Lamb is non-negotiable at many Greek celebrations. Cook it in the ethnic style with olive oil, spices, and garlic and you'll have a succulent dish sure to be loved by everyone.
Horiatiki salata, Greek salad, is loaded with big chunks of juicy tomatoes, slices of crisp cucumber and red onion, diced green pepper, crumbly feta cheese and plump calamata olives. It may not even contain lettuce, but it sure tickles the tastebuds!
Greek green beans -- each meltingly tender bite is imbued with a savory flavor -- garlicky and just a little hot. They're perfect for a holiday feast or an everyday dinner.
When you walk into a Greek home in December, you're apt to get a whiff of Christmas -- orange peel and cloves and cinnamon. What's baking? It would be Melomakarona, an ancient holiday cookie from Greece. Their fragrance wafts through the house days after baking.
Kali Khronia! No one leaves the New Year's Day dinner table hungry, especially if you start it with Avgolemono -- Greek lemon-egg chicken soup. Kali Orexi! Bon appetit! Dive into the rest of this delicious menu!
Pastitsio, a combination of ground meat, diced eggplant, tomatoes and spices make the base. Then tubular pasta, cheese sauce and more meat is spread on top. It's baked until bubbly and golden brown. It's a dish you'll make year after year.
January 1 is the feast day of Saint Basil, a fourth century bishop known for his generosity to the poor. He helped the needy by anonymously hiding gold coins in cakes that were delivered to the poor. It's a tradition in Greece to hide a coin in the Vasilopita, a rich yeast bread.
Have you ever wished you had the recipe for that amazing soup with the super-lemony broth served in Greek restaurants? Here it is -- cook up a pot on a cold, wintry day.
Stewed apples may be a fancy name for applesauce made with chunks instead of smooth. But whatever you call it, apples and cinnamon pair well with a savory entree like ham, roast beef or leg of lamb. Consider cooking up a batch once your meat is in the oven.
If you're looking for new ways to appreciate Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try. The sweet buttery flavors mellow the bite. It's turned people who claim to hate Brussels sprouts into staunch supporters.