Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Moussaka with Potatoes – Mousakas Patates

In Greek: μουσακάς πατάτες, say: moo-sah-KAS pah-TAH-tes Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Ingredients: 5-6 pounds of potatoes, peeled, cut in 1/2 inch slices 2 tablespoons of olive oil 4 medium onions, chopped 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef (or lamb) 3 cups of chopped ripe tomatoes with juice (or canned tomatoes) 1 cup […]

Moussaka with Zucchini – Mousakas Kolokythakia

In Greek: μουσακάς κολοκυθάκια, say: moo-sah-KAS koh-loh-kee-THAK-yah Layers of zucchini, meat sauce, cheese, and a creamy béchamel create a fabulous oven-to-table casserole. Select mature zucchini or Italian squash (they look like large zucchini) for best results. Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Ingredients: 5-6 pounds of mature zucchini, trimmed, cut in 1/2 inch slices […]

Vegetarian (Meatless) Moussaka Recipe

Moussaka (moo-sah-KAH) is perhaps the most widely recognized Greek dish. This recipe is a result of tinkering with the traditional ingredients to make a lighter, vegetarian moussaka recipe. I wouldn’t recommend trying to whip this up on a busy weeknight as it is still quite time consuming. When you have the time to devote to prepping […]

Moussaka Byzantine Recipe

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups natural barley salt 3/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled 1 lb. ground beef 1 onion, finely chopped bread crumbs 4 zucchini, sliced 3 cups medium white sauce: 2 Tbs olive oil 2 Tbs flour 1 cup of warm milk pinch of salt Method: Cook the barley in salted water until done. Drain […]

Bechamel Sauce with Cheese

In Greek: μπεσαμέλ με τυρί (pronounced behs-sah-MEL meh tee-REE) It’s made with evaporated milk and contains cheese, and is just one variation of this popular sauce used with meats and vegetables. It isn’t hard to make, and doesn’t take long, but it has to be stirred the entire time. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes […]

Nutmeg – Moschokarido Herb

Greek name and pronunciation: Moschokaritho, μοσχοκάρυδο, pronounced mos-ho-KAH-ree-thoh (hard th, rhymes with “dough”) At the market: Both “whole nut” and ground powdered nutmeg are readily available commercially. Physical characteristics: The nut is a shiny dark brown in color, oval in shape, and about an inch long by 1/2-inch diameter. The nut’s interior is a lighter […]

Vegetables Byzantine Recipes

 Moussaka  Salad Oxogarita  Byzantine Murri  Byzantine Mustard Sauce  Carotæ and Pastinacæ (Carrots and Parsnips in Wine Sauce)  Fungis (Mushrooms In Sauce)  Ius in Assaturae (For Roasted Meat)  Lenticulam (Lentils With Leeks)  Mystron (Savoury Barley)  White Sals (Walnut Dip)  Carrot Paste  Cooked dish of lentils  Isfanakh Mutajjan (spinach in garlic) Fried cheese with onions (Tiganito tyri me krotyon) […]

Besamel: Basic Greek Bechamel

In Greek: μπεσαμέλ, pronounced beh-sah-MEL This is the basic, medium-thick white sauce used in moussaka and melitzanes papoutsakia (little eggplant shoes). Increasing the ratio of butter and flour to the milk will result in a thicker sauce, and decreasing will make a lighter sauce. Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 5 tablespoons of all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter […]