GREECE ON A PLATE: TRADITIONAL DELICACIES WITH A TWIST
The Greeks love their food. They love to eat and feed others. Greece is a place where you are guaranteed never to go hungry. From flakey spinach pies filled with goat cheese to fresh grilled octopus drizzled with lemon and olive oil, Greek food never fails to impress. Beyond island hopping, Greece is probably most famous for its remarkably delicious cuisine.
The Greek gastronomic identity is rich and deeply rooted in time. In every Greek recipe, the combination of fresh ingredients and culinary techniques is a very interesting gastronomic journey into the history of Greece. Some of the foods you should definitely try when you come to Greece, in order to get the authentic Greek experience is Horiatiki salad with feta cheese, freshly chopped red onion, and capers, sprinkled with oregano, olive oil, and accompanied by grilled bread, mousaka with its layers of potato and eggplant at the bottom, cooked minced meat in the middle, and béchamel cream on top and of course Souvláki or gyros with tzatziki, the ultimate Greek street food.
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Souvlaki is either a skewer with cubes of pork or chicken, or served wrapped on pita bread with gyros, tomato, and tzatziki. Over the past couple of decades, a new wave of chefs has sprung up, committed to recreating the traditional Greek cuisine they were brought up on but with new combinations and techniques. For examples, now we have the rare Cretan skolymbous, a wild green that costs more than fillet mignon, sweet potatoes from Trikala, chestnuts from Volos, farmed black pork and mountain goat from Crete.
As far as concerning the traditional recipes with a twist some chefs they suggest mousaka, with its typical ingredients such as peppers and eggplant, but instead of meat, they add lentil beans, or they prepare a cauliflower béchamel. Others they have replace the famous tzatziki to a lighter avocado sauce, while the extreme ones do not hesitate to combine the grilled fish or the seafood pastas with Asian-infused specialities like satay sauce. The old, with its historic value, blended with new ideas, offers fresh tastes that delights everyone.