Friday, May 23, 2008

Greek Cuisine

One of the Worlds Oldest Known Cuisines

Greece is a Mediterranean Cuisine with strong ties to Middle Eastern Cuisine; Hundreds of islands and vast coastlines; no land in Greece is more than 85 miles from a sea coast.

Common Ingredients include a wide variety of seafood, lamb, eggplant, olives and olive oil, mint, honey, yogurt, spinach, garlic, saffron, pine nuts, rice, figs and dates, tahini, and ouzo.

Cuisine includes a multitude of small dishes called Mezze; similar in style and use to Spanish Tapas. These include small portions of composed salads, marinated meats, sliced cheeses, cured olives, and pita bread with various garnishes.

Todays Menu:
Greek Salad
Shish Kabob
Fried Dough with Honey and Nuts

Other Common Dishes:
Gyros: rotisserie cooked lamb, thinly sliced, served with pita and tsatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce)
Moussaka: layers of ground lamb, fried eggplant and bechamel sauce (lasagne style)
Dolmas: filling enclosed in an edible wrapper: fillings include ground lamb and pine nuts, rice and mint. Wrappers are commonly preserved grape leaves or cabbage
Spanikopita: spinach and feta cheese wrapped and baked in phyllo dough
Baklava: layered nut pastry - phyllo, lemon syrup, nuts

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