Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Myzithra – Greek Cheese

In her book “When Zeus Became a Man (with Cretan shepherds),” author Sabine Ivanovas describes myzithra as “the most sensuous cheese of the world.” When she visited cheesemaker Vassilikos in the village of Xeraxyla on Crete and asked for a sample of his just-made myzithra, she reported that it melts on the tongue and fills […]

Myzithropita: Myzithra Cheesecake

In Greek: μυζηθρόπιτα, pronounced mee-zee-THROH-pee-tah Myzithra, like many Greek cheeses, comes in two varieties: fresh and soft, and aged and sharp. This recipe calls for unsalted fresh myzithra. If you can’t find this fabulous cheese, try the recipe with another dense, slightly moist, unsalted white cheese, such as ricotta or mascarpone. Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Ingredients: […]

Octopus Soup

HTAPODOSOUPA This soup traditionally calls for dried octopus, not the easiest thing to find either in America or in urban Greece, so I have reworked it a little for fresh octopus. Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients: 1 medium fresh or frozen octopus (about 3 pounds), cleaned if necessary 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup dry white […]

Crumbled Feta Spread on Bread from Zakynthos

PRETZA ME PSOMI Pretza is a local feta cheese product made in Zakynthos and Cephalonia, something akin to cream cheese but pungent and peppery. You can find it in several cheese shops in Athens, but it is nowhere to be found in America. You can make an ersatz version by mixing crumbled feta with a little ricotta or fresh Greek myzithra […]

Stuffed Zucchini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Kolokytakia Yemista me Liastes Domates

In Greek: κολοκυθάκια γεμιστά με λιαστές ντομάτες, pronounced koh-loh-kee-THAHK-yah meh lee-ahs-TES doh-MAH-tes This recipe for stuffed zucchini is a summer delight with orzo pasta, myzithra cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Ingredients: 6 large zucchini 1/2 pound of orzo pasta 1 large onion, minced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 pound […]

Baked Zucchini with Mint – Kolokythakia me Dyosmo

In Greek: κολοκυθάκια με δυόσμο pronounced koh-loh-kee-THAH-keeyah meh thee-OHZ-moh The two-step process of first lightly frying the zucchini then baking it with added ingredients is often found in Greek zucchini recipes as it softens the zucchini and gives it an opportunity to absorb some of the olive oil. Like many Greek vegetable dishes, this can […]

Greek Cheeses

Some words about Greek Cheeses Greek Cheeses List: Name in English Name in Greek Pronunciation Anevato Ανεβατό ah-neh-vah-TOH Anthotyro Ανθότυρο ahn-THOH-tee-roh Batzos Μπάτζος BAHD-zohss Feta Φέτα FEHT-tah Formaella Φορμαέλλα for-mah-EL-lah Galotyri Γαλοτύρι ghah-loh-TEE-ree Graviera Γραβιέρα ghrahv-YAIR-ah Kalathaki Καλαθάκι kah-lah-THAH-kee Kasseri Κασέρι kah-SEH-ree Katiki Κατίκι kah-TEE-kee Kefalograviera Κεφαλογραβιέρα keh-fah-loh-ghrav-YAIR-ah Kefalotyri Κεφαλοτύρι keh-fah-lo-TEE-ree Kopanisti Κοπανιστή koh-pah-nee-STEE Ladotyri […]

Greek Cheeses some words

According to Greek mythology, Aristaios, son of Apollo and Cyrene, was sent by the gods to give the gift of cheese-making to the Greeks. It was called a “gift of everlasting value,” and if the reputation of today’s variety of Greek cheeses is anything to go by, the value of that gift keeps increasing with […]