Culinary Tourism: Traditional Greek recipes of Easter holiday season

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Culinary Tourism: Traditional Greek recipes of Easter holiday seasonGreece is one of the top destinations in the world for culinary tourism

As family and friends gather to celebrate, enjoy some tasty appetizers while the lamb finishes roasting and serve some flavorful side dishes along with the main course.

Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)

2 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil, plus tablespoon additional to oil pan

1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion

1 cup breadcrumbs

2 pounds lean ground lamb

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon salt

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup water

1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Transfer the cooked onion to a mixing bowl, and allow to cool slightly. Oil a broiler pan with the remaining tablespoon of oil or as needed and set aside. Add the breadcrumbs, ground lamb, parsley, oregano, pepper, salt, garlic, water, and the beaten egg to the mixing bowl. Mix to combine all the ingredients. Shape into 1-inch meatballs and place on the prepared broiler pan. Bake in the preheated 425-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until done. Serve with side dishes of your choice.

 

Halloumi and Veggies Appetizer

1 small red cabbage, thinly sliced

2 bell peppers, color of your choice, cut into strips

2 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Greek sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

6-8 whole wheat pitas

1 pound halloumi, cut into 2-inch strips 

1 cup hummus store bought or homemade

2 cups baby arugula

Add the cabbage, peppers, olive oil and vinegar to a bowl and mix together. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Toast the pitas in the oven or toaster as preferred. In a large frying pan, fry the halloumi for 3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden on both sides. Cut pitas in half and spread with some hummus, top with the cabbage and peppers, halloumi, and some of the arugula. Serve immediately.

 

Saganaki Bites with Sun-Dried Tomato Topping

1⁄2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, dry, not oil-packed, sliced

2 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup Kalamata olives, pits removed, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 clove garlic, crushed

Greek sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 pound kasseri cheese, cut into 1½” cubes

1⁄4 cup flour

1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint leaves

Olive oil, for frying

For the topping, place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with 1 cup boiling water. Soak until soft for 15 minutes, then drain. Add the tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the olives, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth, then set aside.

Heat the oil for frying in a deep skillet to 375 degrees F. Dip cheese cubes in cold water and dredge in flour. Working in batches, fry the cheese cubes, turning them over once, until all sides are golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and top each saganaki bite with some of the sun-dried tomato topping garnish with the chopped mint.

Orzo with Lemon

5 cups cooked orzo

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice, such as kefalotyri

Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add additional grated cheese, if preferred, and serve immediately.

Bulgur Salad

2 cups water

2 cups uncooked bulgur

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups diced plum tomatoes

1 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the bulgur. Stir and then allow to cook until the water is absorbed. Transfer the cooked bulgur to a large mixing bowl and add the tomatoes, onion, parsley, vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and the cooked chickpeas. Stir well and adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately as a side dish or as a vegetarian main course.

To cook chickpeas, sort and rinse, then soak overnight in a large deep pot. Drain the soaking liquid and add fresh, cold water to cover the chickpeas by about two inches. Bring the pot to a boil over medium high heat, reduce heat to a simmer, and add a teaspoon of salt to the boiling chickpeas. Continue cooking until tender. If desired, add an onion, cut in half, two peeled carrots, and two celery stalks, to the simmering chickpeas to add more depth of flavor. The cooked chickpeas can be eaten as a soup with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, or drain and use in salads.

Marinated Potato Salad

5-6 medium Yukon gold or red new potatoes

1 large red onion, chopped

2 small jars (6 ounces each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained

1 large green bell pepper, cut into strips

2-3 medium roma tomatoes, sliced

Black olives, of your choice

1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Wash the potatoes and place them in a large deep pot with enough water to cover them and bring to a boil, over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, add a pinch of salt, and continue simmering the potatoes until they are tender, but not disintegrated. When the potatoes have reached the desired tenderness, remove from heat. A cup of cold water will stop the cooking process. Drain the potatoes and while they are still warm, cut into cubes, placing them in a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. The potato salad may be served immediately, or cover tightly and keep refrigerated until needed even up to a day in advance, just give it a stir every so often to make sure the flavors are evenly distributed.

 

Romaine Salad with Feta

1 head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

2-3 small cucumbers, peeled and sliced

2-3 roma tomatoes, sliced

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Greek sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Greek extra virgin olive oil

1 cup feta, Dodonis or Arahovas

Rinse the lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and pat dry with a paper towel or spin dry in a salad spinner. In a large salad bowl, toss together the sliced romaine lettuce, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and the oregano. Season with oregano, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Add the red wine vinegar, drizzle with Greek extra virgin olive oil, and toss the salad. Add feta cut into small, bite-sized chunks or in one large piece on top of the salad. Drizzle with additional Greek extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of dried oregano, and serve.

Read more here.

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: ΣΧΣΝΙΚΑ-888 License: CC-BY-SA

Source: thenationalherald.com

 

 

Tornos
  1. 17/07 00:28

    Report: The Greek town where each house boasts a private beach (video)

  2. 17/07 00:21

    Ancient mummification workshop unearthed near Giza pyramids in Egypt

  3. 17/07 00:14

    Greek painter transforms abandoned buildings on island of Crete

  4. 17/07 00:02

    Travel report: Chania, Greece’s leading summer destination in Crete

  5. 16/07 23:53

    Greek tax authority launches e-platform for AirBnB-type listings

  6. 16/07 23:46

    Thessaloniki University sets up cultural center dedicated to Aristotle

  7. 16/07 23:41

    Wyndham Athens Residence officially presented in downtown Athens

  8. 16/07 23:36

    Annual Demetria Festival in Thessaloniki between September 29 and October 1

  9. 16/07 23:27

    Cows flock to Kalo Livadi beach in Mykonos island to cool down

  10. 16/07 22:24

    Chinese officials request Greek visa center in city of Zhengzou

  11. 16/07 20:14

    Report: Ancient roots of Greek souvlaki, the first fast food

  12. 16/07 18:11

    Athens traffic restrictions cease for the summer after Friday

  13. 16/07 18:02

    Travel receipts up by 13.2% y-o-y in Greece during Q1

  14. 16/07 14:55

    Rhodes island's miniature horses inspire documentary with environmental slant

  15. 16/07 12:46

    Heatwave to hit Greece after Tuesday

  16. 16/07 10:10

    New Expedia Research: Why and how to attract Latin America tourists

  17. 16/07 09:11

    Scorpions’ ‘Once in a Lifetime’ concert in Athens kicks off

  18. 15/07 20:40

    Major project of Crete island power interconnection is put off

  19. 15/07 18:30

    Infographic: The most expensive cities in the world to rent apartments

  20. 15/07 18:19

    Wine enthusiast marks top-100 restaurant list in Manhattan

  21. 15/07 16:13

    Greece takes part in United Nations Forum on sustainable development

  22. 15/07 14:02

    Donousa, a small Greek island with immeasurable beauty

  23. 15/07 12:52

    Cyprus plans to curb agencies peddling Golden Visas to foreigners

  24. 15/07 10:36

    Wind power increased by 1.5% during H1 across Greece

  25. 13/07 18:20

    Germany blocks €15 billion Greek loan installment over islands VAT cut

  26. 13/07 18:15

    Japanese, Russian and Dutch TV programs to be shot on location in Greece

  27. 13/07 18:07

    Report: Greek Superstitions for Friday the 13th among others

  28. 13/07 18:01

    Hollywood Star Naomi Watts vacations on Greek island of Santorini

  29. 13/07 17:33

    Wyndham Athens Residence opening marks group's expansion in Greece

  30. 13/07 17:03

    Canada Day celebrated on July 9th in Athens, Greece

  31. 13/07 16:50

    Downed German transport from WW II found off Greek island of Rhodes

  32. 13/07 16:30

    Voula, a beach in southern Athens opens with upgraded services

  33. 13/07 16:16

    Stars, sea and cinema at Greek island of Syros Film Festival

  34. 13/07 16:15

    First Lesvos wedding between two women takes place in Eressos

  35. 13/07 16:01

    Thousands queue to worship at Greek Saint Paisios' Tomb (video)

  36. 13/07 14:55

    Greek Central Union of Municipalities creates department for expats

  37. 13/07 12:49

    Media report: Greek hotels slash rates as Turkey booms

  38. 13/07 10:41

    Earth life evolution evidence from fossilised forest on Greek island of Lesvos

  39. 12/07 22:11

    Traditional bread making in Karytaina over the weekend

  40. 12/07 22:05

    Greek FM to take part in Ancient Civilisations Forum in Bolivia

  41. 12/07 22:00

    Greek Nights return to Athens Square Park in Astoria, New York (video)

  42. 12/07 21:53

    Author Victoria Hislop praises beauty of Greece on Conde Nast Traveler

  43. 12/07 21:48

    OTE turns switch on lightning-fast internet connection across Greece

  44. 12/07 19:29

    In Greece 5 out of top 10 Mediterranean islands with most beachfront hotels

  45. 12/07 19:14

    New €713,000 funding for recycling in Greek island of Corfu

  46. 12/07 19:06

    3rd edition of annual golf tournament Messinia Pro-Am on 20-23 February 2019

  47. 12/07 19:01

    Volotea carries 100,000 passengers during H1 2018 in Athens

  48. 12/07 18:48

    Discover the magic of Antiparos island that enchants celebrities

  49. 12/07 18:41

    South African golfer Peter Karmis elects to play under Greek flag

  50. 12/07 18:25

    "Title Love" exhibition at Victoria Square Project in Athens till July 31

  51. 12/07 18:16

    Restored Monastery attracts visitors exploring Pontic Greek Heritage

  52. 12/07 17:14

    The Hamptons and Illinois turn blue and white for annual Greek Festivals

  53. 12/07 16:06

    Pierre-Yves Cousteau pushes for marine park in Greek islands of Cyclades

  54. 12/07 14:56

    France unveils love affair with Greek feta cheese

  55. 12/07 12:45

    Greece's next generation infrastructure projects that are due to begin

  56. 12/07 10:36

    ELA funding to Greek banks dropped 23.5% in June

  57. 12/07 01:26

    Paul Chan’s “Odysseus and the Bathers” at Cycladic Art Museum in Athens (video)

  58. 12/07 00:48

    Ten healthy reasons to add Greek Feta cheese to your diet

  59. 12/07 00:45

    AmCham press conference on Thessaloniki International Fair

  60. 12/07 00:40

    Travel+Leisure Awards: Paros in Greece named Best Island in Europe for 2018

  61. 12/07 00:34

    Cyprus tourism revenue drops in April but rises in first four months

  62. 12/07 00:29

    Opera and state theaters closed across Turkey after Presidential decree

  63. 12/07 00:24

    Economic & Industrial Research Foundation: Greek GDP to grow 2% in 2018

  64. 12/07 00:13

    Flying taxis and super-speed travel at Farnborough Airshow 2018 (video)

  65. 12/07 00:06

    Nigel Kennedy's violin recital Athens’s Herod Atticus Theater on July 17

  66. 12/07 00:00

    AHEPA Cup 2018: The beach volley event in Greek town of Nafpaktos (video)

  67. 11/07 23:57

    Rock ’n’ roll band Swingin’ Cats in Athens show on July 12

  68. 11/07 23:47

    Report to the 44th Clergy Laity Congress by Leadership 100

  69. 11/07 22:43

    Opera Chaotique performance in Athens on July 12

  70. 11/07 20:34

    EU Commission approves close surveillance of Greece after bailout

  71. 11/07 18:31

    Greek main opposition New Democracy pushes Diaspora voting rights anew

  72. 11/07 16:26

    Six-hour work stoppage in Athens metro lines 2 and 3 on Thursday

  73. 11/07 14:47

    Counter terrorism chiefs relaunch 'Run, Hide, Tell' clip for tourists

  74. 11/07 12:39

    Daily Sabah: Greeks tourists flock to Aegean town of Ayvalık for smart shopping

  75. 11/07 10:51

    Travolution report: How will Airbnb try to wean Hotels off Online Travel Agents

  76. 11/07 00:23

    Greece celebrates birth of modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896

  77. 11/07 00:17

    Greece’s great Summer Sales up to 70% offer tourists great bargains

  78. 11/07 00:11

    Byzantine and Christian Museum exhibition in Athens until October 10

  79. 11/07 00:05

    24 foreign direct investments in Greece create 2,000 jobs in 2017

  80. 11/07 00:00

    Report: Goldie Hawn’s celebrity love affair with Greek holidays (video)

  81. 10/07 23:55

    Veteran rockers Scorpions Crazy World Tour in Athens on July 16

  82. 10/07 23:47

    Celebrities spotted all across Greece enjoying dreamlike summer holidays

  83. 10/07 23:41

    Canada includes Athens, Greece in new Travel Data Collection Centers

  84. 10/07 23:26

    Plan to develop LNG infrastructure on handful of Greek isles

  85. 10/07 23:11

    Travel report: Best family friendly Greek Islands for summer holiday

  86. 10/07 22:52

    Greek PM promises tax breaks in 2019 after transport discounts to islanders

  87. 10/07 22:43

    Procedures for voting by Diaspora Greeks commence in parliament

  88. 10/07 22:28

    International Dance Festival in Kalamata between July 13-22

  89. 10/07 20:21

    National Kapodistrian University of Athens opens its doors to public

  90. 10/07 18:03

    Greek state properties in the heart of Athens up for development

  91. 10/07 17:51

    Wage employment flows stay positive in Greece during June due to tourism

  92. 10/07 16:36

    Deal for Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus sealed in Kalamata, Greece

  93. 10/07 14:11

    Greece’s favorite adopted star Tom Hanks turns 62 today

  94. 10/07 12:01

    Test: Greek vs American Breakfast - which is better?

  95. 10/07 10:41

    Oldest Homer’s Odyssey inscriptions discovered on Roman era slabs at Ancient Olympia site

  96. 10/07 00:54

    IATA announces that passenger demand continues strong growth during May

  97. 10/07 00:40

    Celebrities flock to Antiparos island for a Greek summer holiday

  98. 10/07 00:36

    Cruise sector in Greece for 2018 projected to miss previous year's figures

  99. 10/07 00:31

    Plan to promote Greek olives of Delphi endorsed by Yale

  100. 10/07 00:27

    Israeli presence at this year's Kalamata Dance Festival in Peloponnese