One of the Worlds Oldest Known Cuisines
Greece is a Mediterranean Cuisine with strong ties to Middle Eastern Cuisine; Hundreds of islands and vast coastlines; no land in Greece is more than 85 miles from a sea coast.
Common Ingredients include a wide variety of seafood, lamb, eggplant, olives and olive oil, mint, honey, yogurt, spinach, garlic, saffron, pine nuts, rice, figs and dates, tahini, and ouzo.
Cuisine includes a multitude of small dishes called Mezze; similar in style and use to Spanish Tapas. These include small portions of composed salads, marinated meats, sliced cheeses, cured olives, and pita bread with various garnishes.
Fried Dough with Honey and Nuts
Other Common Dishes:
Gyros: rotisserie cooked lamb, thinly sliced, served with pita and tsatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce)
Moussaka: layers of ground lamb, fried eggplant and bechamel sauce (lasagne style)
Dolmas: filling enclosed in an edible wrapper: fillings include ground lamb and pine nuts, rice and mint. Wrappers are commonly preserved grape leaves or cabbage
Spanikopita: spinach and feta cheese wrapped and baked in phyllo dough
Baklava: layered nut pastry - phyllo, lemon syrup, nuts