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Does anyone know if Greeks cook with asparagus? All my traditional Greek family recipes use vegetables like tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, zucchini, artichokes, okra... I have nothing that involves asparagus! Is this because Greeks really don't use it, or is there another reason?

Now that they are coming to be in season where I live, I want to start experimenting. I just roasted some and finished it with ladolemono. It was delicious. What else can I do with them?
 
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Does anyone know if Greeks cook with asparagus? All my traditional Greek family recipes use vegetables like tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, zucchini, artichokes, okra... I have nothing that involves asparagus! Is this because Greeks really don't use it, or is there another reason?

Now that they are coming to be in season where I live, I want to start experimenting. I just roasted some and finished it with ladolemono. It was delicious. What else can I do with them?
A while back my husband made a puff pastry tart with asparagus, minted pea purée and red onions. It was absolutely delicious and I suppose filo could be used for a more Greek experience.
 
Does anyone know if Greeks cook with asparagus? All my traditional Greek family recipes use vegetables like tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, zucchini, artichokes, okra... I have nothing that involves asparagus! Is this because Greeks really don't use it, or is there another reason?

Now that they are coming to be in season where I live, I want to start experimenting. I just roasted some and finished it with ladolemono. It was delicious. What else can I do with them?
Asparagus is not so mainstream in Greece. That dosent mean that they don’t use asparagus in dishes. Until recently asparagus was foraged. Greece didn’t have asparagus cultivated on its land, I remember my Papou would go out in the fields and come back with various xorta plus Asparagus. They were very thin and not hefty like the ones we are accustomed to in the United States. My grandmother would usually make them into an asparagus omelet. Now a days, you can find asparagus in the supermarkets, but they tend to be very expensive. Cultivating them is still not so main stream. There are very few cultivators usually in the northern part of Greece.
 
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Asparagus is not so mainstream in Greece. That dosent mean that they don’t use asparagus in dishes. Until recently asparagus was foraged. Greece didn’t have asparagus cultivated on its land, I remember my Papou would go out in the fields and come back with various xorta plus Asparagus. They were very thin and not hefty like the ones we are accustomed to in the United States. My grandmother would usually make them into an asparagus omelet. Now a days, you can find asparagus in the supermarkets, but they tend to be very expensive. Cultivating them is still not so main stream. There are very few cultivators usually in the northern part of Greece.
This is interesting - I suspected it wasn't common but wanted to check. I remember hearing about foraging and finding asparagus. Do you know if it is native or if it escaped from gardens? If it's available in Greece now it probably came from elsewhere, like Germany?
 
I have never seen it at all in Greece, but I always wondered if it was because I hadn't been in Greece when it was in season!
 

Best Greek seafood dishes for summer grilling?

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to enjoy the season than firing up the grill? Which seafood dishes perfect for grilling. Greek cuisine's blend of fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices makes it an ideal choice for light, summery meals, and I'm eager to hear your recommendations.

Do you have favorite Greek seafood recipes or dishes that shine especially bright when cooked over an open flame? Whether it's a classic recipe or a personal twist on traditional fare,I know about things like grilled octopus marinated in olive oil and oregano to the simplicity of shrimp saganaki.

Additionally, if you have preparation tips, marinade secrets, or any advice on grilling seafood the Greek way, please share. Thanks so much!

Can you use frozen vegetables for Greek dishes?

There are two Greek dishes that I enjoy a lot and like to make a lot - fasolakia and the baked vegetables with the variety.

It's not always realistic for me to make them, though, because of the vegetable situation.

Is it okay to use frozen veggies? These are washed and chopped - they're basically ready to go - so it would save me a lot of time!

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Salt Cod in Greek Cooking?

How is salt cod, or Bakaliaros, used in Greek cooking? I remember my grandmother using it and I forget for what...

Could anyone share what specific dishes in Greek cuisine feature salt cod as the key ingredient? How is it typically prepared and served in Greece? Are there any traditional recipes or unique cooking methods that highlight the flavor and texture of salt cod in Greek cooking? I know a lot of other cultures use it, too.

I believe understanding the culinary uses of salt cod in Greece could offer deeper insights into the country’s culture and traditions. Plus, it would be great to try and replicate some of these dishes at home!

Greek Yogurt Pasta Recipe

I thought I would share a recipe for Greek yogurt pasta. I had it in a cafe in Greece once and have been making something similar ever since.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225g) pasta of your choice (e.g., penne, spaghetti, fusilli)
  • 1 cup (240g) Greek yogurt (plain, full-fat for creaminess)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup (30g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (30g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pasta cooking water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
  • Baby spinach leaves (optional)
Instructions

Cook the Pasta
:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.

Reserve 1/4 cup (60ml) of the pasta cooking water before draining the pasta.

Prepare the Sauce:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix well.

Add the grated Parmesan cheese, crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, dried oregano, and dried basil. Stir until well combined.

Combine Pasta and Sauce:

Add the cooked pasta to the bowl with the sauce. Toss to coat the pasta evenly.

If the sauce is too thick, gradually add the reserved pasta cooking water until you reach your desired consistency.

Season and Garnish:

Taste the pasta and season with salt and black pepper to your liking.

For an extra touch of freshness, toss in some halved cherry tomatoes and baby spinach leaves.

Garnish with fresh parsley or basil leaves, if desired.

List of Different Greek Cooking Techniques

I hope you're all doing well! I've recently developed a deep appreciation for Greek cuisine and I'm eager to expand my cooking skills in this area. However, I'm realizing that I might be missing out on some traditional Greek cooking techniques that are essential for authentic dishes.

Could anyone kindly provide me with a list of cooking techniques commonly used in Greek cuisine? Whether it's grilling, baking, braising, or something more specific to Greek cooking, I'm eager to learn! Any insights, tips, or favorite methods would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to your responses!

Here's what I can think of so far:

  • Frying - usually in olive oil, right? Things like Greek fries and kourabedies come to mind is being fried.
  • Grilling - souvlaki, chicken, etc
  • Sandwiches - gyros, making "toast" that you see on menus in Greece
  • Braising - like braised lamb?
  • On the spot - Lamb, goat
  • Baking - desserts and savory dishes
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