Perhaps the most important thing to know about Greek food and Greek cuisine is that eating out and sharing the dinner is as important as the food itself. Greeks even have a special word for this: paraia: a transcendence of the dinner table to include conversation, the view, ambiance and the overall spirit of place.
While the main ingredients of Greek cooking are basic and few – olive oil, honey, yoghurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, lamb and fish – the manner in which they are prepared seems to have an endless variety and taste. There is also an additional delight, pretty much unique to Greece, of being invited into the kitchen to view the offerings and make your selection. There is as well a wonderful benefit that the Greek diet provides, whether you eat meat or are vegan: it is arguably the healthiest diet on the planet as well as user-friendly to those who want to eat well while not having to worry about putting on weight.
Most popular Greek dishes
Cut the tomatoes, the onion and the cucumber in slices. Mix them, add salt and some pieces of feta cheese, oregano and at the end pour some olive oil.
Greeks mostly consume pork and lamb. They also cook beef but not so often as other kinds of meat. There are many meat loaf recipes, different ways of cooking lamb, recipes for cooking minced meat and many other famous Greek recipes, like moussaka, pastitsio, yiouvetsi and others.
Baked lamb with oil and oregano
Wash the lamb, and dredge with salt, pepper and oregano. Place it into a baking pan and pour the olive oil and the lemon juice. Add 1 cup of water and bake in 180 - 200 C until it is well baked. At regular intervals pour the lamb's sauce on top of the lamb.
This hearty comfort dish is reminiscent of lasagna, layering eggplant, ground lamb or beef, and creamy white sauce–all baked to perfection.
Greek-Style Yogurt with Honey and Walnuts
Greek yogurt is a bit thicker and tangier than most Americans are used to. Jazz it up with honey and walnuts, or use whatever fruit is in season. Either way, it's a great healthy dessert alternative.