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Authentic Greek cuisine and recipe ideas

Between lazing around the beach and road-tripping around the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, I managed to stop for a few meals along the way.

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The blazing daytime sun, breezy nights, ice cold mythos and some authentic Greek food was exactly what I needed on my summer vacation to Europe. Between lazing around on the beach and road-tripping around the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, I managed to sit for a few meals along the way. 

My first meal in Rhodes was a Greek plate, filled to the brim with tzatziki, pita, feta and halloumi cheese, hummus, kalamata olives and fruits and vegetables. It was a nice introduction to the cuisine of the island, though fairly predictable (and salty). 


 

The evening was spent dining by the Aegean Sea watching the sunset. I enjoyed a mezze, or selection of small dishes, of grilled octopus, baked eggplant in an ouzo-feta-tomato sauce, cheese saganaki (breaded and deep-fried), and keftedes (Greek meatballs).


 

 


 

After a day of quad-biking adventures around the island, my friend Margo and I treated ourselves to another nice meal in Rhodes at Antonis Tavern. Cold pints of local beer with cheese-stuffed courgette flowers (deep-fried, of course), grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita, rice pilaf and souvlaki skewers with chicken, beef and lamb. Between two hungry girls…we ate it all.


 

 


 

Though I didn’t get a chance to take pictures, I spent my mornings eating traditional Greek yogurt with honey and drinking Greek coffee (not unlike Turkish coffee). I also tasted many dolmades (rice and meat wrapped in grape leaves), deep-fried cheese snacks, gyros and ouzo – an anise-flavoured liquor similar to sambuca. Frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t roll out of Greece.


 

Try creating your own Greek feast at home with these simple recipes:

Tzatziki Greek potatoes

Great Greek salad

Spinach and feta phyllo tart

Feta and olive stuffed chicken

Lamb burgers with feta & mint

Lemony chicken souvlaki with herbed bulgur pilaf

Lamb koftas with tzatziki

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