11 Most Popular Greek Mezes and Side Dishes

Recipes for Greek Mezes and Side Dishes
 One of the joys of eating in Greece is to sit at a table spread with a variety of mezes and side dishes. They are an integral part of Greek cuisine and there are countless regional variations. We have put together here the 11 most popular recipes on our blog. Why 11? Well, it's 1 more than 10!

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1.  Tzatziki

 A classic Greek side dish, which can be served with meat and vegetable dishes, as well as accompanying souvlaki or gyros.

2.  Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
 Another "classic" Greek dish. Dolmades can be eaten as a meze with ouzo or as a side dish.

3.  Cheese Pie (Tiropita)
 There are many different types of cheese pies in Greece, this one is incredibly easy to prepare and is unbelievably light. Delicious, and - very important - kids love it!

4.  Tirokafteri
 A traditional spicy cheese dish, which can be served as a meze with ouzo or beer, or as a dip. Quick and easy to make.

5.  Eggplant Dip (Melitzanosalata)
 Smooth and tangy. Made with Greek strained yoghurt, this is a side dish which can be served with any meat, fish or vegetable dish.

6.  Prawn Saganaki
 If you like seafood and/or prawns, then you'll love this dish! It can be served as a starter or a side dish and is actually quite filling.

7.  Keftedakia (Small Meatballs)
 The classic Greek meatballs are called Keftedes and Keftedakia are a smaller version of them. Kids love these! And they are easy and quick to prepare!

8.  Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)
 As with cheese pies, there are many types of spinach pie - spanakopita - in Greece. This one is a classical spinach pie and can be eaten as a side dish or is a very tasty and nutritious snack by itself.

9.  Taramosalata
 This is a dish that is traditionally eaten on Clean Monday at the beginning of Lent before Easter. Very well-known worldwide.

10.  Zucchini Fritters (Kolokithopita)
 These tasty fritters are very easy to prepare and can be served as one of several side dishes - they go nicely with Tzatziki - or as a light snack on their own.

11.  Butter Beans Plaki (Gigantes)
 This delicious dish can be eaten at any time, but is especially associated with Clean Monday, when Lent begins before Easter.



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10 Greek Eggplant Dishes


 
Eggplants - Melitzanes - are very popular in Greece, and are used in many dishes. We've put together a list of 10 popular recipes using them. To go to the recipes, just click on the names.




 

 



 




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Greek Easter Sweets

 Greek Easter is this coming Sunday and time for us to enjoy our Easter sweets! Tsoureki - Easter Cake or Bread - and lovely cookies!

For the recipes, just click on the links.









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Greek Paximadia with Aniseed



 



This is a recipe for Greek paximadia, which are a kind of rusk. This recipe includes aniseed, which makes it a wonderful snack or 'nibble'!


Ingredients

1kg all-purpose four
50g fresh yeast
180g sugar
10 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp aniseed
350ml water
1 tsp salt


Preparation

Put 1 tbsp of aniseed in the water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 min.

Wait for it to become tepid and then pour through a sieve.

Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the water.

Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the other 1 tbsp of aniseed on top. 

Make a well in the centre of the four and add the water and then the oil gradually, mixing it into the flour.

Add the salt around the edge.

Gradually knead the dough well for at least 10 min. If you need more water, then add tepid water.

When you have a dough like bread dough, cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place for at least 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.

Place the dough on a work surface and divide into 8.

Roll each piece into a small loaf 30cm in length.

You will need 2 oven trays brushed with oil and place 4 loaves onto each – leaving a gap of at least 5cm between each loaf.

Leave the trays uncovered in a warm place for 1 hour.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and leave them to cool overnight.

Next day, cut the loaves diagonally (not straight across) into 1.5cm thick slices.

Place the slices flat on oven trays – you will probably need 4 trays – and put them in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until they are dried – approx. 30 min – and have a golden brown colour.



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8 Greek Spinach Recipes



 Spinach is very popular in Greece - especially in pies. Fresh spinach is used and is an integral part of the healthy Greek diet, and you don't have to be Popeye to like it! Here are 8 delicious recipes you can try - just click on the names to go to the recipes.




















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