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I love grilling in the summer - I tend to make whole meals on the grill! Baked potatoes, corn, vegetables, meats.... I don't always do Greek-style grilling but it is one of my favorites. I start by marinating the meat in an olive oil and lemon type marinade that I make from scratch. I don't always do this, sometimes I just rub garlic and put oregano, salt, and pepper on the meat and don't marinate it.

For vegetables I like to make foil packets with mixed veggies. I add olive oil, salt, pepper - I use whatever I have.

What do you guys like to do for grilling (Greek style or otherwise!)...?
 
I love grilling in the summer - I tend to make whole meals on the grill! Baked potatoes, corn, vegetables, meats.... I don't always do Greek-style grilling but it is one of my favorites. I start by marinating the meat in an olive oil and lemon type marinade that I make from scratch. I don't always do this, sometimes I just rub garlic and put oregano, salt, and pepper on the meat and don't marinate it.

For vegetables I like to make foil packets with mixed veggies. I add olive oil, salt, pepper - I use whatever I have.

What do you guys like to do for grilling (Greek style or otherwise!)...?
i love to grill in the summer. Even though there are some amazing summer dishes that need to be cooked in the oven like gemista or imam, but nothing can beat some chicken souvlakia and a side of tzatziki.
I usually grill chicken that has salt pepper and then I drizzle it with ladolemono. I grill eggplants and peppers and make that into a side dish with some fresh garlic salt, pepper, parsley and olive oil. Sometimes when I’m lazy and the kids want pizza I use the pita bread (not pocket) and I add some pizza sauce and cheese and grill that as well.
 
I love grilling pizza! I do the same thing with pita bread or I will even get one of those Boboli crusts. I like to grill meats (of course), and I also grill packets of cut up vegetables, corn on the cob, etc. I always have tzatziki around to go with the meat!
 

Can you make your own rusks?

I love Cretan Dakos!
There's something about the combination of the crunchy rusk soaked with the juice of ripe tomatoes, topped with fresh cheese and olive oil, that has me hooked!

However, given that I live in an area where it's challenging to find authentic Cretan rusks, I'm contemplating on whether I can bake my own at home. I'm curious if anyone here has attempted to make rusks suitable for dakos from scratch.

I know I can order then online. I tried this, and they didn't survive the shipping too well.

Greek Halva Recipe to Enjoy During Lent?

I love Halva year round but I often see it a lot during Lent. My recipe doesn't seem Lent friendly to me. Any ideas on how I can adapt it?

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
Instructions:
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the semolina to the melted butter and stir continuously for about 5-7 minutes, or until the semolina turns golden brown and begins to emit a nutty aroma.
  3. While stirring the semolina mixture, gradually add the sugar and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sugar is fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly pour in the water, stirring constantly to avoid lumps from forming. Be careful as the mixture may splatter.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring the mixture until it thickens to a porridge-like consistency, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Stir in the ground cinnamon and optional chopped nuts and raisins, if using.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the halva rest for a few minutes to thicken further.
  8. Serve the halva warm or at room temperature, either as a dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

Enjoying Cooking with Greek Honey

One of the things I love most about Greek honey is its versatility. You can use it in so many different ways in the kitchen. I've drizzled it over Greek yogurt for breakfast, mixed it into salad dressings for a touch of sweetness, and even used it as a glaze for roasted vegetables. The depth of flavor it adds to dishes is truly remarkable.

But perhaps my favorite way to use Greek honey is in baking. It adds a wonderful depth of flavor to cakes, cookies, and pastries. I recently made a batch of baklava using Greek honey, and it was a game-changer. The honey soaked into the layers of phyllo dough, creating a sweet and sticky treat that was absolutely irresistible.

I go out of my way to buy it - if I can't find it locally, I get it online. When I go to Greece, I get some in Greece, too.

What do you love to use Greek honey for?

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How does this fasolada recipe look?

Does anyone have any idea if the ingredients list in this fasolada recipe looks good? I want to make it soon - seems like a good lenten meal to me.

  • 1 cup dried white beans (such as Great Northern or navy beans), soaked overnight
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Optional: lemon wedges for serving

I am questioning the lemon and the garlic - I never put both lemon and garlic together. Also, I have never used stock before, I usually put tomato paste in it. But this recipe has diced tomatoes so I am questioning if the stock is necessary.

Getting souvlaki tender?

How do you make tender Greek souvlaki? I've attempted various recipes, marinated for different durations, and experimented with both high and low cooking temps, but I seem to be missing the mark for that mouth-watering tenderness commonly found in authentic Greek souvlaki.

Has anyone found a particular method or ingredient that makes a significant difference in achieving that ideal tenderness?

I use ladolemono, a marinate it overnight in ziplock baggies (after I cut the meat in cubes) and then I add them to the skewers and cook them on the grill. I typically use chicken.
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