Monday, 2 May 2011

Food You Can Eat While In Rhodes

Greek food has the typical characters of the cuisine from Italy, Turkey, Balkan states, and Bilad ash-Sham (or Levantine), with its dominant use of cheese, yoghurt, olive, zucchini and eggplant, as well as honey, nuts, and phyllo pastry. Cooking traditional Greek dishes usually take longer than any cuisines which are the secret key of their mouthwatering flavor, such as Spanakopita, Moussakas, and Bakaliaros. Their original ingredients are only found in Mediterranean countries though some have been exported to international markets. Due to this, if you want to find the best traditional Greek food, you should come there to enjoy its original taste.
The Greek dishes for appetizer usually consist of feta cheese, olive, and yoghurt. The most popular Greek appetizers are Kotosoupa Avgolemono (a sauce made of egg and lemon), feta cheese slice, zucchini strips, dakos (Greek bruschetta), tapenade (a mixture of kalamata/green olive, grated garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil), saganaki (fried dredged-Greek cheese), tzatziki (a mixture of cucumber, yoghurt, and minced garlic), and boiled shrimp dip in latholemono sauce.
For the main dishes, Greek food has various dishes such as Pasticcio (a mixture of baked pasta and meat), Moussakas (eggplant slices cooked in meat sauce and cheese), Arni me Patates (roasted lamb’s leg and potatoes), Souvlaki (skewered kebabs or satay), Spanakopita (spinach pie), and many more.
Greek side-dishes are also famous for their unique taste, such as Lahanika Yemista (assorted of veggies such as tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, and peppers), Fassolakia Freska (casserole mixed of green beans, tomatoes, and assorted herbs), Bakaliaros me Skorthalia (salt cod), Gyro (meat slices roasted in rotisserie grill), and Horta Vrasta (boiled greens such as spinach or dandelions).
The last is the dessert. There are lots of popular Greek desserts that will compliment the whole courses, for instance Baklavas (baked phyllo mixed with nuts), Galaktoboureko (baked phyllo with egg custard and milk), Melomakarona (cookies made of honey, walnuts, cinnamon, and sesame seeds), Halvas (pudding made of honey, raisins and nuts), and Tsoureki (sweet egg-bread).
Meats used in Greek food are usually including lamb, pork, chickens, turkeys, rabbit and duck. Most fishes are imported nowadays due to the puny fisheries in Mediterranean Sea, yet seafood is dominant in many dishes. Grilling, frying by using olive oil and baking are the most common cooking methods for those Greek foods. Although some of the dishes need a very long time to cook and use a lot of cooking tools, the taste will pay off.

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