Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Octapodi Ksithato (Pickled Octopus)

Method: Select one or more Octopus (preferably fresh) according to how much you want to make. They must be well beaten and tenderized. Wash well and put it in a pot with some water. Octopuses discharge their own broth which they cook in. Add some water if octopus does not discharge any water. Cook for […]

Rolled Baklava – Baklavas Rolo

In Greek: μπακλαβάς ρολό, pronounced bahk-lah-VAHSS ro-LO I encourage you to try this if you’ve been hesitant about using phyllo dough. The recipe includes expanded directions and tips, but if this is your first time working with phyllo and you haven’t read the Beginner’s Guide to Phyllo, you might want to check it out. Cook Time: 1 hour, […]

Gastrin – Ancient Version of Baklava

In Greek: γάστριν, pronounced GHAHS-treen Sesame seeds, pepper, and poppy seeds are only some of the unusual ingredients in this ancient recipe. Petimezi (a sweetener made from grapes), used long before sugar arrived in Greece, adds to the unique taste. If you’re hooked on the Ancients, give this recipe a try. Note that sugar is used in this syrup, […]

Piperies Xythates: Marinated Bell Peppers

In Greek: πιππεριές ξυδάτες, pronounced pee-peh-ree-YES ksee-THAH-tes I usually use green bell peppers to make this recipe because they’re so easy to find, but it’s delicious and colorful made with a range of colors. The recipe is very simple and the peppers keep in the refrigerator for weeks, so if you love them, make a […]

Arni Kleftiko (Oven Baked Lamb)

Kleftiko is usually made out of mature Lamb or Goats meat. It must be cooked in a clay sealed pot wrapped in aluminum foil individual pieces. In the old days and even now, in the villages of Cyprus, one can find in almost every house an outdoor oven made out of clay or bricks called […]

Moungra (Battered- Pickled Cauliflower)

Ingredients: 4 kilo cauliflower 1200gr unbaked loaf of bread or sour dough 1/2 a cup of mustard seeds whole Salt Method: – Cover the unbaked loaf of bread (which you can purchases from a baker shop) with a kitchen towel for about 4-5 days until it turns sour. – Remove the hard stem from the cauliflower […]

Cyprus Recipes – Baklava

Ingredients 1 pound (4 cups) blanched almonds or walnuts or a combination of both, finely chopped 3/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 pound filo pastry 3 sticks (3/4 pound) unsalted butter, melted, for brushing filo SYRUP 2 cups water 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice A 2-inch strip of lemon rind […]

Donats: Greek Sugar-Sprinkled Donuts

In Greek: ντόνατς, pronounced DOH-nuts This is a basic Greek donut recipe. The key to this recipe is the temperature: all ingredients need to be at room temperature; work surfaces should be at room temperature as well, and the cooking environment needs to be warm and dry. If countertops feel cool or cold to the […]

Garlicky Eggplant from Zakynthos – MELITZANES SKORDOSTOUMBI

MELITZANES SKORDOSTOUMBI – Μελιτζάνες σκορδοστούμπι This simple dish is a paean to the robust flavors that mark so much of Greek and Ionian—cooking. Garlic and vinegar are a combination we find on country tables all over Greece, but usually it is one reserved for seasoning meat. Its use here with eggplant is what makes it unique. Makes 4 to 6 servings […]