The vibrant nation of Greece is famous for its richly varied cuisine and no trip to this fascinating country would be complete without taking the time to sample a range of local delicacies. Last minute holidays offer great last minute bargains for those who want to enjoy a grand vacation without ruining their budget. Here is a selection of the types of food that are just waiting to be enjoyed in Greece.
Greek salad is one of the most famous dishes from Greece and features a mixture of cucumber, tomatoes, onion, feta cheese and olives. It is known as country salad in Greece and can be eaten as a main meal or an appetiser before a main course.Moussaka is another popular local dish and features minced meat, eggplant and tomato baked in the oven, while pastitsio is a local variation of lasagne.
People who enjoy stew are sure to love stifado, which features meat, onion, cinnamon and wine, while people who head to the Mount Pelion region of Greece will be able to enjoy spetzofai, which features braised sausage, pepper and tomatoes.
People who are hanging out in one of Greece’s seaside resorts or on one of the many enchanting islands will be able to sample a large number of fresh seafood dishes. Grilled octopus comes served with plenty of fresh lemon and a special dipping sauce, while the dish known as achinosalata features sea urchin eggs cooked in olive oil and lemon. For a local twist, try Greek salad topped with fresh squid, while whole grilled fish served with fried potatoes and salad makes a great dish for couples and families to share in the evening.
Local bakeries are the best places to eat breakfast, as they offer a large number of freshly baked local treats. In addition to freshly baked bread, these bakeries offer a wide range of other treats such as tiropita, which is a type of cheese pie, while vegetarians are sure to love the spinach pie known as spanakopita. Lovers of crusty bread can opt for horiatiko psomi, which is delicious with feta cheese and olives. Many bakeries also serve traditional Greek coffee, which is strong and hot and sure to put a spring in your step.
People who have a sweet tooth are sure to love baklava, which features thin layers of pastry filled with honey and nuts, while local yoghurt with honey is rich and creamy and can be eaten with fruit such as dates. Bougatsa is a type of pie filled with custard that can be found in most bakeries. This is the perfect treat to end a meal with while sitting in a local park or on the beach.
This is just a small selection of the treats that Greece has to offer. while eating out can be costly, people who are on a tight budget can still enjoy a large number of traditional meals and snacks. Look for food carts on the streets, where you can buy cheap meals and snacks for just a couple of Euros. Among the tasty treats that these carts serve are gyros, which are roast chicken or pork on a stick and pita bread stuffed with barbecued meat and vegetables. Many food carts also serve fried potatoes, which are often known as chips and come served with a delicious tzatziki dip.