Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Greek Asparagus Soup

A light soup with asparagus, leeks, zucchini, and potatoes, slightly thickened with cornstarch and the traditional taste of lemon juice. This asparagus soup is light and delightful, and easy to make. The recipe serves four to six and works well with a salad as a light meal, or as a soup course. Cook Time: 1 hour Total […]

Asparagus Omelet

OMELETA ME SPARANGI (Peloponnesos) Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt to taste 6 to 8 asparagus spears, woody bottoms trimmed 6 large eggs 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour Freshly ground white pepper to taste Makes 4 to 6 servings Method: 1. Heat a large, well-seasoned cast-iron or nonstick skillet for about a minute over high […]

Spanaki me Sparaggia Ograten: Spinach & Asparagus Bake

In Greek: σπανάκι με σπαράγγια ογκρατέν, pronounced spah-NAH-kee meh spah-RAHG-yah oh-grah-TEN Ograten (au gratin) dishes became part of the Greek cooking experience in the early 1900s, and this combination of fresh spinach and asparagus on a bed of grated potatoes, with cream and sharp cheese is a delicious example of this type of cooking. Serve as a […]

Omeleta me Sparaggia & Kolokythi: Asparagus and Zucchini Omelet

In Greek: ομελέτα με σπαράγγια και κολοκύθι, pronounced oh-meh-LEH-tah meh spah-RAHG-yah keh koh-loh-KEE-thee This fabulous omelet features fresh asparagus and winter squash or zucchini. It’s an easy and quick dish that’s perfect for brunch, a meze or a light meal. Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 5 eggs 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground […]

What Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs Are in Season Now?

Question: What Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs Are in Season Now? Traditional Greek cooking is based on what’s in season at the moment. Meals are often planned at the last minute, depending on what looks irresistible at the market! So what’s in season now? Answer:In today’s world of refrigeration and hothouse-grown produce, the distinction among seasonal produce […]

What Did the Ancient Greeks Eat

Question: What Did the Ancient Greeks Eat? Answer:The foods of ancient Greece were similar to foods we eat today, but did not include many that have become important parts of modern Greek cooking. For example, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and bananas didn’t arrive in Greece until after the discovery of the Americas in the 15th century, because […]

Ancient Greek Cuisine – Vegetables,Fruit,Seasonings

Another difference that distinguishes the ancient Greek diet from that of Northern Europeans was the consumption of vegetables and fruit in vast quantities. In fact, certain ancient Greeks, such as Plato, Callimachus and the Pythagoreans, strongly advocated vegetarianism. Certainly, the fruit and vegetables consumed by the ancient Greeks were not the same as those avialable […]

Byzantine cuisine – Wild greens and vegetables

Due to fasting, the Byzantines incorporated fresh vegetables and wild greens in their meals much more often than the ancient Greeks, although the varieties consumed in both historic periods did not vary considerably. Compared with the modern age, fresh vegetables and wild greens were given different names and varied in their cooking method; for these […]

Greek Food And Drink Glossary

Now, when you entertain people to a Greek meal, you can impress them with your knowledge of Greek! The letters in bold italics show where the accent should go when you pronounce it. almond – ameegdalo (soft d) aniseed – anitho apple – meelo apricot – vereekoko artichoke – aggeenara (hard g) asparagus – sparangee (hard […]