also typical of Greek cuisine are desserts like Baklava, also known in Turkey, made with layers of filo pastry filled with crushed almonds and honey.
Among drinks, there is the famous anise aperitif ouzo.
Following, you’ll find the Greek recipes I’ve made so far 🙂