Ovelias is a Greek Easter tradition where a whole lamb is roasted on the spit. The word ovelias pronounced Oh-veh-LI-as comes from the ancient Greek word “ovelos” which used to be a wooden or steel rod, where pieces of meat were skewered on and slowly cooked. Nowdays, the word “ovelias” means a whole lamb cooked for Easter on the spit.
Galopoula Gemisti, means stuffed turkey. In Cyprus, we always used to roast our turkey on Christmas Day which was filled with finely chopped chicken giblets, rice, almonds and raisins.
“Ofton” comes from an ancient Greek word, which means baked and “Kleftiko” means stolen. Lamb kleftiko is an easy, rustic, traditional Greek dish made with lamb, cooked in the oven wrapped in parchment paper.
Fricassee is a Greek recipe made with pork, lamb or chicken, with lots of lettuce, aromatic herbs and the traditional Greek avgolemono sauce.