Flavor Profile: Greek Cuisine

Greece is home to one of the quintessential Mediterranean cuisines. And, spanakopita is the first food I ever prepared for public consumption, as a grade school assignment.

See, Mom? I still remember.

I have composed a list of ingredients that you would typically find in Greek cuisine, as well as some classic Greek dishes that exemplify their contribution to world cuisine.

Herbs and Spices

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Sea salt

Meats

  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Chicken

Fish

  • Cod
  • Red mullet
  • Mackerel
  • Sea bass
  • Sole
  • Whitebait
  • Smelts

Dairy

  • Feta
  • Tsatsiki yogurt

Vegetables

  • Olives
  • Spinach
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

Other Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Phyllo Dough

Classic Dishes

  • Dolmadakia – stuffed grape leaves
  • Spanakopita – spinach and feta cheese pies in Phyllo dough
  • Taramasalata – fish eggs in a potato and oil sauce
  • Greek Salad – really of Greek origin.
  • Moussaka – ground lamb and eggplant slices in tomato sauce
  • Gyro – roasted lamb on a vertical spit. Our shwarma.
  • Avgolemono – egg and lemon sauce. Also served as a soup
  • Baklava – Sweetened Phyllo pastry with honey and crushed nuts.

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