Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Flaming Prawns – Garithes me Ouzo

In Greek: γαρίδες με ούζο, pronounced ghah-REE-thes meh OO-zo Flambé dishes are always fun and this is no exception. When shopping for prawns, look for those that are sold 5 to the pound. These may also sold as “extra colossal” shrimp. Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 5 prawns, 1/4 pound each 1 cup of carrots, […]

Koulourakia Ouzou: Traditional Ouzo Cookies

In Greek: κουλουράκια ούζου, say: koo-loo-RAHK-yah OO-zoo The flavor of these cookies is Greece. The flavor of the ouzo is intensified with the addition of ground anise and coriander to create a taste that works as an appetizer, snack, or dessert. The cookies are made with olive oil, a Greek tradition as well. Cook Time: 30 minutes […]

What to Serve with Ouzo: Mezethes

Small dishes of foods are always served with ouzo and can range from simple to elaborate. Here are a few suggestions: Cold No-Cook Mezethes Nuts and dried fruit Lathovrekto (Greek Bruschetta) Olive Paste Taramosalata Tomato and feta salad Chunks of Greek cheese(graviera and feta, especially) Cucumber slices Olives Tomato slices Crusty bread, breadsticks, pita wedges Hot Mezethes Baked potatoes […]

Fried Octopus from Ithaca

TIGANITO HTAPOTHAKI APO TIN ITHAKI Makes 8 to 10 meze servings Octopus is the Lenten fare par excellence in Ithaca. There is plenty of it, it is rich and filling despite its associations with the fast, and it is cooked in several unusual ways. The following recipes were given to me by Mihalis Maghoulas, an Ithacan native who tinkers in […]

Shortbread Cookies from Levithi

KOURAMBIETHES ME ELAIOLATHO APO TO LEVITHI Makes about 72 shortbread cookies Ingredients: 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup ouzo 1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup finely chopped walnuts Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour, […]

Greek Spiced Fig Cakes – Sykomaïtha

In Greek: συκομαϊδα, pronounced see-koh-ma-EE-thah (hard “th”) Traditionally, these little bundles of spiced figs wrapped in fig leaves are dried in the sun, but a slow oven does a great job. Once cooked, these will stay fresh and edible up to a year. Although the list of ingredients is slightly long, they are easy to […]

Meatballs in Sauce with Peppers – Keftethakia me Piperies

In Greek: κεφτεδάκια με πιπεριές, say: kef-teh-THAHK-yah meh pee-peh-ree-YES The meatballs in this recipe for Meatballs in Sauce with Peppers aren’t just made with ground beef (hamburger meat)… they include eggplant! A fabulous tomato sauce with red and green peppers adds to the delightful taste combination. Serve with rice. The recipe serves 6-8. Ingredients: FOR […]

Anise – Glikanisos

Greek name and pronunciation: Glykaniso, γλυκάνισο, pronounced glee-KAH-nee-so At the market: Dried and ground anise seed are usually available in small disposable bags or in sprinkle-pour bottles. Physical characteristics: Originally from Asia and North Africa, the anise plant grows to between 19.5 and 31.5 inches tall, with leaves that originate at the base of the […]

Kasseri – Greek Cheese

Kasseri cheese is a medium texture, slightly tart, table cheese that is popular in Greek cuisine. Its color ranges from off white to slightly yellow, depending on how long it has been aged and the type of milk that is used. Kasseri is usually aged for at least four months, until it develops a hard consistency like Parmesan or Romano cheese. A […]