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3 Easy Ancient Greek Recipes You Can Make Today

ancient greek recipesContinuing with the Ancient Greek theme, I came across several recipes while reading all these books about the food of the ancients Greeks, that looked quite familiar. When you look at these recipes, you would never think that they were “ancient”. In fact, they look very similar to recipes Greeks and others make today. So here are 3 Ancient Greek recipes (as described in the book The Classical Cookbook) that use ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen at this very moment, so try them out, they are for the most part healthy and easy.

The ancient recipe: Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 small leeks sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp dry mint
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Red wine Vinegar

Boil on low heat 1 cup of dry lentils over low heat with enough water to cover them and 1 inch above. Add the leeks and the fresh coriander (cilantro). In a small bowl mix the mint, dry coriander and the black pepper, add to the soup. Let it simmer until the lentils are soft, add vinegar and olive oil to taste

Similar to today’s: Greek Style lentil soup made with garlic, onion and tomato: click here for the recipe.

 

The ancient recipe: Pancakes with Honey and Sesame Seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Mix the flour, water and 1 tbsp honey to form the batter. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add ¼ of the batter to the pan. When the mixture thickens, turn it 2 or 3 times until it is golden on both sides. Make 3 more pancakes with the rest of the batter.  Serve with honey and sprinkle sesame seeds.

Similar to today’s: Loukoumades, a Greek doughnut fried in olive oil and drenched in honey.

 

The ancient recipe: Nut Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled almonds
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp bitter almonds (not available in the US, you can use regular almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 7 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Olive Oil

Preheat the oven at 350 F. Mix all the nuts except the sesame seeds and bake them for a few minutes in the oven. Do the same for the sesame seeds and then let them cool down. In a small pot let 3 tablespoons of honey simmer for about 7 minutes, add the sesame seeds, mix well. Let it cool enough so that you can handle it, pour it on an oily surface and knead into a ball. Separate it into 2 pieces,  roll 1 piece out with a rolling pin into a thin sheet that will fit in a shallow pan. Place the sheet on the bottom of the pan. Put all the nuts with the pepper in a blender or mixer and mix well for about 1 to 2 minutes. Boil the rest of the honey for 7 minutes and then add all the nuts and mix well. While it is still hot pour the nut and honey mixture in the pan on top of the sesame layer. Spread evenly. Roll the other piece of sesame seed dough into a sheet and cover the nut mixture. Let it cool off for 1 hour and then cut it small pieces.

Similar to today’s: Pasteli, a honey- sesame bar. Click here for recipe.

SAVE FOR LATER AND PIN IT!

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* Ancient Greek Recipes Adapted from Dalby, A., Grainger, S. (1996). The Classical Cookbook.

Photo: Loukoumades by Young Yun

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Brenda
8 years ago

Great post Elena!

johnathan
7 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

man what are Loukoumades.

Ella
2 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

Awesome recipes,

lollipop
8 years ago

awesome recipes all very helpful!!!

Katie Thomson
6 years ago
Reply to  lollipop

This is really good

hollymay
5 years ago
Reply to  lollipop

this sit is so help full i also enjoy the food thanks to this website go greece

Georgia
7 years ago

Hi,
I love your posts and look forward to trying them. The one ancient recipe also seems to be like tiganites or koutalithes. I make them for my children for breakfast sometimes.

Phoebe
6 years ago

I know I am 18 and I used this recipes for my history homework everybody loved it and I did to it was amazing , anyone out there who have not tried this 2 words TRY IT!

CLOHAVER
3 years ago
Reply to  Phoebe

what one was it

megan
7 years ago

thanks helped alot on my project

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7 years ago

Thanks!!!
Helped a lot with my Ancient Greek newpaper…..

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7 years ago

this helpd my project……… thatnk you :3

Imi
7 years ago

Your website helped me with my Ancient Greek assignment! Thank you❤️

Madeline
6 years ago
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LOL me to

Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Madeline

Another thank you, as you have also helped me with my project as well:)

Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Imi

Yea sure hah

Rangin
7 years ago

These recipes are awesome!!

Anonymous
7 years ago

yummy pancakes!

Phoebe
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I know arent they I tried the pancakes and the nut cake SWEET!

Anonymous
7 years ago

helps heeps

Nobody
7 years ago

How many servings does the nut cake make?

Joshua F
6 years ago

Thanks, this helped me out alot with my Project.

LOL
6 years ago
Reply to  Joshua F

Thanks Elena Paravantes!!!

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Anonymous
6 years ago

thanks it really help me with my project!!!!

Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks for helping me with my Ancient Greece project!

LOL
6 years ago

I can’t wait to do one of the recipes for my project!

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