Greek Gastronomy!

Greek cuisine is delicious and typically, comprises of olive oil, herbs, spices, vegetables and various meats. Aubergines, zuccini and yoghurt are used heavily in a lot of the dishes. Though its tough to choose from such a wide variety of mouth-watering options, here’s my pick of top 5 that you absolutely must try while in Greece,

1) Moussaka:

This is an eggplant and/or potato based dish, layered with minced meat, sauces and cheese, baked and served hot. For the vegans, you also get vegetarian versions of moussaka in most of the greek taverns.

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2) Appetizers or Dips:

Dips served with warm pita or tortilla’s are the most common appetizers found in Greece. Amongst the dips, Tzatziki, a youghurt based dip with cucumber and garlic is the most popular. We had this every single day while we were in Greece and still came back feeling we didn’t have enough.

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3) Gyros:

The most popular Greek fast food. Gyros is roasted meat pieces served with a garnishing of tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cucumber and sauces (mostly tzatziki)  wrapped or rolled in a pita bread.

4)  Grilled lamb:

If you happen to be in Greece during Easter weekend, the grilled lamb is not to be missed. You can see lambs being roasted in open air in front of every taverna and these are served fresh with a side of potatoes or rice.

5) Wild chicken rice:

This is a warm casserole dish baked with rice and chicken, topped with various vegetables, spices, herbs, sauces and a sprinkle of cheese.

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The Drink:

Tsipouro, the traditional Greek drink is made of apertif with almost 40% alcohol. There are also variations to Tsipouro, of which, Ouzo is the most famous. Ouzo is an anise-flavoured apertif and a must-try while in Greece. /*Word of caution – this is not for the faint-hearted*\

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What is your favorite Greek dish? Let us know!

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