Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

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 […]

Bread or Rusks with Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Salted Sardines from Lefkada

RIGANATHA APO TIN LEFKADA This is another simple bread snack that was the traditional afternoon meal among field hands and farmers in Lefkada. Islanders will tell you proudly that riganatha isn’t made anywhere else in Greece, and they are right. Unique to this dish is its dressing—rose water vinegar. For the rose water vinegar: The traditional way of making this was […]

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 […]

Greek Chicken – Kota Riganati

A traditional favorite that is known the world over, Greek Chicken or Kota Riganati features the quintessential Greek flavors of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano. Cook Time: 50 minutes Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes Yield: 4 -6 servings Ingredients: 4 lbs. chicken – whole fryer cut up or pieces (bone in) 1/2 cup olive oil juice of 4 lemons […]

Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken with Potatoes – Kotopoulo Fournou

In Greek: κοτόπουλο φούρνου, pronounced koh-TOH-poo-loh FOOR-noo Easy to make and delicious, the combination of oregano, garlic, and lemon juice marks this as a Greek classic. Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Ingredients: 1 chicken, approx. 3 1/2 pounds, cut in half 3 1/4 pounds of potatoes, peeled, quartered juice of 2 medium lemons sea […]

Stuffed Chicken with Potatoes – Kotopoulo Yemisto

In Greek: κοτόπουλο γεμιστό, pronounced koh-TOH-poo-loh yeh-mee-STOH A sharp cheese, green pepper, and garlic make a terrific stuffing. This is a great one-dish meal and a pretty one as well. Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, approx. 3 1/2 pounds 3 1/4 pounds of potatoes (and sweet potatoes, optional), peeled, quartered […]

Greek Marinated Leg Of Lamb

This is a classic Greek style rotisserie leg of lamb. A great meal for any occasion or holiday, such as Easter. This leg of lamb is so good you’ll want to celebrate Tuesday with it. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes Yield: Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients: 3 pound leg of lamb, boned and tied […]