Traditional Greek Cuisine You Must Try in Greece

Traditional Greek Cuisine You Must Try in Greece

Trying any new things always gets me very excited. Aside of exploring new places and seeing new things, trying local cuisine is so important to me personally. In my mind it makes my journey complete. I cannot say that I am always happy with what I eat, but I treat everything as a new experience. It sometimes happens to be very disappointing, even disgusting, but it can also be surprisingly delicious and satisfying. I have had all sorts of food experiences during my travels and I would not change any positive or negative experience with food.

Greek cuisine was not disappointing at all. I could go back anytime and eat those delicacies all over again. Me and my taste buds were in heaven.

Although I have to be completely honest. Starters and dishes that we ate, to us were incredibly good and full of flavor. However, desserts unfortunately did not throw us to our knees. Greeks use a lot of sweet and viscous syrups for their desserts and they make it too sweet for us. Personal preferences of course, but it did not stop me from trying all bunch of them 😊.

Starters

Dolmades

Dolmades Dolmades

Stuffed vine leaves. Traditionally they are made with rice and pork, but can also be made vegetarian. Those miniature goodies are full of flavor. Stuffing contains rice, meat, lemon juice, dill, parsley, mint, onion and olive oil. I was hooked after only one bite and ordered them everywhere I could. Without a doubt my number one!

Spanakopita

Phyllo pastry dough triangles filled with spinach and feta cheese. They are baked which makes them a very light, fluffy and crunchy snack.

Tiroptakia

Phyllo dough triangles filled with cheese. Main ingredient is feta cheese and for stronger flavor it is mixed with two different cheeses, such as parmesan and gouda.

Greek platter

Greek cheese

Feta – white cheese made of sheep’s milk or mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk.

Metsovone – smoked cheese from a mixture of cow’s and sheep’s or goat’s milk. It is produced in northern Greece in the town of Metsovo.

Graviera – white cheese from sheep’s milk, produced mainly on the island of Crete.

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

I have mentioned this dip before in one of my posts and it’s so delicious I have to mention it again. It is perfect just by itself, but also makes for a great dip for literally everything 😊 I have dipped meat, bread to dolmades and I could not get enough of it on everything. Tzatziki is made of Greek yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, dill and olive oil, making it the most popular sauce in Greece.

Souvlaki

Souvlaki Souvlaki

Very popular dish in Greece. It is simply grilled meat on a skewer. Traditionally it is made with pork, but they also offer chicken and beef ones. They are seasoned very well and mostly served with a slice of lemon. You may find them accompanied with a side dish, such as fries or pita bread as well.

Main Dishes

Moussaka

Moussaka

I will start by telling you that it is a must eat while visiting Greece. The most popular and traditional Greek main dish that we found. It is an eggplant or potato-based dish with ground meat, tomato sauce, covered by milk-based sauce thickened with egg or flour.

Gyro

Gyro Gyro

I am aware that this might not be the most popular item since it is considered fast food, but… When someone who lives in Athens refers you a place with gyro saying that it is going to be the best one you have ever had – you just go there.

Traditional Greek gyro is made with pork, lamb or chicken. You can order it on two ways: wrapped into pita or on a plate. Ingredients are the same: meat, tomatoes, onion, tzatziki sauce and fries. Just depends how messy you want to be and whether you use a fork or your hands.

Desserts

Greek desserts

Baklava

Dessert made of phyllo dough and nuts that are mixed with very thick sweet syrup or honey.

Portokalopita

Traditional orange phyllo cake. Phyllo dough is mixed with Greek yoghurt, orange zest, eggs and few other ingredients. After it is baked a thick syrup made of water, sugar and orange juice is poured onto cake. It makes it very moist, almost soggy.

Galaktoboureko

Galaktoboureko

Baked phyllo dough filled with creamy custard and bathed in a scented syrup.

Bougatsa

It is considered a breakfast pastry which works perfectly with a cup of coffee. Layers of phyllo dough are filled with sweet custard, spinach or meat

Samali

Greek semolina cake with yoghurt instead of milk.

Kataifi

Kataifi

Very popular dessert that is made with a special kind of dough called kataifi. It looks similar to angel hair pasta. Rolled inside the dough are nuts, and after baking they dip the desert in a syrup.

Where we ate:

Dionysos Zonar’s – 43, Rovertou Galli St. 11742 Athens, Greece

Kalamaki Bar Dimitrakopoulou ke Drakou, Athina 117 42, Greece

Ρίζα Ρίζα (Riza Riza) – Drakou 19, Κουκάκι Αθήνα 117 42, Greece

Mouses – 20 Andrianou | Agiou Filippou, Athens 105 55, Greece

Takis Bakery – Misaraliotou 14, Athina 117 42, Greece

Café Diogenes – Lisikratous, Athina 105 58, Greece

Kalyvas – Geor. Olimpiou 10, Athina 117 41, Greece

Café Melina – Lisiou 22, Athina 105 56, Greece