Traditional Greek Food
Greece is one of the most amazing and beautiful countries in southeastern Europe with thousands of gorgeous islands along the Aegean and Ionian oceans. In ancient times it was the most influential country in thought and accomplishments, and that’s why it is called the cradle of western civilization.
Greece is most famous for its amazing landmarks, food, culture, and tourist spots. With wave after wave of foreign occupation by French, Ottomans, Spanish, and Romans, they each influenced Greece with their cultural dishes. Greece is a perfect destination for Travel Foodies.
In this article, we’re going to describe the best traditional dishes and desserts that attracts many tourists and give them the experience of ancient times. Here are the ten traditional dishes you need to try while visiting Greece or else you visit this amazing country will be incomplete.
Kolokithokeftedes are made from grated courgettes (Zucchini), flavored with fresh mint, onion and crumbled with feta cheese. This entrée is best hot while they are still crispy and a perfect choice for vegetarian tourists. This dish is very famous in Greece, and you will find it in many good restaurants. If you want to try the Kolokithokeftedes on the Greek Island of Crete, take a table at the Tamam in the former Turkish Hammam in the Chania and enjoy the dish. You will be thrilled by the taste of this amazing dish.
Kebabs are a traditional food that is served in almost every Greek restaurant. Souvlaki is the grilled meat on a skewer and can be anything from chicken, pork, lamb, beef and even vegetables. It is great in taste and usually comes with some side veggies, fries and tzatziki, and pita bread.
You can serve the recipe between 10-12 skewers. If you are looking for a Mediterranean style BBQ party, you can also add up some salads and veggies to go along. Greek salad is a natural addition to this amazing dish. You can also grab the idea from the video below:
Moussaka is not exclusively a Greek dish. However, it is associated with the cuisine of Greece. Moussaka is a mixture of eggplants and potatoes in the recipe, and minced meat on the bottom makes it more delicious and tasteful. It is generally served with a layer of Béchamel sauce (butter & flour) on top and baked until it is gently browned in the oven. It is a heavy dish and is usually a dinner meal.
There are various types of famous soups in Greece, but the healthy and rich in flavor soup is fish soup. Fresh, rich, and flavorful taste of the sea, this dish is a great choice if you are a seafood lover. This soup is specially prepared with the vegetables and a strong dose of lemon to make it tastier. Hotel Grande Bretagne Roof Garden is the best restaurant and bar to enjoy this amazing dish in the dinner. You can also check the ideas on the internet for various flavors in fish soup.
Roasted and tasty choice of simple Mediterranean ingredients, Briam is prepared from the seasonal vegetables including bell papers, zucchini, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and garlic, mixed with the herbs. This dish is topped with a layer of fresh tomato sauce for unique flavors. With the salty cheese and crunchy bread, Briam can be fully appreciated with a glass of wine.
To enjoy this food, The Acropolis Museum Restaurant is the best place with the breathtaking views of Acropolis. You can try an array of different salads along with the Briam to get a richer taste of it.
Psari Sta Karvouna (Grilled whole fish)
While traveling to Athens, Santorini, and Crate, you will find a number of various seafood and types of fishes. Psari Sta is grilled with olive oil and considered as more famous traditional Greek seafood dishes. It is presented as a whole fish with the cuts on the whole fish. They will also debone the fish if you are new in Greek and don’t know how to do it. With the salad and greens, the taste of this dish will be doubled. The incredible dish is always prepared from fresh fish every time and is not frozen for later use. You will enjoy the dish, Delicious!
Saganaki (Fried Cheese)
This is one of the most popular entrées in Greece. Prepared from the fried cheese, served hot with lemon to make it tastier, Saganaki is also consumed with the bread. This is a famous Mediterranean cuisine and falls in the category of appetizer. Check out the amazing recipe of the Saganaki (fried cheese).
Kataifi is also a very popular Greek sweet dish and falls in the category of Greek desserts. It is prepared with a special type of pastry called by the name of “Kataifi.” It is more like a hair pasta but different in taste totally. The middle portion of the pastry is nutty, and it is dipped into the sweet to absorb the sugary taste in it. In this dish, there are also nuts and almonds that can add much great taste in the dish. It also can variate the taste with various types of nuts or dry fruits.
All the dishes are very famous in Greek, and almost every traveler gets to taste of these amazing dishes once before leaving the country. A variety of dishes also exist in the capital’s restaurants in Greece, which you can try by yourself after you visit Greece.