Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Oregano Chicken – Kotopoulo Riganato

In Greek: κοτόπουλο ριγανάτο, say: koh-TOH-poo-loh ree-ghah-NAH-toh This is my favorite recipe for oregano chicken. It involves three steps: brining, browning, and boiling, and is worth every minute of prep time. The resulting chicken – stewed with onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and plenty of oregano, is delicious and falling-off-the-bone tender. Prep Time: 4 hours Cook Time: 1 hour, […]

Oregano and honey glazed lamb

Note: In Greece lambs are small and one can never buy just the leg, which is usually sold together with some of the ribs, so 2.5kg were barely enough for 4 people. In other countries where you can buy larger animals, that amount of meat will be too much for just for people, so adjust […]

Octopus Salad with Oregano Oil

Greeks eat a lot of octopus, and a cold octopus salad is a common meze (appetizer) served with raki or ouzo, the local anise-flavored liqueurs. This is my take on the classic, which uses olive oil infused with fresh oregano as well as green olives steeped in bitter Seville orange juice. Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes Total […]

Oregano – Rigani

Greek name and pronunciation: Rigani, ρίγανη, pronounced REE-gah-nee At the market: Oregano is sold fresh and dried as cuttings of flower tops and leaves packaged in disposable containers or as dried, ground leaves packaged in sprinkle-pour bottles.Caution: Not all oreganos are equal. Greek oregano (rigani) is a subspecies with the latin name Origanum vulgare (previously Origanum […]

Sartheles Psites: Baked Sardines with Garlic & Oregano

In Greek: σαρδέλες ριγανάτες, pronounced sar-THEH-les ree-ghah-NAH-tes The hardest part of this recipe may be finding fresh sardines. This is a favorite dish all over Greece, and an easy one to make. The recipe calls for fresh sardines, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 2 – 2 […]

Sliced Feta with Oregano and Olive Oil

Whatever else is on your table as an appetizer or main meal, add a slice of feta cheese. Feta is the ultimate “table cheese,” meaning it can go on the table before you even start thinking about a meal, and stay there to accompany each course, even dessert fruits. This non-cook “recipe” puts an authentic […]

Stuffed Veal Cooked in Aromatic Tomato Sauce

SKARTSOTSETTA Here’s a dish that some claim was the invention of Zakynthian and Corfiote taverna owners, but others, more wisely, point to Venice as the source of its provenance. (Skartsotsetta—at least etymologically— probably derives from the Italian scartocetti for “packets” because of the way the thinly sliced veal isstuffed, rolled, and braised.) Regardless of its origins, the dish has evolved to […]