Easy Greek Cooking: Ingredients and Quick Recipes

We absolutely love the fresh Mediterranean in Greek-style dishes. Here’s a list of our must-have ingredients for easy Greek cooking. Be sure to have them handy in your pantry/fridge–you’ll never know when culinary inspiration strikes!

 

 

 

 

#1 Honey

Use local bush honey to make Greek honey puff donutsMelomakarona—honey cookies with walnuts, or stir through your favourite Greek yoghurt.

 

#2 Eggplant

A must-have when cooking the popular Moussaka—a traditional Greek casserole made with layers of eggplant, spiced meat (ground beef or lamb), topped with béchamel sauce and baked until golden brown. To make a vegetarian Moussaka, add layers of potato, zucchini, butternut pumpkin and your favourite vegetables.

 

#3 Herbs

Oregano (Greek name: rigani)
In Greek cooking, oregano is commonly used when cooking fish, meats, tomato-based sauces, salads, egg dishes and cheeses. It is said that oregano tea can aid digestion and coughs.

Mint (Greek name: dyosmos)
Just as popular as oregano, mint can be used in just about any Greek dish—tomato-based sauces, cheeses, rice and meat dishes.Make your own yoghurt, lemon and mint sauce to go with our Beef Kofta Kebabs. 

Three ways to store herbs and prolong their shelf life

 

#4 Greek Yoghurt

Create a sweet or savoury Greek-inspired dish with Greek yoghurt. For the sweet tooth, add a drizzle of honey and a handful of crushed walnuts to a bowl of yoghurt. For the savoury accompaniment, make your own tzatziki sauce!

 

#5 Feta Cheese

A must-have in Greek-style salads. Here’s a new salad recipe to try: steam or boil a zucchini; carefully slice it to bite-size pieces; add some minced garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and crumbled feta; toss in some freshly chopped mint for that extra burst of spearmint freshness.

 

#6 Halloumi Cheese

A great cheese for grilling. Add to burgers, char-grilled vegetables, or enjoy the grilled halloumi as-is. To grill the halloumi, thinly slice the cheese to about 1 cm-thick, grill on both sides until browned and eat immediately while it’s still warm. Perfect as an appetizer, finger food or at barbecues. See our simple halloumi sopressa recipe and rosemary & mint lamb burger combo for ideas to incorporate halloumi into your everyday cooking.

 

#7 Pasta

Create a Greek-inspired pasta dish with pasta. Toss your favourite pasta together with olive oil, Greek olives, fresh tomatoes, oregano and feta. Create a pasta salad by bulking up the dish with grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, capsicum and zucchini.

 



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