Following your refreshing dive in Greece’s crystal waters, what could be better than tasting Greek cuisine by the seaside? Whatever your favourite tastes might be, the following dishes will certainly whet your appetite!
Greek Salad (aka Choriatiki)
Freshly cut tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, feta cheese, olive oil and aromatic oregano are the ingredients that create one of the most famous Greek salads. Dakos is the Cretan version of this salad; a barley rusk is topped with chopped up tomato, myzithra cheese or feta, olives, capers and oregano.
Fava bean is summer’s favourite pulse that dates back to antiquity. It has a distinctive flavour and is a protected designation of origin product (PDO). It is produced on the island of Santoriniand is always served in restaurants around the island in different variations: it can be boiled (which transforms into a porridge-like texture) and sprinkled with olive oil; it can be served with chopped tomatoes, onions and capers; it can be accompanied by eggplant sauce; made as a soup; moulded into delicious fava-balls or boiled with rice.
The best meze (titbit) to accompany your ouzo drink! Shrimp saganaki is an appetiser made with shrimps, tomato sauce, feta cheese and spicy peppers sautéd over gentle heat in a special skillet, called saganaki, in which it is also served. You will absolutely fall head over heels for this mouthwatering dish.
Chopped dill, spearmint, onions and rice are wrapped in tender grape leaves and simmered. Dolmadakia, is finger licking good, especially when you combine it with some tzatziki sauce or yogurt. These wraps will wrap you up in their wonderful flavour!
This pungent dip, made with yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil and vinegar is a famous appetiser in Greece. You may also savour it with other herbs and vegetables, but what makes it special is its freshness and spiciness that will accompany your roasted meat in the most delightful way.
Try zucchini, eggplant and tomato fritters, which are as delicious as the renowned meatballs(aka keftedakia). These palatable delicacies are fried in olive oil.
If you are thinking what should accompany your famous ouzo drink, think no more. Grilled, boiled or cooked in wine, octopus is ouzo’s other half and most certainly the ultimate summer appetiser.
Eggplant salad, which actually looks more like a dip, is considered to be tzatziki’s adversary. It has a spicy yet refreshing taste. The most common ingredients used to make it are eggplant, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and finely chopped parsley.
Greek cuisine has numerous zucchini recipes, but fried zucchinis are summer’s beloved titbits. Zucchinis are cut in slim slices or sticks, tossed into flour or a batter and then fried in a pan to crispy perfection. Little tip: they are mind-blowing when dipped into tzatziki.
The nation’s favourite cheese. If you are invited to dinner in a Greek home, feta cheese will most certainly be on the table. There are plenty of variations: it is cooked as saganaki, baked with tomatoes and peppers or served au naturel, sprinkled with olive oil and oregano. All you should bring along is your appetite!