Facts About Greek Food

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Facts About Greek Food
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Greek cuisine features fresh vegetables and a variety of meats, including lamb, chicken, pork, fish and beef, with influences from Italy and other nearby countries. A blend of tangy seasonings gives Greek dishes their distinct flavour. Olives, lemons, garlic and a wide variety of herbs are the main seasonings in family and time-tested recipes. Greek celebrations, festivals and religious observations are the centre of the Greek life, bringing families and friends together to savour the richness of the food.

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Religious Holiday Food

In the Greek culture, Easter begins with the first day of Lent, when people get ready for the resurrection of Christ by cleansing their bodies. Food eaten during this time has the word "nistisima" after it, indicating that it doesn't contain any of the restricted foods. The traditional Easter bread, Tsoureki, has a slightly sweet flavour. Greeks also make Greek Easter cookies to share with friends and visitors. Easter Sunday in the culture is a time of celebration. The favourite Easter soup is mayeritsa, which is made with lamb organs and seasonings.

During the Christmas holidays, the Greek custom includes melomakarona (cookies topped with honey and walnuts) and kourabiethes (almond sugar cookies). Greeks also enjoy a variety of cakes and other desserts.

Filo Dishes

Filo dough, an ultra-thin, flaky pastry, is the foundation of many favourite Greek recipes. It is used in spanakopita (spinach pie) and baklava (sweet pastry with nuts). Other favourite Greek recipes with filo include seafood appetizers, "nest" side dishes, appetizers and desserts and tarts.

Meats

The favourite meat served in Greek homes and restaurants is lamb, which is generally spit-roasted. Lamb is used for main dishes and in casseroles with vegetables. Other meats enjoyed in the Greek culture are chicken, pork, beef and fish. Any of these meats can be used in souvlaki, one of the favourite Greek, wrap-style sandwiches.

Pita Bread

Pita bread is served with most Greek meals. Dips for pita include yoghurt with cumbers or olive oil with lemon and other seasonings. Pita also serves as the wrap for Greek-style sandwiches, including gyros (pronounced YEE-ros), which often include thinly sliced lamb, tomatoes, onions and yoghurt dressing.

Salads

Greek salads often include olives, tomatoes and feta cheese. The dressing has an olive oil base and is mixed with vinegar and other seasonings. Nuts typically garnish Greek salads.

Vegetables

Greek cuisine is known for featuring a variety of vegetables in season. Moussaka is an eggplant-based, casserole-style dish, layered with tomatoes, peppers, onions and sometimes meat. Other favourite vegetables include all sorts of greens, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions and anything else in season.

Olives and Lemons

Many Greek foods, including main dishes and salads, call for olives, olive oil, and lemons. Olive oil is one of the most common ingredients in Greek cuisine. It is used in salads, main dishes and as dipping sauce. Lemons provide the zesty flavour Greek dishes are known for.

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