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15 foods to try out in Greece

Greece ● 19 October 2017
 

Greek cuisine is part of the Mediterranean cuisine, which is a way of healthy eating that combines high-quality ingredients in delicious recipes. Meat, fish, seafood and vegetables create amazing dishes you should definitely try during your visit in Greece. These are the 15 must-taste foods of the Greek cuisine you will adore!

1. Moussaka, one of the most famous dishes of the Greek cuisine, is based on layering: grilled or fried aubergine, potato and zucchini and between the layers minced meat. On the top, onion, garlic and béchamel sauce create the best food with meat, vegetables and a creamy sauce.



2. The Greek salad is one of the most famous and easily made salads in the world. It consists of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, olives, feta cheese, oregano and olive oil. It is a delicious and nutritious salad, which is served in every restaurant or tavern in Greece.



3. Fish is cooked in the Greek cuisine either grilled, when it is a big fish, like sea bass, dorado, mackerel and haddock, or fried, when the fish is small, like red mullet. Some fishes, like sardine and sprat, are not cooked but rather marinated, being a perfect kickshaw combined with ouzo and the early version of sushi in Greece. The big fishes, which are grilled, are served with a delicious sauce of olive oil mixed with lemon, which gives them an extraordinary taste.

4. A dish, which is considered to be very aphrodisiac, is the oysters and generally the shellfishes. They are served with their shell, and their inside is boiled in wine or a sauce with garlic and lemon. They are an amazing kickshaw with a taste literally coming from the sea.

5. Dolmades are grape leaf-wrapped rice parcel, eaten as finger food. Some dolmades are also stuffed with pine nuts.



6. Souvlaki is the most famous street food in Greece, if not in Europe. Chicken or pork meat, combined with tzatziki, tomato, French fries and onion, is wrapped in a pita. It is cheap, delicious and the perfect food after alcohol.

7. Feta cheese with honey is an appetiser or dessert, in which feta is wrapped in filo pastry and then, is baked or fried, before honey is put on the top. The combination of salty feta and sweet honey create an amazing taste.



8. Pastitsio is baked pasta with minced meat and béchamel sauce. It is the alternative to moussaka, but with spaghetti instead of vegetables.

9. Courgette balls (kolokythokeftedes) are crispy balls with zucchini, mint and creamy cheese on the inside. It is a veggie starter and a very popular dish in Crete, which however you can find all over Greece.



10. Tomato fritters (tomatokeftedes) are the alternative to courgette balls, if you don't like zucchini. Basically, they are dried tomatoes fried with flour. They are also a veggie starter and are very popular in Santorini.

11. Grilled or marinated, octopus is an ideal meze to eat, while drinking ouzo, or add as an ingredient in the pasta.

12. Pies are very popular in Greece as an appetiser or a main dish. Filled with many cheeses (cheese pie) or spinach (spinach pie) or meat (meat pie), the pies are something you can find in every bakery of Greece.

13. Dakos is the most popular dish in Crete, which is however served in every tavern in Greece, is a combination of salad and appetiser. Barley rusks, which are soaked in water or olive oil to get softened, are topped with fresh tomato and cheese, feta or myzithra. Salt, oregano, pepper and Cretan olive oil give dakos an excellent taste.



14. Very tasteful are also the shrimps. They are grilled, but you can eat them in a special dish with tomato sauce and feta cheese, which combines various ingredients to create something unique.

15. Extra tasty, velvety in texture, nutritious and sweet, fava of Santorini has awarded PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin). Most commonly, it is pureed and served as a dip, sprinkled with lemon juice, olive oil and onions. However, there are many recipes with fava, such as with tomatoes, capers and other vegetables, and it can also be served as a soup.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Carolina Hotel
8.8 10
Carolina Hotel
55, Kolokotroni str., 10560 Athens, Greece

Hotel Carolina is strategically located in the center of Athens, just 500 m from the lively Monastiraki Square and 200 m from Ermou shopping street. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is a 10-minute walk away. Plaka, the historic part of Athens, is a 15-minute walk away. Athens International Airport is at 43 km.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.


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