Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Pilaf with a Head of Garlic from Ithaca

ITHAKIANO PILAFI ME ENA KEFALI SKORDO I took a couple of liberties with this old Ithacan dish. First, believe it or not, I reduced the amount of garlic from one head per serving to one head for 4 servings. The garlic is poached first, an old Greek method for ridding it of its bitter edge. I also replaced the […]

Shrimp and Curry Pilaf from Ithaca

GARIDES PILAFI ME KARI A strange and very un-Greek recipe, since this unusual dish has existed in Ithaca for the last three decades. It is the product of two historical forces—the British domination of the island from the end of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth and the economic circumstances that forced husbands, brothers, and sons to take […]

Festive pilaf of Peloponnesos

The simple Sunday and festive meal eaten in most of the Peloponnesos and elsewhere. Ingredients: 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 21/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into large stewing pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup long-grain rice Juice of 1 lemon 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 […]