Great Greek Recipes for the Thanksgiving Table

Tired of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes but not willing to give up the turkey for good? Bring a taste of Greece to your table with one or more of these fabulous ​Greek dishes. Something unexpected adds a little excitement to your holiday and might even start a new tradition.  

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    Tzatziki: Cucumber Yogurt Dip
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    Tzatziki goes with almost everything and makes a wonderful starter (serve with a selection of fresh veggies) as the finishing touches are being put on the table. The creamy combination of yogurt, cucumber, and garlic makes tzatziki a refreshing appetizer that can be eaten alone, with bread, or as an accompaniment to vegetables, meat dishes, and pita wraps. It is one of the dips for which Greece is most well-known.

    (Note: If you've got a big crowd coming, consider making the Tzatziki with...MORE Carrots. The carrots add almost no taste, but create a larger dish that serves more.)

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    Plated veggie pastry on white plate
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    Add another green vegetable to the table in a unique way with a Greek spinach and cheese pie! Pull out all the stops with this version for a fabulous result.

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    Feta Cheese Slices
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    It takes almost no time to get slices of Greek feta cheese on the table, and the salty tart taste goes wonderfully well with just about anything.

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    Melomakarona cookies
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    Melomakarona (also called "Phoenikia") is one of the most famous cookies in Greece. They are a favorite throughout the year, a Christmas tradition, and for Americans like me who celebrate Thanksgiving far from home, they are a delicious addition to the holiday dessert table. The recipe calls for cinnamon and cloves, and while they're baking, the house just fills with wonderful smells.

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    Kourabiethes Greek Shortbread Cookies
    Kourabiethes - Greek Shortbread Cookies with Confectioner's Sugar and Almonds. Lynn Livanos Athan

    The ultimate Greek celebration cookie, Kourabiethes are shortbread-type cookies packed with chunks of almonds and covered with a very liberal coating of confectioner's sugar. Make plenty and send your guests home with a few!