A really popular after dinner snack in Greece is cheese with honey. Two of my favorite things in the world are cheese and honey, especially Greek honey. It tastes like caramel. If you have not tried it, go to your neighborhood Greek specialty foods store or go online and get yourself some. It's so delicious!
Gigantes, the Greek word meaning giant is a delicious, versatile, hearty vegetarian dish. It's a filling meal all by itself with a nice salad. It can also be transformed into elegant crostini, like in the above pic. Serve it as a side with fish or meat. The options are endless....just try it, it's super yummy!! Especially with crumbled feta cheese on top. Feta makes everything tastier ;)
Here's another fun way to serve up salad. This is a great party sized recipe. Super flavorful and light! This was part of a "Date Night" menu that I taught in my cooking class so I chose lots of red veggies and used a heart mold. Shape it into a tree for Christmas, a bunny for Easter, a turkey for Thanksgiving..... You can even just pack it in a half sheet baking pan and use your favorite cookie cutters to shape it in whatever individual sized shapes you like or just serve it up family style in a nice big salad bowl!
I taught this recipe in one of my cooking classes. It was part of a very elegant "Date Night" themed menu. Everyone could not believe just how easy this dish is to prepare. I served this with my spanakorizo (spinach rice pilaf) and it was a huge hit. You can serve it as an appetizer, a main entrée with some pasta or roasted vegetables or even with a nice salad. Just make it! You will not be disappointed and your guests will be very pleased :)
Here it goes:
Greeks love their vegetables, especially spinach! We put spinach in any dish we can. This is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach. My children love this recipe too. Especially with the feta on top. Yummy!! When my mom made this, my favorite part was, and still is, the cooked pieces of garlic. I put lots of garlic in my spanakorizo. If you're not a great big fan of garlic like I am, just put less :) Trust me though, it's delicious. It has a roasted, slightly sweet flavor when it's cooked in the hot olive oil and onions.
Hands down, this is my all time favorite salad. I'm addicted to this, it's that good. I had this for the first time ever this past summer in Crete, Greece. It's really as popular as the traditional village salad. I ate this at local pizza shops and in upscale restaurants there. It's known as "Roka". That's the Greek word for arugula. Anytime I heard "Roka" I couldn't help but sing Shakira's song "Loka Loka" in my head.....just thought I'd put that out there..lol
Gemista, pronounced: ye-meesta is another classic Greek dish enjoyed all year round. It is a comforting, hearty dish in the winter and a perfect way to use all of the extra tomatoes, bell peppers and zucchini flowers that are growing in the garden in the summer.
I must say that this is not a soup that I ate while I was growing up. Actually, the first time I ate cauliflower in the form of a soup was last year at "The Vintage Garden Tea House" up in Montgomery, Texas. It was served in a fancy tea cup just like the one above and it was delicious! So, I was inspired to create my version of it.
Hi, I'm Dimitra and welcome to my blog! Here, I'll teach you just how much fun and easy it is to please a crowd with my versions of Greek classics. Kali Orexi as we say in Greek!