10 Greek Recipes That Prove Why It's One of the Best Cuisines

Moussaka: A layered casserole dish made with eggplant, minced meat (usually lamb or beef), tomatoes, onions, and a creamy béchamel sauce, baked until golden brown and bubbly.

Spanakopita: A savory pie made with layers of flaky phyllo pastry filled with a mixture of spinach, feta cheese, onions, herbs, and eggs, baked until crisp and golden.

Souvlaki: Grilled skewers of marinated meat, such as pork, chicken, or lamb, served with pita bread, tzatziki sauce, and fresh vegetables.

Greek Salad (Horiatiki): A simple yet flavorful salad made with ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with dried oregano.

Tzatziki: A refreshing yogurt sauce made with strained Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, and dill or mint, often served as a dip or condiment with grilled meats or pita bread.

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves): Grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice, pine nuts, onions, herbs, and sometimes ground meat, cooked until tender and served as an appetizer or side dish.

Pastitsio: A baked pasta dish similar to lasagna, with layers of tubular pasta, seasoned ground meat, tomato sauce, and a creamy béchamel sauce, topped with cheese and baked until golden and bubbly.

Taramasalata: A creamy dip made from salted and cured fish roe (usually carp or cod), mixed with bread crumbs or potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, served with pita bread or crackers.

Galaktoboureko: A traditional Greek dessert consisting of layers of phyllo pastry filled with semolina custard, baked until golden, and then soaked in a sweet syrup flavored with lemon and cinnamon.

Fasolada: A hearty and comforting bean soup made with white beans, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and olive oil, flavored with herbs such as oregano and bay leaves, often considered the national dish of Greece.

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