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Delve Into the Exotic Flavors of Greek Cuisine

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Greek cuisine is your typical Mediterranean cuisine, with influences from Italy and the Middle East. The basic grain is wheat but they have also been known to grow barley. The Greek terrain is favorable for breeding of sheep and goats rather than cattle. Most of the traditions in Greece and the Greek Islands are based on religious characteristics or from paganism. Most of the meals today revolve around traditions, festivals and celebrations. The cuisine is fresh, aromatic and served with a warmth and vigor.

Take a look at some of the exciting dishes you may encounter when choosing to feast on Greek Cuisine.

Greek Wines & Other Alcoholic Beverages

There are many Greek wines to choose from: sweet or dry, rose and white, and red.

* Tsipouro- it is very potent alcohol. It is occasionally drunk with ice and a small amount of water to help dilute it.

* Ouzo- this is the renowned Greek alcoholic beverage of choice, and is a country trademark.

* Mavrodafni- this is a sweet, thick, and dark vino, which is nearly black in color. This is usually consumed for Holy Communion.

* Retsina- white wine

Mezedes- (mezes is single) Mezedes are basic appetizers that can be served before or with the main dishes.

Some of the most popular mezedes include:

* Tzatziki- Greek yogurt with chopped cucumbers, olive oil, and garlic. Tzatziki is usually used as a dip.
* Saganaki- Fried cheese
* Keftedakia- Fried beef meatballs
* Spanakepitakia - Small spinach pies wrapped in filo pastry with feta cheese
* Tiropitakia - Small cheese pies topped with feta or kasseri cheese
* Horta - Boiled greens with olive oil, salt and a dash of lemon
* Avgolemono - This is a soup that may include chicken or other meat, vegetables or fish broth that has been thickened with rice and eggs.
* Briam - This dish is a delightful combination of potatoes, eggplant, onions, garlic, tomato sauce together with the Greek staple, olive oil.
* Dolmadakia - Hand-picked large grape leaves filled with fresh rice and onions.
* Kalama Rakia - Fried squid with a splash of lemon
* Htapodi - This includes pieces of octopus
* Feta cheese - Greece is known for their famous feta

Main Dishes

* Pastitsio- This dish is similar to spaghetti

* Paldakia- Grilled lamb ribs served with lemon

* Kokoretsi- This is generally consumed at Easter. It is wrapped and roasted entrails of lamb

* Kleftiko- Lamb, which is roasted as a whole carcass, in the outdoors

* Moussaka-Casserole dish with eggplant or zucchini, garlic meat sauce and cream cheese and white sauce topping which can be made in a crock pot if you have one. The slow cooker recipes may be slightly different, but will still taste fantastic.

* Gyros- Roasted meats generally served with tzatziki sauce, tomato, onions as garnishes on pita bread. This is a famous Greek fast food

* Pastitsio- This is a Bchamel sauce casserole of macaroni meat

Greek Salads
* Horiatiki Salata - A wholesome Greek salad comprised of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, feta cheese, olive oil and oregano.

* Melitzanosalata- eggplant puree with garlic and olive oil.

Greek Desserts
* Baklava- this famous pastry is topped with nuts, and drizzled with honey syrup.
* Galaktoboureko- a form of layers of custard.

With a wide variety of dishes, no matter what your palate is craving, Greece has a plethora of choices to satisfy your appetite.

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