Five truly authentic Greek recipe ideas

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By AdFeatures | Thursday, May 31, 2012, 07:16

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Greek food exudes freshness, health, vibrant flavours and the fond associations of a having a refreshing meal in the sunshine. This popular style of cuisine is fundamentally Mediterranean, sharing its characteristics with Turkish, Italian, Levantine and Balkan cuisine.

Greek cooking spread its culinary influence throughout Europe and the rest of the world via ancient Rome. Olive oil, fresh vegetables and herbs, wine, fish, olives, cheese, aubergines, courgettes and yoghurt, typify Greek savoury cooking, whilst Greek desserts’ dominant ingredients are filo pastry, nuts and honey.

Schwartz is a leading herbs and spices brand and is a prominent global leader in the marketing and distribution of herbs, spices and flavouring. They offer plenty of recipes from cuisines around the world.

Schwartz also has a Greek section on its website where you will find many delicious, easy to make and truly authentic Greek recipes. From preparing a Traditional Greek Salad to making a mouth-watering Lamb Souvlaki with Greek Salad and Tzatziki, you will find many Greek recipe ideas at Schwartz.

For more authentic Greek food ideas read the following five classic Greek recipe ideas.

Boiled Leafy Greens (Horta Vrasta)

Boiled Leafy Greens are considered to be a staple of the Greek diet. The green leafy vegetable typically comes either sweet like spinach leaves or bitter like dandelion greens. Either way, traditional Greek greens are drizzled with lashings of olive oil and then topped with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Baklava Pastry (Baklavas)

Delicious desserts made from wafer-thin pastry are a traditional Greek pudding, whilst the Baklavas is one of the most famous dishes to derive from Greece. This tasty dessert is made out of pastry, walnuts and almonds. When the pastry has been baked it is covered with sweet syrup that is either honey or sugar-based or a base that combines the two!

Chicken and Lemon Rice Soup (Kotosoupa Avgolemono)

This traditional Greek soup is usually served as a starter at large family occasions and is an integral part of the traditional holiday menu in Greece.

Classic Greek dips (Tzatziki, Taramosalata, Melitzanosalata, Skorthalia)

When you think of Greek cuisine alongside images of feta cheese, black olives and savoury pastry delights, dips immediately spring to mind. These four popular Greek dips are usually served as an aperitif on a Greek table alongside fresh bread and bread sticks to dip them up with.

Cheese Pie Triangles (Tyropitakia)

If you go to a Greek restaurant, tyropitakia is almost guaranteed to be on the menu. These small triangular shaped savoury pastries can be either fried or baked and are an integral part of traditional and authentic Greek cuisine.

Greek Cheese Pie Triangles are made by cutting sheets of filo dough into wide strips and then adding a delicious Greek feta cheese filling. The dough is then folded up into small triangles and can be served either hot or cold.]

Of course, these are just a few Greek recipes which you could try – with plenty of other dishes, such as a traditional beef casserole, also a great option. Whatever you decide to cook, make sure you take your time with it and invest in quality ingredients to ensure your meal tastes as good as it should.

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