Recipes

Imam Bayildi (the Greek)

Imam Bayildi (the Greek)

Another dish that came from the Greeks of the Byzantine times, long before the Turks arrived in Constantinople and the proof is on the name… when the Greek (maid or cook) made it for the Imam, he like it so much that he ate enough to make him sick of it (baildise-had...

Goat Casserole and stuffed artichokes with staka

Goat Casserole and stuffed artichokes with staka

Goat is one of the favorite meats in Crete and it is delicious. Goats in Crete are fed with herbs and natural greens. The meat gets cooked much faster than most other meats. The combination of goat with artichoke, staka and lemon will give you an unforgettable flavor....

Hilopitaki – Homemade Greek Pasta

Hilopitaki – Homemade Greek Pasta

A popular fresh pasta delicacy make in Greece, usually with fresh sheep milk. Every village has their own Hilopites to be proud about, with a small variance in the ingredients from place to place and according to each taste and technique. The art of course is in the...

Gemista – Stuffed Vegetables

Gemista – Stuffed Vegetables

This is defiantly the ultimate Greek Summer dish, this is how you know that summer has arrived when everyone is cooking this amazing Greek specialty!! Make it only in the summer when the tomatoes are full of flavor and aromas and the garden pots are full of fresh...

100 years old roasted potato recipe

100 years old roasted potato recipe

When my Italian friend Lucia Pappas said that she has a recipe for roasted potatoes from her dad that is over 100 years old I had to taste them for myself.  And because I am nice, I will share with you as well!!! Ingredients Potatoes (Lucia used Idaho potatoes)...

Bakaliaro with Provatsa

Bakaliaro with Provatsa

Provatsa is a wild green you find in the winter in Naxos island as well as other Greek islands. Usually next to the sea shores and is the base of a beautiful flower. It is collected in the winter and thus the reason is best cooked with Bakaliaro (salted cod fish) when...

Bakaliaros (Bacalhau) with fresh fennel, leeks and tomato

Bakaliaros (Bacalhau) with fresh fennel, leeks and tomato

I had this traditional Cretan dish cooked for me on Palm Sunday by Maria Hamilaki, a fantastic lady cook at the village Agios Spiridonas, in Sitia. Salted Bacalhau was used for many years in island cooking especially in villages that were on the mountains and their...

Bakaliaros (Bacalhau) soup with lemon and potatoes

Bakaliaros (Bacalhau) soup with lemon and potatoes

A traditional Cretan dish, usually cooked on Palm Sunday because of the Easter Lent. Salted Bacalhau was used for many years in island cooking especially in villages that were on the mountains and their access to sea was not possible. A beautiful dish, which you can...

Kaltsounia or Kalitsounia (Cretan Easter Pastries)

Kaltsounia or Kalitsounia (Cretan Easter Pastries)

Traditional Cretan Easter pastries made the Sitians way. A combination of cheese and honey, in a dough made with eggs sugar and Raki. A tradition that takes a group of women called “Apozimostres” to make them on the Holy Easter Week, and it takes up to ten days before...

Fennel Patties and Potato with Garlic and Capers

Fennel Patties and Potato with Garlic and Capers

Tasty and healthy are the Fennel patties we have tasted in Tinos Island cooked for us by Tinos Farm to Table. To complete this beautiful dish, potato patties with garlic and capers. Easy recipes for when fresh fennel is in season!! For the fennel patties (ingredients)...

Red Mullets Savoro (Barbounia Savoro)

Red Mullets Savoro (Barbounia Savoro)

Another method for preserving fish (or meat) was to cook it “Savoro” style… meaning in vinegar, sugar, salt and mainly rosemary. A wonderful dish that can be served warm or cold, as a starter or meze for wine, beer or ouzo. Ingredients Red mullets or other small whole...

Xirotigana

Xirotigana

One of Crete’s favorite pastry, served almost at every festivity and gatherings. This recipe is from a dear friend Haroula in Chrysopigi-Sitia. Make sure you watch the video as well to see the way she shapes the wheels in the oil!!! Ingredients For the dough Bread...

Hohlious with Hontro (snails cooked with cracked wheat)

Hohlious with Hontro (snails cooked with cracked wheat)

Another great snails dish by the Chrysopigi ladies in Crete. This time is cooked with Hontro, (cracked wheat) and tomatoes. Try and make it with canned snails if you don’t find live snails. Ingredients Snails 1kilo live ones Olive oil 1/2cup Onion white 1 chopped...

Reggosalata (salad with smoked herring)

Reggosalata (salad with smoked herring)

The only time I tasted this slad was in Chrysopigi in Crete, made by the lady cooks of the village with a few simple ingredients and their amazing Olive Oil. It was really a great salad!! Ingredients (amounts of ingredients I leave to your liking) Smoked herring Fresh...

Hohlious Boubouristous (snails in rosemary and vinegar)

Hohlious Boubouristous (snails in rosemary and vinegar)

Snails are one of Cretes traditional delicacies and you find it in many different cooking methods, and almost in every feast as a starter or main course. I haven’t had the luck to find live snails out of Greece but maybe try and make this with canned snails (escargot)...

Tyganopsomo (fried bread dough)

Tyganopsomo (fried bread dough)

Another traditional dish from the Lakonia region. Fried bread dough, served with local honey or cheese of your choice or even better… both!!! An easy and quick recipe made at any time of the day, loved by young and old folks!!! This recipe was made for Savor Greece by...

Kayiana (eggs with cheese and siglino)

Kayiana (eggs with cheese and siglino)

Traditional egg recipe from Lakonia, Greece. Almost like scrambled eggs, cooked with tomato, hard white local cheese and siglino; another traditional local cold meat made from brined, smoked pork and flavored with oranges. This dish was cooked for Savor Greece S1E12...

Bouyiourdi (spicy baked feta cheese)

Bouyiourdi (spicy baked feta cheese)

One of the many wonderful dishes originating from Thessaloniki with baked feta cheese, tomatoes, peppers and other spices, preferably spicy. Usually served in parchment paper and spicy and thus fits the story of the word. The word boujurdi originally meant the written...

Astakomakaronada (Lobster Spaghetti)

Astakomakaronada (Lobster Spaghetti)

Ingredients Live lobster Onion chopped 3tbsp Garlic chopped 1tsp Olive oil (evoo) 1/4cup White wine 1cup Tomato paste 2tbsp diluted in 1/2cup hot water Rosemary 1tsp Thyme 1tsp Dried spearmint 1tsp Salt and pepper Boiling water 1litre (4cups) Spaghetti 250gr (8oz)...

Chocolate Mosaic Log

Chocolate Mosaic Log

Since I can remember “Mosaiko: was one of my childhood favorite. Also passionate love bites for Valentine’s Day. Quick and easy to make, super delicious to eat!!! Ingredients: Unsalted butter 250grms (8,8oz) Condensed milk 400grms (14,1oz) Bitter cocoa powder 60grms...

Patatopita (potato-pie)

Patatopita (potato-pie)

A beautiful and delicious recipe from Nikoleta Foskolou and her “Perivoli tis Nikoletas” or Nikoletas Orchard in Tinos Island. She gives cooking classes to visitors using only products that come from her own orchard that surrounds her home. Ingredients Potatoes 2kilos...

Kolokithakia Papoutsakia (stuffed zucchini shoes)

Kolokithakia Papoutsakia (stuffed zucchini shoes)

From Nikoleta Foskolou. Nikoleta is the owner of “Perivoli tis Nikoletas” Nikoletas Orchard in the island of Tinos. She is an Arthur of many cooking books as well as a cooking instructor to traditional Tinian recipes using products that she grows in her own orchard....

Loukoumades

Loukoumades

Loukoumades or Honey Puffs have an old history that goes back about 3000 years and in particular to the first Olympic Games where they were given to the athletes as honey coins or tokens. Since then it has become one of Greece’s favorite desserts, found in many...

Traditional Cretan Kakavia soup

Traditional Cretan Kakavia soup

Kakavia is a soup made traditionally by the fishermen in the boats after their fishing. They use the fish that don’t sell easy at the fish market, the use of sea water, onions and potatoes that are easy to bring with maybe some lemons and eaten with chunks of bread to...

Riganada, a traditional Kefalonian snack

Riganada, a traditional Kefalonian snack

An every hour of the day snack, you can find it around Greece with a few variations and different ingredients. In this recipe Niovi Kampitsi Fotinatou gives us the traditional Kefalonian way. Ingredients Stale sour dough bread Olive oil Pomegranate vinegar Fresh...

Avrakoti – Traditional Kefalonian Cheese pie

Avrakoti – Traditional Kefalonian Cheese pie

A quick and easy cheese pie that took the name Avrakoti (with no pants) because of the fact that doesn’t have any phyllo pastry!!! Very plain which gives you the opportunity to combine any other ingredients you like with it. Ingredients Feta cheese 1cups broken to...

Bourbourelia, Kefalonian traditional dish

Bourbourelia, Kefalonian traditional dish

Bourbourelia is a mixture of various cereals and legumes which are traditionally cooked in Kefalonia on the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (November 21). This custom is related to the fact that the feast of the Apparitions of the Virgin takes place exactly...

Bakaliaropita, Kefalonians bacalao-pie

Bakaliaropita, Kefalonians bacalao-pie

Another traditional dish from Kefalonia, the Bakaliaropita or bacalao-pie made by Voula Bayioti, Captains Table restaurant in Argostoli. Ingredients: For the dough… Four all-purpose 4cups Olive oil 1/2cups Salt 1tsp Water warm as much as it takes For the filling…...

Bakaliaros Pitsipitsardo, a Traditional Kefalonian dish

Bakaliaros Pitsipitsardo, a Traditional Kefalonian dish

One of the best recipes I’ve tested in my Savor Greece, season one rounds was that in Kefalonia… Bakaliaros Pitsipitsardo from Katerina Garbi, a real super cook full of flavor and aromas!!! Ingredients Bacakalao (salted cod fish) 1kilo (just over 2 pounds) Flour...

Amygdalota (Wedding almond truffles with mastic gum)

Amygdalota (Wedding almond truffles with mastic gum)

A sweet delicacy made in the traditional village of Apiranthos, in Naxos island, offered on weddings and other happy occasions Ingredients Almonds white skinless White sugar 500grms (2 cups) Water 2cups Honey 100grms (about 1/2cups) Rosewater 1tbsp Mastc gum in powder...

Salatouri (Skate wing salad, Naxos way)

Salatouri (Skate wing salad, Naxos way)

Another traditional dish from the wonderful island of Naxos, this time a salad made from Skate wing. This particular recipe was given to me by Taverna Spyros in Ag. Prokopi, Naxos. Ingredients Skate wing about 1kilo (with bones) Scallions 4 chopped whole with the...

Kakavia soup (traditional fishermen soup)

Kakavia soup (traditional fishermen soup)

Kakavia is Greek traditional soup of the fishermen, usually cooked out at sea using sea-water and fish collected after cleaning their net, small shellfish, easy to bring with vegetables like onions and potatoes, flavored with lemons and eaten with only bread and your...

Dolmadakia with vine leaves stuffed with meat and rice

Dolmadakia with vine leaves stuffed with meat and rice

Dolmadakia must be one of Greeces most popular snack or starter. Comes in many sizes, with meat or vegan, with egg sauce (avgolemono), plain or just yogurt, served warm or in room temperature, as a single dish or in a salad, even in sandwiches. You can have it in...

Tyropitaria

Tyropitaria

Tyropitaria is a quick snack loved by all and made with almost the same dough we make Thiples but this time we serve with cheese and honey. Ingredients: Eggs 6 large Ouzo 60ml-2oz (or brandy) High gluten flour (as much as it takes) it should take about 700gr (25oz) or...

Goges (traditional Greek pasta dish)

Goges (traditional Greek pasta dish)

Goges is a traditional Greek like fresh pasta dish usually found around Argolida and believed to be one of the dishes made over the Greek Mardi Gras period. Easy to make, quick and you can serve it in many variations. Ingredients (for 2 portions) 1cups bread flour...

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