Appetizers

Feta and Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

strawberry feta sandwich

I like grilled cheese sandwiches in any shape or form. Here in Greece we have what you call a “tost”, which is basically a sandwich with cheese and ham that is toasted in a panini type press. Kids love it. Read more »

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Greek Yellow Lentil Dip with Oregano-Fava Yahni

Greek fava with tomato, yellow split pea, yellow lentilsIf you like Greek cuisine or have traveled to Greece, you surely have tasted fava, it is yellow split pea cooked to a creamy puree, served with onion and capers and of course drizzled with olive oil. The fava, is not to be confused with the fava bean, this is yellow lentil or  yellow split pea. Read more »

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Smashed Potato Appetizer

Smashed Roasted Potatoes

I first made this recipe a few months ago and ever since I have made it numerous times as an appetizer and it is delicious, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The ingredients are only two and of course staples of the Mediterranean diet and Greek cuisine: potatoes and olive oil. Inspired by a recipe here, I simplified them even more to resemble the classic Greek style fried potatoes (patates tiganites) in flavor and texture, but without the frying. Read more »

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Oven Roasted Asparagus in Olive Oil

Roasted Asparagus in Olive Oil

It’s the season of asparagus and were loading up on it as much as we can, as soon it will be over. Here in Greece we get plenty of the white asparagus and less of the green type and then if you are lucky, you can find wild asparagus which is thinner and slightly bitter. Read more »

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Greek Spinach and Leek Fritters – Spanakokeftethes

Spinach fritters Greek

I’m back from an exciting event the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable, where I had the honor to speak about the Mediterranean Diet, its portrayal in the U.S. and show how easy it is to follow it. The event was basically a first discussion on how the Mediterranean diet can be applied in a variety of settings from hospitals to schools. I’ll be writing about that later, but for now I would like to share this recipe I “discovered” during my stay in New York. I had dinner at a restaurant near my hotel that just happened to be Mediterranean with a strong Greek influence. I noticed on the menu spinach fritters, which I ordered and were great. Read more »

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Greek Island Parsley-Garlic Dip

parsley dip pesto Greek

Easy and quick is what I need right now. After being sick on and off for several weeks,  I’m slowly trying to catch up. So when I needed some sort of appetizer one day, this was it.

This is a dip from the island of Syros (one of the Cyclades islands). Parsley is its main ingredient but you will definitely taste the garlic. This dip resembles in preparation as skordalia (Greek garlic dip) and taramosalata where you add a steady stream of olive oil to the dip, so you end up with a pesto like texture, rich and flavorful, however there is no cheese or nuts s in pesto. Read more »

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Greek Style Stuffed Mushrooms

feta stuffed mushrooms

These are the easiest appetizers you will ever make. We make these at least once a week, on a weekday! That’s how easy they are.

The filling is made with easy to find ingredients, and you can play with the amounts. You can also make the filling earlier and keep it in the fridge. I use barley bread crumbs, or you can use whole grain breadcrumbs as well. I used a Greek soft goat cheese (katiki), but you can also use cream cheese, and I’ll be trying yogurt in the future. I find that goat cheese adds more flavor though. These are pretty healthy, I use olive oil and plenty of herbs and feta for flavor. Read more »

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Greek Feta-Phyllo Bites. Cheese Saragli

feta phyllo bites saragli

Saragli is basically a type of syrupy sweet that resembles baklava. The phyllo is rolled in a long tube and then cut in pieces and baked. Obviously this is not baklava but a savory version, called cheese saragli.

I first noticed them when my brother’s mother in law made them for parties and get-togethers. They were really tasty, they looked nice and everybody liked them. Crunchy phyllo with little chunks of feta and a bit of spiciness from the kefalograviera cheese (cheese used for saganaki), what’s not to like? She shared her recipe with me and here it is. Read more »

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Top 9 Greek-Mediterranean Inspired Appetizers

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I have to admit, I like Thanksgiving even though here in Greece there is not much celebrating as it is not a holiday. Surprisingly though for me the holiday did not a have a special significance until I moved to Greece thirteen years ago. In the states we celebrated Thanksgiving but more likely with lamb or chicken and Greek style potatoes, rather than turkey and cranberry sauce. But in Greece things changed… Read more »

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Southern Style Biscuits made with Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt

Olive Oil Southern Biscuits

I attended last week (as I do every year) the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly known as the American Dietetic Association, as an active member and Past President of their international affiliate, it can get pretty busy. And this year I was also a presenter , my session focusing on working overseas.

The conference took place in Atlanta and needless to say I was looking forward to trying the food. Read more »

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