Authentic Greek Food – Greece is known for its wonderful gastronomic experience that it offers. It’s recommended not to visit any of the touristy chains, and instead, find a little alley with an authentic Greek tavern that is run by a small family to try out their food.
Authentic Greek Food in Greece
1. FETA CHEESE wrapped in filo pastry with honey
On the day I arrived in Santorini I stopped at a seafront restaurant and ordered a few snacks. With a sea breeze and a view of the ocean, it felt so wonderful to be in Greece. As I bit into the crispy filo pastry encasing a light, refreshing feta, all drizzled with honey and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with sesame seeds, I knew my taste buds were going to be in for a real treat throughout my stay. This is, without doubt, one of my favourite dishes from the island.
Yellow split peas, fava, have been a staple of the Santorini diet for many centuries, and are used in a number of ways. The most common seemed to be mashed with a little olive oil, onion and lemon, served warm or cold as part of a selection of appetisers known as meze hummus. And mighty good it is too.
3. TOMATO KEFTEDES
The Islands of Santorini are famous for many things including their tiny tomatoes, which love the volcanic, porous soil, the salt laden breezes and strong sunshine. They are as delicious and aromatic as they are petite and they are used to make the island’s tomato fritters called tomato keftedes. During my visit, I became quite addicted to them, and even had a chance to make them myself. I’ll be sharing the recipe soon.
4.GREEK SALAD ( Horiatiki salata )
This is very similar to a traditional Greek salad. When it comes to the feta cheese, they are more than generous. A Greek salad is typically made of tomato, cucumber, onions, olives, capers, feta cheese, oregano, peppers olive oil. To turn this into a Santorini salad, you must use sweet cherry tomatoes and then simply add capers. The perfect lunch on a hot, sunny day.
One of the biggest culinary surprise that week was, without a doubt,the local yoghurt, We had it in a cafe called D’mello in Mykonos & it was so ridiculously amazing that I couldn’t quite believe that such a simple dish can be so very good.
6. ICED COFFEE
Greece is the place to remember when it comes to iced coffee. From Athens to Mykonos to Santorini , iced coffee had become an everyday craving. It’s creamy and the caffeine is strong, just the way it’s supposed to be.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, baklava is a favorite. This is another food that is offered at every corner in Greece. Every place we went had their own way of making baklava and it was either perfect or great. Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
This classic casserole features filo dough, feta, and spinach. And once you try it, you will never be able to get enough! Needless to say, this is the only way I would touch spinach! Ideal as an on-the-go snack, spanakopita fills you up for quite a long time.
Saganaki is fried cheese in Greece which is very simple to make,looks like a golden colour, smells like heaven and goes great with wine! This is a delicious appetizer to have!
Tzatziki is a famous sauce in Greece which is made of salted strained yogurt or diluted yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon.
11. GRILLED HALLOUMI
Halloumi is Cypriot semi-hard, unripened brined cheese; ideal for grilling and often goes on top of greens. No matter where else I have tried it, it has never tasted the same as in Greece!
Needless to say, the falafels in Greece tasted delicious with juicy tomatoes and its varied favour.
13. GREEK BEAN SOUP ( FASOLATTHA)
This is my go-to-dish during the cold season. Traditionally, the greek beans are soaked overnight and then boiled for half an hour. The base of beans are made with carrots, onions, celeries, olive oil, bay leaves, and oregano. After the beans are thrown in, a grated tomato goes on top and everything is boiled until done. The mixture is served with feta cheese and bread.
14. TRADITIONAL KOULOURI
You can find stands selling koulouri (rings of bread sprinkled with sesame seeds) all over Athens. Apart from the plain one you can taste a variety of flavours like cheese and olives. You can head to Takis bakery in Plaka. This bakery supplies most of the stands in Athens area. You should give it a try since it’s a very healthy and tasty snack.
For those who are waiting for the sweets, try these. These are Greek fried donut balls soaked in honey or syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Keep eating! Keep traveling! X