Friday, June 1, 2007

Greek Gods Recipes

Here are some Greek recipes we will use during the unit:

Tsatsiki sauce:
You cannot get away from this sauce in Greece!
Mix a small container of light sour cream with 1/2 cup plain yoghurt. Grate 1/2 to 1 cucumber (depending on size - 1/2 for english cucumber, whole otherwise), squeeze out the juice, add to cream mix. Put at least 2, but no upper limit, of fresh garlic cloves through the garlic press and add. Add salt and pepper, and a little bit of sugar, to taste. This sauce is great as a dip for flatbread, French bread, and even French Fries!

We also use it for Greek Pita Breads
Buy whole wheat pita bread. Stuff with:
Feta cheese cubes
tomato wedges
cucumber slices
sweet onion rings
green pepper slices
Top with tsatsiki sauce.

Greek salad
Cut tomatoes into wedges, cucumbers into slices, sweet onions into rings; add crumbled Feta cheese, black olives, and a small amount of white vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.

Spaghetti with Mizithra cheese:
Mizithra is another Greek cheese. It is a hard cheese, like Parmesan, and is also strong flavored (though the flavor is quite different). Cook spaghetti al dente. Melt and brown one stick of butter in a pan, pour over drained spaghetti and toss. Top with freshly ground mizithra cheese.
Serve with Greek salad.

All these are modern Greek recipes, but we love them! We are lucky enough to have several middle eastern stores in the area, so we can get a variety of olives and feta cheeses. Mizithra and basic Feta should be available in most larger supermarkts.

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