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mastichas09

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I know a lot of people who want to start cooking Greek food but are intimidated. I want to help them out by brainstorming a list of "easy win" foods to get started making.

Here's what I have - do you have anything to add?

  • Greek Village Salad (Horiatiki)
  • Tzatziki
  • Greek Lemon Chicken
  • Greek Lemon Potatoes
  • Souvlaki
  • Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts
  • Grilled Halloumi cheese
  • Fasolakia
  • Briam
  • Greek style lamb chops
 
Love Greek food, and I remember feeling a bit intimidated when I first started cooking it at home. However, I found that starting with simple, classic dishes made the process much more manageable.
 
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One of the first Greek dishes I tried was Greek Village Salad (Horiatiki), which is essentially a mix of fresh vegetables, olives, and feta cheese dressed with olive oil and oregano. It's incredibly easy to make and tastes so fresh and flavorful. Well, I started trying more complex dishes like Greek Lemon Chicken and Souvlaki.
I've also found that having some Greek yogurt on hand is great for making quick and easy desserts, like Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts. It's a simple yet delicious treat that's perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.
If you're interested in more tips to improve your Greek cooking skills, you can check out some CooksCrafter Kitchen Tips that have really helped me.
 
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Love Greek food, and I remember feeling a bit intimidated when I first started cooking it at home. However, I found that starting with simple, classic dishes made the process much more manageable.
Great advice. I would also say start small. Do the easier things, like village salad, tzatziki (especially easy if you have food processor). Them pick one or two things that you love that are a little more complicated, like spanakopita or braised lamb shank, and work on those until you feel comfortable. Then you can branch out.

The cuisine has its own mindset. I would also suggest talking to other Greek cooks, or even cooking with them, to learn this mindset. It will make navigating the cuisine a lot easier.
 

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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Baklava Syrup with Orange

I thought I'd share this fun fact. My family makes baklava syrup with oranges and I love the flavor! To me, the orange mixed with cinnamon sticks smells like Christmas. My family would always make this around Christmastime.

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (from one medium orange)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh orange juice (from 1-2 medium oranges)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I really just bring the ingredients to a boil and simmer it until it gets as thick as I needed it. You turn it off and let it cool on the stove completely before putting it on the baklava. And you have to put it on the baklava right after it comes out of the oven!

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Iconic Greek Dishes to Try in Greece and at Home

I'm planning a trip to Greece soon and am incredibly excited about eating meals there. I also love to find Greek restaurants near where I love. I want to make sure I tru all the essentials!

Could you please share some recommendations on the must-try Greek dishes? Whether it's a classic main course, a delightful dessert, or a beloved street food, I'm eager to explore it all!

Greek Warm Weather Eating

With the warm weather approaching, I've been eager to explore more light and refreshing dishes. I'm particularly interested in Greek cuisine, which I know has a lot of great options perfect for sunny days.

Could anyone share their favorite Greek dishes to enjoy when the weather is warm? I'm looking for suggestions that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Any recipes or tips on where to find authentic ingredients would be greatly appreciated too!

What makes Greek yogurt so special?

I've recently started seeing Greek yogurt everywhere—from grocery store aisles to recipes and even fitness blogs. It seems like it's become a major trend, but I'm curious to know more about it. What makes Greek yogurt so special compared to regular yogurt? Does it really offer more nutritional benefits, or is it just a fad?

I’ve heard it has a thicker texture and is higher in protein, but I’d love to hear from people who regularly consume it or have done their own research. Are there particular brands you recommend? Any specific health benefits or potential downsides I should be aware of?
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