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September 2020 - National Cuisine Challenge: Greece

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This is the first of a series of challenges based around the cuisines of a particular country or culture. Our first culinary destination - Greece! (Also, sorry for being a few days late with this - I'll try to get these out on the first of each month moving forward.)

Our destination for September 2020 is Greece.

Lying on the Mediterranean Sea, Greek cuisine is highly varied but emphasizes fresh ingredients along with wheat, legumes, olive, and wine. In this respect it hasn't changed much for thousands of years, as Ancient Greek poets and authors were fond of describing their dinners. You can read more about the cuisine of Ancient Greece on Wikipedia.

Modern cuisine, of course, integrates influences from around Europe and the Near East. You can find a non-exhaustive list of dishes for inspiration at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_dishes.

Challenge Guidelines

  • Add at least one photo to each answer post
  • Add a title with the name of your dish
  • More than one answer is allowed
  • Do not post your recipe here - use our Recipes category and post a link
  • Bonus - let us know if you combined particular dishes to make a meal
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There are many yummy dishes on the list you posted! As soon as I decided on what I want to cook, I'll post my results :-) Zerotime‭ 3 months ago

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Today, I prepared some Gyros and mixed it with some pasta. (Usually Gyros is served with rice or bread or as a sandwich, similar to kebab.)

Gyros dish

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Nice! Did you buy the gyro meat pre-made, or do you have a recipe for home use? (In restaurants I'm used to seeing it on those giant skewers, so I'm not sure what the home equivalent would be.) Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio I prepared it myself, I will post recipe as soon as I have time. A skewer is not needed even though it gives the meat a distinct taste. Zerotime‭ about 1 month ago

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Fasolada

This Greek soup is made with white beans, vegetables, and olive oil in a tomato base, flavored with paprika (I used smoked). I get most of my fresh vegetables from folks who sell "ugly" produce that stores won't take because it's too big, too small, weirdly shaped, etc. Soup doesn't care if your produce is ugly.

In the picture it's accompanied by a rich sourdough bread and dates.

soup with side of bread and dates

I made approximately this recipe. It definitely needs more paprika than specified there, and cook the onions for a few minutes before adding the other vegetables.

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