10 Easy Greek Recipes for Beginners

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    Get Started With Greek Cuisine

    Greek just might be one of the most enjoyable types of food to cook. It is filled with flavor, uses great ingredients, and most of the recipes are surprisingly easy. Some of the easiest recipes are also the best, which is great news for any cook who wants to dabble in Greek cuisine.

    We're going to take a look at a few of the easiest and most iconic Greek foods you can make. From delicious butter cookies to spinach pie, and favorite main dishes with lamb and pork, there's a recipe or two...MORE in here for any occasion and taste. Have fun and get cooking!

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    Koulourakia: Greek Butter Cookies

    Traditionally an Easter cookie, Koulourakia are fabulous little treats year-round. These butter cookies are semi-sweet and have the gentle flavor of butter and vanilla and they're twisted up into fun shapes. It's an enjoyable recipe and they harden after baking, so they're great with coffee or milk.

    Koulourakia recipe

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    Spanakopita: The Famous Spinach Pie

    If there is a single dish that will get you hooked on Greek cuisine, it is Spanakopita. This spinach pie uses layers phyllo and a feta-spinach mix to create a delicious snack or light main dish. It's fantastic and surprisingly easy to make. You will definitely want to share it and it's perfect for parties and dinners.

    Spanakopita recipe

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    Saganaki: Pan-Seared Greek Cheese

    Fried cheese, how can you resist that? Saganaki is a truly tasty little appetizer and it's so easy that you'll want to make it over and over again. To make this Greek favorite, you simply need a firm cheese, a few lemons, flour, and, of course, olive oil.

    Saganaki recipe

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    Tzatziki: The Versatile Sauce

    The single most important condiment in Greek cuisine is Tzatziki. Anyone can learn how to make it from scratch and it can be used as a simple dip for pita bread, used with souvlaki or in gyros. It's fabulous and versatile, so adding this to your list of Greek essentials is a good move.

    Tzatziki recipe

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    Arni me Fassolakia: Lamb Stew with Green Beans

    Lamb is a popular meat in Greek cuisine and one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a hearty stew. The only real work that goes into this dish is to prep the ingredients, but once that's done it's a breeze.

    If you'd like to speed up the cooking time, turn to your pressure cooker. It's a little trick Greek cooks use all the time.

    Arni me Fassolakia recipe

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    Piperies me Tyri: Spicy Stuffed Peppers

    Greeks like to stuff things and, admittedly, the favorite stuffed grape leaves take a lot of time. If you just have to stuff something, try this spicy pepper recipe. It's fun, it's certainly not lacking any flavor, and it works as a meze or appetizer.

    Piperies me Tyri recipe

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    Souvlaki: A Quick Pork Griller for Pita

    One of the quickest ways to enjoy pork Greek-style is as Souvlaki, which means 'little skewers.' You can use chicken or lamb as well, but this recipe relies on pork shoulder.

    The marinade is simple, just leave a few hours for it to work its magic. Once your Souvlaki is off the grill, enjoy it on its own or toss it into a pita with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki for an easy sandwich.

    Souvlaki recipe

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    Melitzanes me Feta: Baked Eggplant with Feta

    You will often find eggplant in Greek recipes and quite often it's baked. This recipe is one of the easiest and a perfect use for eggplants straight out of the garden. It adds feta, basil, garlic, and tomatoes -- essentially everything that's great about Greek food, including the olive oil.

    Melitzanes me Feta recipe

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    Kotopoulo Skorthato: Lemon Garlic Chicken

    Lemon and garlic are very common ingredients in the Greek food scene. Use those on a meat like chicken and an impressive main dish is ready for roasting. It even includes potatoes!

    This is a slow-roasted recipe and will need about 1 1/2 hours in the oven, but the actual preparation could not be easier. This is a great homecooked meal you can pull off on even the busiest of nights.

    Kotopoulo Skorthato recipe

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    Youvetsi: Beef Stew With Orzo

    We often use the word 'hearty' when talking about stews, but Youvetsi is one of the heartiest of them all. You can use either beef or lamb and it's actually recommended to use cheap cuts so it's ideal for budget-conscious families.

    The stew itself has a tomato base and tiny orzo pasta takes up a lot of the juice. It's baked, too, so once you get the prep done, it cooks itself.

    Youvetsi recipe