If you search online for 'greek food' or 'what to eat in Athens', you'll see that the overwhelming majority of results will lead you to souvlaki. Of course, there is nothing wrong with souvlaki. On the contrary, souvlaki is one of our most traditional dishes in Greece, and with about 2€, the traveler has the opportunity to taste delicious, quality and affordable food. However, Greek cuisine has much more to offer, and neglecting its incredible flavors would be a pity. Here, we present to you three of our favorite traditional Greek recipes you shouldn't skip on trying!
Kleftiko - credits: Konstantin Kopachinsky/Shutterstock.com
In the past, when bandits were hiding in the mountains, they used to steal lambs and cook them in the caves in an effort to remain unseen. Kleftiko in Greek means 'stolen', so the recipe describes a way to cook a 'stolen' lamb, but please go ahead and buy yours from your local shop. It is a delicious and juicy dish, as the lamb is slow-roasted with garlic, lemon juice, and herbs. Usually, potatoes are added as a side dish.
Buyurdi - credits: toellinikocy.com
Buyurdi is a Turkish word meaning 'an order to someone'. Nowadays, the word is also used in Greek, when we have to describe a frustratingly large amount of money that we have to pay. Apart from that, buyurdi is one of the greatest Greek meze, with its name being attributed to its spiciness. Its basic ingredients are feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, green peppers, and olive oil, blended with paprika, pepper, fresh oregano & other spices. In some versions of the recipe, additional varieties of Greek cheese can be added. All these are placed in a small clay pot and are put in the oven until the feta cheese melts (baking for 15' at around 200 celcius degrees should be fine).
Lahanodolmades - credits: Gestiafoto/Shutterstock.com
Lahanodolmades is one of our favorite Greek recipes. It is a special version of dolmades made by cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat and served with a thick lemony sauce. You can make lahanodolmades a vegetarian-friendly dish by removing the minced meat from the recipe. Many Greek restaurants serve lahanodolmades as a starter, but you can also have it as your main course.
These are three of our favorite traditional Greek recipes. If you want to learn the best way to cook them, join our Greek cooking lesson; with the help of our trained chef, you'll learn how to prepare the most authentic Greek dishes and you'll fall in love with Greek cuisine!