Top Greek Foods To Try
Greece is known for many things, among them beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, rich history and incredible food! While we’re still navigating our way through what we hope to be the last dregs of this pandemic, travelling to Greece itself is not exactly possible for most of us. Not to worry!
While we may have to miss out on experiencing the scenery and culture first-hand, we can feast on some of the delicious culinary delights that the country is famous for. Most of these items are available at delis, but if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can certainly make them yourself! Let’s take a closer look at some of our favourites below.
A mainstay of classic Greek cuisine is dips such as melitzanosalata (made from aubergine), tzatziki (a blend of yogurt, garlic and cucumber) and fava (a creamy puree of split peas). However, perhaps the most memorable and flavourful of all is delicious taramasalata.
This delectable dip is made from a creamy mix of either white or pink fish roe. Traditionally, it features a potato or bread base and is best served with a sharp squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of olive oil.
It is said that not only every region but every household in Greece has its own variation of dolmades, whether it take the form of a vine leaf parcel or a hollowed-out vegetable like a tomato, courgette or pepper that is then stuffed and baked in an oven. Making them is a rite of passage and it’s an almost sacred act.
The stuffing consists of a base of long-grain rice, often mixed together with minced meat. However, vegetarian versions of the dish boast very flavourful rice with strong herbs like dill, oregano, fennel and thyme. Pine nuts are also frequently used to add another element of flavour to this dish.
Moussaka is perhaps the most widely recognised Greek dish there is. This delicious oven-baked casserole is made up of generous layers of eggplant, spiced meat and creamy bechamel sauce. To top off that incredible flavour combination is some bubbling cheese – could you imagine anything more satisfying?
One of the most popular fast foods to come out of Greece is souvlaki, or charcoal-grilled chunks of skewered meat. This is usually served on top of a bed of chopped tomatoes and onions with generous lashings of tzatziki.
Gyros are also popular and are wrapped in a flatbread with salad and sauces. These are usually made from lamb, but chicken, beef and pork options are becoming increasingly popular. They are an anytime, anywhere dish and are great for enjoying when playing at an online gambling casino.
Of course, no list of delicious food would be complete without any mention of dessert, and baklava is the perfect dish for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. Baklava is actually found all over Greece, Turkey and the Middle East.
The dish is essentially sweet pastry that has been soaked in a delicious, honey-like syrup and layered with crushed nuts like walnuts, pistachios or almonds. It makes for the perfect end to a delightful meal, especially when accompanied by a strong cup of coffee.