Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta Cheese

Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta Cheese Fine, fresh vegetables are found throughout Greece. For this recipe, it is important to use the reddest, ripest tomatoes available.Ingredients – Preparation time: 35 minutes.– Cooking time: 15 minutes.– Serves 4.– 4 medium-sized ripe tomatoes*.– 2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions.– 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley.– ½ c. (about 3 oz.) finely crumbled feta cheese.– ¼ c. bread crumbs.– 3 tbsp. olive oi. Instructions Step 1:Carefully cut tops off tomatoes. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out pulp and seeds. Save…

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New Year’s Bread/Vasilopeta

New Year’s Bread/Vasilopeta Greeks bake a coin inside this bread.At midnight on New Year’s Eve, the bread is sliced.According to tradition, the person who gets the slice with the coin will have good luck in the coming year. Ingredients –        1 package active dry yeast; ¼ c. warm water –        ½ c. milk; 1/3 c. butter –        ½ c. sugar; 3 eggs –        2 tsp. grated orange peel –        1 tsp. grated lemon peel –        ½ tsp. salt –        3 c. unsifted all-purpose flour –        1 egg yolk mixed with…

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Honey Cheese Pie/Melópitta

Honey Cheese Pie/Melópitta Ingredients –        4 eggs; 2 c. (16 oz.) ricotta cheese –        1 c. honey; ½ tsp. cinnamon –        2 tbsp. all-purpose flour –        1 tsp. lemon juice; 1 tbsp. butter –        Cinnamon for sprinkling. Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. Beat eggs lightly in a large mixing bowl. 3. Add ricotta cheese, honey, cinnamon, flour, and lemon juice. Beat for 3 minutes, or until very smooth. 4. Rub 1 tbsp. butter into a 9-inch pie pan, then pour in pie mixture. 5. Place pan on middle…

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Butter Cookies/Kourabiéthes

Butter Cookies/Kourabiéthes Butter cookies are very popular year-round in Greece. At Christmastime, they are topped with whole cloves to symbolize the spices brought to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men. Ingredients –        2½ c. all-purpose flour –        1 teaspooon baking powder –        ¼ tsp. salt; ½ c. sugar –        1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened –        1 egg; ½ tsp. vanilla extract –        ¼ tsp. almond extract –        Powdered sugar for sprinkling. Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.…

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Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta Cheese/ Domátes mé Féta

Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta Cheese/ Domátes mé Féta For this recipe, it is important to use the reddest, ripest tomatoes available. If your tomatoes aren’t quite ripe (pinkish-orange instead of bright red), place them in a brown paper bag and keep in a cupboard or other dark place for a day or two to ripen. Ingredients –        4 medium-sized ripe tomatoes –        2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions –        2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley –        ½ c. (about 3 oz.) finely crumbled feta cheese –        ¼ c. bread crumbs –       …

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Orzo with Browned Butter Sauce/ Órzo Kaúto Voútyro

Orzo with Browned Butter Sauce/ Órzo Kaúto Voútyro Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta available at most supermarkets and co-ops. If you can t get orzo, you can substitute any small pasta or white rice. Ingredients –        ½ lb. orzo, uncooked –        1/3 c. butter or margarine –        3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese. Instructions 1. Cook orzo according to directions on package. Drain in a colander and set aside. 2. While orzo is cooking, put butter in a small saucepan. Melt over medium-high heat and cook until butter turns brown. 3.…

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Beef and Onion Stew/Stifádo

Beef and Onion Stew/Stifádo Stifádo is a hearty stew that is especially good in cool weather. Ingredients –        3 tbsp. vegetable oil –        2 lb. beef chuck or top round, cut into 2-inch cubes –        3 c. thinly sliced onions –        2 cloves garlic, finely chopped –        1 6-oz. can tomato paste –        1 10½-oz. can beef broth –        1 c. water; ¼ c. red-wine vinegar –        ½ tsp. salt; 1/8 tsp. pepper –        ¼ tsp. cinnamon; 1 bay leaf. Instructions 1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high…

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Baked Fish/Psári Plakí

Baked Fish/Psári Plakí Since Greece is surrounded by the sea on three sides, Greeks eat many delicious fish and seafood dishes. For ps , cod, haddock, or bluefish fillets work well. If you use frozen fillets, thaw them completely before preparing this dish. Ingredients –        2 tbsp. olive oil –        2 lb. fish fillets –        ½ tsp. salt –        ¼ tsp. pepper –        2 tbsp. lemon juice –        1 medium onion, thinly sliced –        ¼ c. finely chopped fresh parsley –        1 8-oz. can diced tomatoes. Instructions  1. Preheat oven…

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Lentil Soup-Fakí

Lentil Soup/Fakí In Greece, fak is traditionally eaten on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). The Greek Orthodox Church prohibits eating meat or fish on that day, and lentil soup is a nourishing alternative. Ingredients –        1 lb. lentils; 3 tbsp. olive oil –        1 medium onion, finely chopped –        1 stalk celery, finely chopped –        2 carrots, peeled and cut into –        1/8-inch-thick slices; 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped –        1 bay leaf; 1/4 tsp. pepper –        1 tsp. oregano; 2 tbsp. tomato paste –        8 c. cold water;…

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Egg and Lemon Soup/ Soúpa Avgolémono

Egg and Lemon Soup/ Soúpa Avgolémono Delicate egg and lemon soup is probab y the number-one soup in Greece. Be careful to add the hot broth slowly to the eggs, beating all the while.The extra effort will be well worth it! Ingredients –        3 10½-oz. cans (about 4 c.) chicken broth. –        1/3 c. rice, uncooked –        2 eggs –        4 tbsp. lemon juice –        4 thin slices lemon for garnish –        2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley for garnish. Instructions 1. In a heavy saucepan, bring chicken broth to a…

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