Questions tagged [greek-cuisine]

Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from Greece - such as dolmades, moussaka or baklava. Questions about ingredients common to Greek-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific Greek dish, should not use this tag.

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Are Feroli (italy) and Olimp (Greece) legitimate brands of extra virgin olive oil?

Are Feroli (italy) and Olimp (Greece) legitimate brands of extra virgin olive oil? I could not find any information on the Internet that has been censored in China. They are being sold on PDD, one of ...
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Were nut-cheeses developed in Greek/Bulgarian/Turkish/Balkan cuisine traditionally?

Some vegan hard cheeses or cheese-like spreads made from nuts like Almond or Cashew are often marketed as "Greek style" or other "Balkan style". Were nut-cheeses developed in ...
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How can I soften mastic gum so it is easier to chew?

I want to use mastic gum as a chewing gum but it's a bit too hard and I find myself hurting my mouth with it. What natural plant ingredient (not wax) can I add to it to soften it so that it works ...
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History of Middle east "sandwiches" [closed]

This are not exactly sandwiches, they are "rolls", but anyway... I'm from Romania a country that was heavily by the ottoman empire in the middle ages and greeks in antiquity. The most ...
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Layering of Moussaka

I cannot find a definitive layering of aubergine/eggplant, meat sauce, potato, bechamel and cheese for 'authentic' moussaka: quite a variety in the order from good sources. So, what is the best order ...
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Why doesn't Greek cuisine use a lot of spices, compared to neighbors?

According to what I know almost all countries in the Mediterranean which surround Greece use a lot of spices in their cuisine. Greece itself has been occupied by such countries for hundreds of years. ...
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Uses of dittany of Crete (origanum dictamnus)

Last summer I went to Crete for a short vacation, and came back with fond memories of the local cuisine. Before leaving I bought some spices, among them a small bag of diktamo (dittany, or dictamnus)....
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Way too much lemon in my basting liquid

Let me start by saying, I am a good home cook. I have been cooking for a while with positive review. I decided to try something I had never done before. I made a Greek Inspired Pork Roulade. It ...
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What is this type of (Greek?) chilli pepper?

The chillies pictured below are fairly common in Greece (particularly the north of the country). They are known as "kafteres" (καυτερές) which roughly translates as "spicy". I'd like to have a ...
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Should I refrigerate homemade yogurt before making Greek yogurt?

I have a yogurt maker and a so-called Greek yogurt maker; the latter is basically a fancy strainer. Both gadgets are from Euro Cuisine. My process for making yogurt is as follows: Scald milk at about ...
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Chewy Bechamel while making Moussaka

After making my moussaka from a recipe online I couldn't help but notice that the bechamel didn't bubble when it was in the oven and when it was done the bechamel became chewy. What could be the ...
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Difference between tzatziki and Indian mint dip (mint chutney?)

What is the difference between a tzatziki dip and an Indian mint dip? Aren't both just yogurt and mint? Or o is the difference that tzatziki also has some cucumber in it? Also, while tzatziki looks ...
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What's a gluten free alternative to farro?

I am looking for a safe gluten free alternative to farro for a Greek chicken soup recipe. Perhaps a wild rice?
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Coins in bread?

Is it customary, in Greek or any other cuisine, to put a nickel (or any other coin) inside the bread? I know it is tradition to bake an inedible baby figure into Mardi Gras "King Cake:" but I had ...
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Name of a greek spice that sounds like "bakari"

Many years ago, we brought back from Greece a spice that was suggested to us for preparing the Moussaka. The greek who sold it to us called it "bakari". Now we have used all our stock and I've tried ...
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Does the location of where an octopus was imported from determine the flavor/quality of the meat?

I recently bought frozen octopus that was caught and imported from Portugal because the local stores were sold out of the octopus from Spain. There was also a package of octopus imported from Vietnam ...
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What should the consistency of the meat filling of moussaka be like?

I intend on cooking a lamb moussaka (having never eaten one before); in planning to do this I've referred to numerous recipes. The meat filling of the moussaka seems to be it's most integral element ...
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Can I freeze tzatziki sauce?

I've got a bunch of cucumbers from my CSA and one can only make so many pickles in a season :) Can we prepare a large batch of tzatziki sauce and freeze it to use later? Cucumbers have a lot of water, ...
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Using Rainbow Chard for Spanakopita

Just for giggles I am planning to make spanakopita using rainbow chard instead of spinach. It's been years since I've worked with chard, so I have forgotten how it behaves. If I were using spinach I ...
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Substitute for rooster

There's a Greek dish - kokoras krasatos - that I love and want to make for guests, but I can't for the life of me figure out where to find a rooster. Is anyone able to, short of pointing me in the ...
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Is it possible to make kataifi dough (by yourself or starting from filo dough)?

I really like the thready structure in this dish. But when I look for recipes, they all ask for a box of kataifi dough. I haven't found this in regular supermarkets (I haven't been to greek stores), ...
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Is this fish dish actually Greek in origin?

In Poland, where I live, a certain fish dish became very popular not so very long ago. It's called "ryba po grecku" which essentially translates to "Greek-style fish". The recipe is not particularly ...
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What is the difference between shawarma and gyros?

I see both of these terms used in restaurants that seem to specialize in meat on a vertical rotisserie served in a pita sandwich. I'm not clear on whether there is a difference between the two or if ...
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How to create kebabs that taste Greek

I'm planning to do a Barbeque at the end of the month and I'd like to serve a variety of different 'Greek' style kebabs. I'm not looking for recipies, but what is the essence of creating grilled / ...
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What do you use to make tzatziki? Onions, garlic, or both?

I found tzatziki sauce in a supermarket. If I recall correctly, the ingredients listed on the package included onions. I then read on Internet that tzatziki sauce is made with garlic. What do you ...
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What are the uses of tzatziki sauce? [closed]

I normally add tzatziki sauce when I eat roast left-overs. I cut the roast in slices (without warming it), and I add some tzatziki sauce. Are there different uses for tzatziki sauce? (I am sure ...
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