Traditional Greek food is often considered some of the freshest, most delicious summery foods in the world. From fresh feta cheese to bright tomatoes to citrusy grilled fish, Greek food is the epitome of light and healthy food. However, Greece also has a plethora of amazing autumn and winter foods that don’t get nearly as much attention. Here are three amazing Greek dishes that will warm you up this winter.
1. Potato and Kalamata Olive Stew
Olives are a well-known staple of Mediterranean fair, but they are often eaten on their own, soaking in brine or olive oil. In this dish, however, they supplement the richness of the other ingredients as a sort of complementary flavor.
For this hearty stew, starchy red potatoes are simmered together with the tangy kalamata olives and tomatoes for a few hours until the ingredients have softened and combined with one another. The acidity of the olives and tomatoes bring out the heaviness of the potatoes. To finish the dish off, it is seasoned with oregano, a Greek seasoning staple. If desired, chunks of feta cheese can be melted into the stew for an added salty punch.
2. Chard and Spinach Pie
Hearty greens like dandelion, chervil, and cabbage are perfectly earthy flavors to add to a rich autumn dish for added warmth and coziness. This particular dish focuses on the more widely available greens of Swiss chard and spinach, the combination of which results in a flavorful melt-in-your-mouth filling for this pie.
When making this recipe, opt for a 9-inch springform pan to create one large pie instead of individual- sized miniature versions. This will result in more filling for the single crust, which is typically made from the famously buttery and flaky phyllo dough. A large measure of feta cheese gives the pie a bright kick of flavor and holds the filling together.
No autumn meal would be complete without a rich, warm dessert. Greece’s answer to cheesecake, melopita is a lightly sweet, creamy cake that resembles a rich custard. It is made of mizithra cheese and eggs and sweetened with natural honey. Because the bulk of the flavor of this cake comes from the honey, it’s best to choose one with a flavor profile that is strong and rich. If you can find it, blueberry honey, rosemary honey, and snowberry honey are all great options. Avoid overly floral honey unless this is your preference.
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