A whole chicken gets the Greek treatment with a simple marinade of olive oil and lemon along with plenty of garlic and oregano. The key to the juiciest meat and crispest skin? Butterflying the chicken and cooking it low and slow before finishing with a sear to crisp up the skin.
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A gryo-spiced beef-and-lamb mixture is formed into little patties, grilled, and topped with tzatziki and pickled peperoncini for one tasty sandwich.
Greek loukaniko with orange and leeks is a brightly flavored sausage that's perfect for summer grilling.
A quick and fresh appetizer or side dish, these grilled eggplant rolls get some Greek love thanks to an herbed-packed blend of yogurt and feta. Diced fresh tomatoes and cucumbers add a little contrasting crunch to the creamy filling.
As a lover of quick and easy dishes, pilafs—simple dishes of rice cooked in broth—come up in my repertoire all the time. They're an insanely easy way to produce a flavor-packed meal in a single pan with minimum fuss.This version combines chicken and rice with Greek flavors.
In this land of beef-eaters, pork stews don't get enough love. This one is an adaptation of a Greek pork and wine stew that I read in Vefa's Kitchen. Chunks of pork shoulder are slow-simmered in wine until meltingly tender and packed with flavor.
Rich and satisfying, this riff on Vefa Alexiadou's pastitsio is the perfect way to usher in fall.
Grilled Greek meatloaf, inspired by loukaniko sausage, is plated with herb-y potatoes, wheels of grilled onion and grilled lemon halves.
Big burgers with a creamy yogurt-feta sauce flavored with garlic and lemon, topped with a crunchy cucumber-tomato relish.
Perfectly juicy, crisp, and smoky grilled cornish hens in a garlicky, lemony greek marinade flavored with oregano and peppers. Serve it with grilled zucchini, pita bread, tzatziki, and a greek salad.
Open-faced pita sandwiches made with ground lamb, asparagus, peas, and mint.
A quick chopped salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and feta cheese in a light lemon, olive oil, and herb dressing.
Like pound cake, but lighter, Greek yogurt cake from Mad Hungry Cravings gets its moistness from its namesake and floral sweetness from honey. Make this the night before a big breakfast.
This cake is traditionally made in Greece to honor Saint Fanourios, patron saint of lost things. It's great at breakfast: not too sweet and flavored with orange, cinnamon, and olive oil.
A two-part dish of feta-filled peppers and saucy Greek shrimp is a lively main course, but it doubles as party-friendly first-course fare.
To stretch this salad into a full meal, I immediately thought of lamb. Though I didn't have time to roast a whole leg of lamb (shame), I did have the eight minutes necessary to cook up these cute little lamb loin chops (which look like miniature t-bone steaks). The yogurt-lemon dressing with feta plays nicely with the lamb, while also adding some creamy and tart notes to the salad.
Don't limit your souvlaki to Greek festivals or late night diners. This fresh Mediterranean meal is easy to pull off at home.
This traditional Greek lemon and egg soup gets a twist, and added flavor, from tomatoes.
Potatoes are simmered with tomatos and kalamata olives for a hearty, warming stew.
A fall take on hortopita mixes Swiss chard with spinach.