Greece has long been one of the best holiday destinations in Europe. The country has some majestic monuments, picturesque landscapes, and of course the beautiful sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. What you probably don’t know is that the country has many authentic dishes to kill for.
The following is a list of the best Greek Food you must try. And, you don’t have to travel to Greece to enjoy these dishes. Greek Cuisine is available in many restaurants all around the globe.
Greek keftethes, locally referred to as Keftedes or Keftedakia, are traditional Greek meatballs. The meatballs are baked and sometimes spiced with cumin. The meatballs can be prepared using pork, minced beef, or minced lamb. Some chefs will confuse you by using a mixture of beef and pork.
The Greeks prefer to serve Keftedes with Garlic Yoghurt. In restaurants, the meatballs are mostly served with a salad topped with feta cheese, or chips.
Moussaka is one of the most popular greek mediterranean food. The dish consists of eggplants and meat. The meal is prepared using slices of eggplant layered with spicy meat and topped with béchamel sauce. The sauce is a mixture of flour, butter, milk, salt, and nutmeg.
The layered ingredients are then put in an oven till the top turns golden brown. The meal is served with a beverage of your choosing. Vegetarians can request the meatless version of the dish.
Souvlaki is dish consisting of small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer. Sometimes vegetables are included. It is best eaten straight from the skewer when still hot. Traditionally, the meat used in Souvlaki is often pork. But, you can also order souvlaki with other types of meat such as fish, chicken, lamb, and beef.
Side dishes for souvlaki include fried potatoes, pita bread, lemon, and sauces.
Greece is a cheese country. It is popular all around the world for its wide variety of cheeses. Once in the country, make sure you have a taste of feta cheese. Feta is made from sheep’s milk. It is unique for its grainy texture and delicious flavor.In Greece, feta is included in pies, meat dishes, and salads.
Dolmades is one of the most popular snacks in Greece. It is the country’s version of a sandwich. The snack consists of vine leaves, herbs, and rice. The vine leaves are made into small rolls and stuffed with rice and fresh herbs. The stuffed vines are then simmered in broth.
Dolmades are a great appetizer. Since they are meatless, even vegetarians should enjoy them.
Fassolada is white bean soup. The sup is prepared using white beans. As for flavor, the ingredients include olive oil, vegetables, and fresh Greek herbs. This delicious soup is so famous in Greece that it is considered the national food of the Greeks. You will find this delicacy in all restaurants in Greece.
Dakos is a salad that originates from Crete, the largest Greek island. The salad is a slice of dried bread, or barley rusk, soaked in olive oil. The salad is often topped with diced tomatoes herbs and feta cheese.
Do not leave Greece without trying at least one of these foods. And, if you happen to land in a Greek Restaurant anywhere else in the world, search the menu for these foods. Your taste buds will appreciate.