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    GRILLED SARDINES

    Serve these delicious sardines with some boiled greens, such as kale or spinach. Serves 4 2 pounds fresh sardines, heads removed, cleaned, gutted, and scaled ⁄ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons salt ⁄ teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ⁄ teaspoons dried oregano Preheat a gas or […] More

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    BAKLAVA

    The organization is the key to assembling this dish. Make sure the phyllo is at room temperature, the syrup is ready, and the filling is made before you start. Serves 16 2 ⁄ cups sugar, divided 1 cup of water ⁄ cup honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 cups walnuts 2 cups blanched almonds […] More

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    DAD’S RICE PUDDING

    This recipe uses long-grain rice, but you can also use Arborio, jasmine, or basmati rice. Serves 12 2 ⁄ cups long-grain rice, rinsed 9 cups whole milk, divided 1 large cinnamon stick, broken in two ⁄ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 (2-inch) strips lemon peel, pith removed 3 (2-inch) strips orange peel, pith […] More

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    CRÈME CARAMEL

    Serve these individual creamy desserts with Greek coffee. You’ll be working with hot sugar, so be very careful when making the caramel for this dish. Serves 12 5 cups whole milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 8 large egg yolks 4 large eggs 2 cups sugar, divided ⁄ cup water Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat […] More

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    GREEK MESS

    If you can’t find Greek almond cookies, use the classic Italian amaretti. Mastiha can be found at Greek or Middle Eastern grocery stores. Serves 10 2 cups whipping cream 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided 1 teaspoon ground mastiha 2 pints raspberries or other seasonal berry, divided 12 Greek almond cookies, crumbled, divided ⁄ cup chopped […] More

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    GRILLED SALMON WITH LEMON AND LIME

    With a clean grill top and a little patience, anyone can grill fish without it sticking. Serve this salmon with Tzatziki (see recipe in Chapter 2). Serves 4 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skins on ⁄ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 ⁄ teaspoons grated lime zest 1 ⁄ teaspoons salt ⁄ […] More

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    BIANCO FROM CORFU

    This dish comes from the Ionian island of Corfu. Although the island is Greek, its dishes have an Italian flair. Serves 4 ⁄ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 large onions, peeled and sliced 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1 cup chopped celery 1 ⁄ teaspoons salt, divided […] More

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    CHEESE PIES IN YOGURT PASTRY

    CHEESE PIES IN YOGURT PASTRY These crescent-shaped pies are ideal for family members who are rushed in the morning. They can grab a couple of pies and eat on the go! Serves 10 2 large eggs, divided ⁄ cup extra-virgin olive oil ⁄ cup plain yogurt 1 teaspoon salt 3 ⁄ cups self-rising flour, sifted […] More

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    STRAPATSATHA

    Strapatsatha is a dish brought to Greece by the Sephardic Jews from Spain. It’s a loose omelet of tomatoes and feta. There are many variations of this classic dish. Serves 4 ⁄ cup extra-virgin olive oil ⁄ cup sliced chorizo sausage 4 large ripe tomatoes and passed through a box grater ⁄ cup diced sweet […] More

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    HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT

    Greeks have been making and consuming yogurt for thousands of years. Ignore all the yogurts in the grocery store and make your own. Makes 16 cups 16 cups whole milk/cup plain full-fat yogurt (containing active live cultures) Preheat the oven to 200°F. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the milk and bring it […] More

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    FIG JAM

    If you’re lucky enough to find ripe figs, try this easy recipe and make some delicious fig jam. Preserving this summer fruit makes the cold months bearable. Makes 6 cups 65–70 medium ripe figs, stems removed and halved 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup of water 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 5 fresh basil leaves 1 […] More

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    TIGANITES

    Tiganites is the Greek equivalent of pancakes. Instead of maple syrup, drizzle with honey or petimezi, a grape molasses found in Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern shops. Serves 4 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ⁄ teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 2 cups whole milk ⁄ cup vegetable oil 4 […] More

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