A compilation of 10 traditional Greek meals for anyone interested in cooking Greek food.
Παραδοσιακές ελληνικές συνταγές. Anyone interested in learning more about Greek cooking and traditional Greek recipes will welcome this post! We’ve compiled a selection of traditional Greek foods which go beyond the better known, and amazing moussaka and pastitsio (don’t worry, we’ve included those too!). We hope that this will help inspire you to make Greek main meals that you may not have heard of, but that we think you will certainly enjoy.
Traditional Greek recipes are very regional; depending upon what area of Greece you are living and eating in, recipes will vary. Our parents are from the Peloponnese, Messinia to be more exact. So, some of these recipes, and their specific preparation are specific to that area, and to our family. We hope that you will enjoy them as much as we do!
Our healthy brownie baked oatmeal is vegan and has no refined sugar.
It can be quite easy to eat well, if you know where to turn! If you are concerned about making healthy food choices, finding recipes that satisfy the less-than-good-for-you-cravings, while still being wholesome, is so important. It’s easy to stick to a healthy diet if you focus on vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins all the time, but let’s face it, sometimes you want ooey, gooey chocolate.
Peach galette is an easy and delicious summer dessert
Nothing screams summer as much as biting into a ripe peach and having the juice run down your chin. Any fruit that you have to slurp before you bite is sure to be delicious, and a perfectly ripe peach is worth all shirt stains and sticky fingers. A perfect summer peach is something you remember. One of us can still taste the peach that cost more than any fruit should, purchased at the now long closed Balducci’s in New York’s Greenwich Village. For a struggling student that peach was a fortune, and it was worth every penny.
This slushy cocktail made with ouzo and lemonade is the perfect summer slushie treat!
Summer makes us thirsty! There is nothing like a refreshing cocktail, sipped poolside, to help celebrate the warm weather months. Flavours and recipes we would pass on in winter, we crave in the summer – frosty cocktails are one of those things.
Montreal summers can get pretty hot and humid. Temperatures ranging in the high twenties or early thirties, with a high humidex can make you feel hot and sweaty and pretty uncomfortable. The best place to be when that happens is by the water (a pool, a lake, the shower), sipping a nice cool drink.
A delicious and easy crustless zucchini tart made with Greek cheese
Over the years, inspired by our parents’ garden, we have attempted to grow all sorts of vegetables. There was the summer that we planted butternut squash and had a beginner’s luck year, with a bounty of close to 20 beautiful gourds. Assuming that we had soil that was the perfect growing condition for our favourite winter squash, we planted them again the following year. One butternut squash was all we got. We made soup. A little bit of soup.
Lahanodolmades, Greek stuffed cabbage rolls with tomato sauce
Λαχανοντολμάδες με σάλτσα ντομάτας. We feel sorry for cabbage. If vegetables were sentient beings, we could imagine cabbage sitting in the corner, huddled together with okra and eggplant, maligned and misunderstood. It’s no secret that many people, given the choice, would pass on cabbage. With a reputation for being gas-producing and unglamorous, cabbage is one of those vegetables that we can easily ignore, because we know that if and when we need it, it will be there.
The perfect buckle, made with any mixed berries like raspberries and strawberries!
Buckle. What a funny name for a dessert. And what is a buckle, anyways? And why should anyone make our mixed berry buckle?
A buckle is an old-fashioned dessert, perfect to munch on while binge watching Bridgerton. It is a cake loaded with fruit, which is baked with a streusel topping. Perfect yum! A buckle is also like a blank canvas in some ways – many fruits would work and we’ve chosen to make our buckle with mixed berries; our raspberry and strawberry combination is just fantastic! So set out your lace doilies, serve some tea in vintage teacups, and set to baking a dessert that is sure to become a favourite!
An easy, vegetarian pasta recipe loaded with cherry tomatoes, greens like spinach, rapini and cheese!
For the longest time, when one of us wanted a really quick dinner for the family, we would boil some pasta and open up a jar of tomato-based pasta sauce. Dinner was ready in about 10 minutes, for under five dollars (the trick is to stock up on pasta sauce when it is on sale), and was frankly, delicious. Life is busy and there is nothing wrong with cutting corners sometimes. Having said that, our parents were busy too, arguably busier than we are, and we’re pretty sure that they never served us pasta sauce from a jar.
Oven baked cheese crisps made with Greek kefalotyri
Greeks love to have fun with cheese. We love to fry it, bake it and use it to top almost anything. Of course, we also like to serve it just as it is, and no party table is complete without at least one variety of delicious cheese, like feta, halloumi and kefalotyri. With such delicious Greek cheeses at our disposal, it is easy to understand the cheese obsession.
Traditional recipe for spetzofai (spetsofai) – Greek sausages with peppers and tomato recipe
Σπετσοφάι. If you are looking for a traditional and simple rustic Greek recipe, this is it! Spetzofai (sometimes spelled spetsofai) is a humble food that is made with a few simple ingredients. This recipe is a shining example of how basic items, treated well, can produce something lovely!
Spetzofai (spetsofai) can either be served as a meal or as a meze. It goes amazingly well with ouzo, or ouzo based drinks like our ouzo lemonade. You should always try to serve it with some olives (our marinated olives would be perfect!) and cheese; feta or a nice sharp kefalotyri would be ideal accompaniments. And don’t forget the bread! A perfect spetzofai has just enough liquid that a nice piece of bread can soak it up and clean your plate.
A refreshing summer drink made with ouzo and lemonade
Ούζο λεμονάδα. Let’s all raise a glass to Billie’s Koumbara Georgia. Several years ago, during a summer get together, Georgia served a pitcher filled with ούζο λεμονάδα or ouzo lemonade. She made it simply, with a good quality store-bought lemonade and a generous glug of ouzo. Stir, serve over ice, and marvel at the simple things in life.
Since then ouzo lemonade has become a staple during the warm weather months. It is refreshing, tart and sweet in the way that ouzo is. We like to keep this drink as simple as Koumbara Georgia did; the only way we dress it up is by adding a sprig of either mint or rosemary (our preference) to help stir the drink and add an extra layer of flavour. So go ahead, pour yourself a glass of ouzo lemonade and cheers to family, friends and Koumbara Georgia!