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auroracoor1

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I've had loukoumades many times - both in Greece and elsewhere. I love them so much - especially doused with honey and topped with walnuts in cinnamon. One time when I was out drinking in Greece, the waitstaff brought over a batch of loukoumades simply because I hadn't ordered food, and it was on the house.

Is it straightforward to make these at home? I know they are friend. I usually see people making these with a machine.

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Yeah, they're easy to make. You can also make something called "tiganites" which is very similar. Don't feel obligated to put honey on top (the traditional). Most people in Greece put some kind of chocolate, strawberry sauce, vanilla, white chocolate, or some other sauce...
 
Yeah, they're easy to make. You can also make something called "tiganites" which is very similar. Don't feel obligated to put honey on top (the traditional). Most people in Greece put some kind of chocolate, strawberry sauce, vanilla, white chocolate, or some other sauce...
WOW!!! I never thought to put chocolate on it - wow those other options sound so delicious. I only had loukoumades once in Greece and they had honey on them, but come to think of it, I have seen different version of them in other places. Do they do chocolate sauce? I can picture putting thinly shaved chocolate over and letting it melt and that being delicious...
 
WOW!!! I never thought to put chocolate on it - wow those other options sound so delicious. I only had loukoumades once in Greece and they had honey on them, but come to think of it, I have seen different version of them in other places. Do they do chocolate sauce? I can picture putting thinly shaved chocolate over and letting it melt and that being delicious...
Most Greeks don't eat loukoumades with honey. Id you look at the pictures of the menu, you'll see that the menu is of several different flavors and the tradtiona (παραδοσιακοί) are in thr bottom right in a spot where you have to force your eyes to go.

Some loukoumadea have a sauce in them and some don't. Here are some of my pictures I took of my loukoumades (one with sauce in it and one with the sauce on top)...
 

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List of traditional Greek dishes to try making at home?

I'm curious to hear your recommendations on the top traditional Greek dishes that one can try making at home. While traveling to Greece to experience the authentic flavors firsthand would be ideal, it's not always possible. So, what's the next best thing? Recreating those delicious dishes in our own kitchens!

I've always been fascinated by Greek cuisine, known for its rich flavors and healthy ingredients. But with so many iconic dishes out there, it's hard to decide where to start. I'd love to get some insights from those of you who have either visited Greece or have experience cooking Greek food at home.

Here are a few dishes I've heard are must-tries:
  1. Moussaka
  2. Souvlaki
  3. Spanakopita
  4. Dolmades
  5. Baklava
What would you add? Thanks so much!

What is different about Greek cuisine in the US?

I am a Greek American living in the Boston area, and I have also been to Greece a lot.

I have noticed that there are some differences between here and Greece in terms of cuisine. I can't put my finger on it, but I know that things are just different.

Does anyone have any insights as to why? I feel like a large part is the freshness of all the ingredients. But I think the recipes are different, too.

Any advice on how I can recreate some of that magic here?

Chocolate Koulourakia Recipe

I had Chocolate Koulourakia when in Greece and I recently found and tried the recipe. It was good! Thought I'd share:

Ingredients:​

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk (if needed)
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:​

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, baking powder, flour, and salt.
  5. Mix Dry and Wet Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of milk to help bring it together.
  6. Shape the Cookies: Take small pieces of dough and roll them into ropes about 4-5 inches long. Fold each rope in half and twist the ends together to form a twist shape, or shape them into rings if you prefer.
  7. Egg Wash: In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  8. Bake: Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the cookies are firm and slightly golden around the edges.
  9. Cool and Serve: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Good Greek Dips and Spreads for Entertaining

I like to entertain and I like to have some good recipes on hand to throw together at the last minute. Did I miss anything? Here's what I have:
  • Tzatziki
  • Hummus
  • Melitzanosalata
  • Taramosalata
  • Fava
I eat tapenade (olive spread) a lot in Greece, but I don't have a good recipe...

Best Greek Olive Oil for Salads?

I’m looking to elevate my salad game and have heard that Greek olive oil is a fantastic choice for getting that rich, authentic flavor. With so many options out there, I’m a bit overwhelmed and could use some guidance from those who have experience in this area.

What are your top recommendations for the best Greek olive oil to use for salads? I'm specifically looking for:
  1. Quality: I want something that's high-quality with a robust flavor profile.
  2. Authenticity: Ideally, the olive oil should be authentic and imported from Greece.
  3. Versatility: While my main focus is on salads, it would be great if the olive oil can also be used for other dishes.
I’ve heard brands like Kalios, Iliada, and Gaea are pretty good, but I’d love to hear your personal favorites and why you recommend them.

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