One of the reasons why we consider one of the best countries in the world is… yes, іts fооd. Dоn’t mіss the chance tо spend few evenіng іn a lоcal tavern оbservіng the fascіnatіng vіews and enjоyіng the mоst delіcіоus Greek fооd whіch іs famоus all arоund the wоrld by іts sіmplіcіty and at the same tіme - unbelіevable flavоurs and a very specіal taste! The owners of tavernas and restaurants will surprise you by their warm welcoming and hospitality, so it will be your best and most delicious eating experience ever! We recommend you to taste as much as possible of it, but for the beginning (to make your life easier), we have selected for you TOP 5 foods you have to eat in Greece
1. Greek Salad
Let's start from the classic one. Probably, this is the most famous Greek dish in the world. It is simple, delicious, light, easy to prepare and especially good during hot summer days. There may be some variations in its ingredients, bit in fact, the classic Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives (usually Kalamata olives), typically seasoned with salt and oregano, and dressed with olive oil. Common additions include green bell pepper slices or berries of capers.
2. Feta Cheese
Did you know that Feta is one of the world’s oldest cheeses in the world? It is believed that the sheep's milk cheese that Polyphemus the Cyclops made in his caves in Homer's "Odyssey" was most likely an early form of feta cheese. Nowadays it is served with olive oil or olives and sprinkled with aromatic herbs such as oregano. It can also be served cooked or grilled. And of course, this is an essential ingredient of the Greek salad. Even though you can buy it in any grocery in the world, this is a MUST food that you have to try, if you travel to Greece! Why? Simply because it will never ever taste anywhere better than here!
Tzatziki is one more Greek dish that is as simple as it only can be, and as delicious as you can only imagine! Basically, this is a sauce that is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes lemon juice, and dill, mint, or parsley. Tzatziki is usually served with grilled meats or as a dip. This is love from the first taste!
Greeks are masters in grilling meat! Souvlaki is actually a famous Greek fast food made of small pieces of grilled meat, sometimes also with vegetables. It is usually served in a pita sandwich with garnishes and sauces, or on a dinner plate, often with fried potatoes. The most common meat for traditional souvlaki is pork, can be also chicken or lamb. For tourists, souvlaki sometimes can be also prepared from beef and even fish. In Greece, you can order it at any restaurant and even at any street, since this is popular fast food. Moreover, this dish is very old and that's why historically important for Greeks. Archaeologists found stone sets for barbecue from the 17th century BC! so you just don't have the right not to taste it!
Let's finish our virtual food trip to Greece with some dessert! Meet loukoumades, sweet pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These sweets have very old antique origin and are also an important traditional part of Greek cuisine. Till nowadays, this is a beloved dessert of Greek people and a popular one among tourists.
Most probably, even watching these pictures and reading this article, this mouth-watering foods made you wanna go to Greece right now! Be patient and wait till your next trip, but when you come to this wonderful country, forget about diets and calories and absolutely enjoy its divine food!