Ground Meat

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 15th, 2007

The word soutzoukakia derives from the Turkish soujouk, which is a dry, spicy, sausage and the Greek suffix -akia, meaning «small». The fact that it derives from the Turkish word does not mean, of course, that this is Turkish, as in Wikipedia we often see various things named as Turkish, when in fact they are […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 11th, 2007

Dolmades are vine leaves stuffed with ground meat and rice.  There are a few different kind of dolmades depending on the region.  The most common in Greece is that with the Avgolemono (egg-lemon) sauce.  In other regions, including Cyprus, they make add tomato and cinnamon.   During Lent we make them vegan, only with rice and […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 11th, 2007

Koupepia (as we call them in Cyprus) are dolmades stuffed with rice, ground pork or beef, fresh herbs and seasoning and tomato.   They can be served as part of a meze platter or salad plate, eaten as finger food or as a main dish. The difference from the Greek ones is that in Cyprus we […]

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Continue reading about Koupepia me ampelofylla ( Stuffed Vine Leaves)

Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 9th, 2007

Makaronia tou Fournou means pasta baked in the oven and is a common dish in Cyprus, often served as a main course, with a salad but in Cyprus it is an essential dish during all celebrations. It is similar to Greek pastitsio with a different flavour and of course lots of halloumi in it. Like […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

Kreatopita is a meat pie that can be eaten as a main course with a salad or as a snack.  It tastes great when it’s cold and is perfect to take with you at work or at a picnic. To make the homemade butter phyllo which is similar to puff pastry, see instructions here but […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

Homemade burgers are ideal for those who are on a diet provided the meat is lean and served with a salad.   All it needs is to squeeze some fresh lemon juice when they are still hot and  serve with a low-fat yoghurt sauce. There is a huge difference between homemade beefburgers, using good quality meat […]

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Continue reading about Mpiftekia (Beefburgers)

Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

Keftedes are meatballs and each family has its own recipe depending on which part of the country they come from.    All Greek meatballs are made with soaked bread, others soak it in water and others in milk.  Usually ground beef is added, garlic and oregano.  Some add spices such as allspice or cumin and in […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2007

Moussakas, is the most famous Greek dish which is layered with sautéed slices of potatoes and eggplants, with the meat sauce in the middle layer and topped with béchamel sauce and myzithra cheese.   The vegetables are fried in extra virgin olive oil and left in a colander or on kitchen paper to drain any […]

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