The usual Loukanikopitakia we make in Greece are those called Pigs in a Blanket made with frankfurter sausages, wrapped in puff pastry. The other day I made Galaktoboureko and had some leftover phyllo sheets*. Instead of making the usual Tyropitakia I saw some Kalamata sausages** in the fridge, I had leftover parmesan from my last recipe…
Fakokeftedes are lentil burgers. These vegetarian burgers started as an experiment one day when I had leftover Fakes Moudjentra.
Kotopita, which means chicken pie, is one of many types of Greek meat pites. This particular meat pie is made with chicken and shaped into a galette.
Kagianas is a dish with scrambled eggs. Kafkalithres and myronia are Greek herbs, which are very aromatic. They are used raw in salads but also added to many otheer dishes, such as spanakopita.
Agriogourouno sti gastra (pr. ah-ghree-oh-GHOU-rhou-nho sti GAH-strah), is wild boar cooked in a “gastra” which is a Greek Dutch oven. The meat is marinated and then slowly cooked in the oven.
Patates Lemonates my way, are Greek Lemony Potatoes, which is a twist to the classic Greek side dish of roasted potatoes, with a sweet and sour taste.
Celebrating Greek Name Days is an important event for the Greeks.
Name days or “onomastiki eorti” as it is called in Greece is a tradition celebrated on a particular day of the year associated with the one’s given name of a Saint.
Ntomatokeftedes are tomato patties or fritters, served mostly in most of the Greek islands, especially in the Aegean. These are served as appetizers but they can also be served as a main dish with a salad.
Mpiftekia are the Greek burgers and although the word mpif (tekia) is derived from the word beef (steak), the French then called it bifteque and we translated it into mpifteki, now the Greek word generally means burgers. Mpiftekia may be made with beef, pork or chicken or even veggies.
If you get some lovely, fresh courgettes (zucchini) with their flowers on don’t throw away the flower and if you scoop the interior or courgettes to stuff them, don’t throw that away either. Here’s what I did: