One of the greatest parts of traveling is getting to experience the wonderful delights of unique food and delicacies. I’ve encountered so many different kinds of cuisines that it’s hard to choose a favorite, but one country that I didn’t expect to have food I would fall head over heels in love with is Greece. Here are some of my favorites!
This incredible baked dish is a rich blend of layers of delicious sweet sautéed eggplant, potatoes, and minced meat, which are then topped off with fried pureed tomatoes, a creamy béchamel sauce, and slathers of cheese. With some spices, onion, and garlic thrown into a mix, this mouthwatering meal is a must-try!
This kind of skewered meat is a guilty pleasure of mine! It is usually made from pork – sometimes chicken – that has been grilled and seasoned. This meat is then served with a sauce called “tazatziki,” which is mint, yogurt, and cucumber blend. Most places serve souvlaki in pita bread with onion, tomatoes, and even chips, but there are some that serve the meat with salad or rice.
Dolmades, or dolmadakia, are little rice parcels that are wrapped with grapevine leaves. Different parts of Greece make them in different ways, but usually, they are simply filled with a lemony rice, fennel, some onions, and maybe some pine nuts or mint, and then steamed. Some places offer them with vegetables, eggs, or meat, and they’re usually served as appetizers, finger food, or accompaniment.
Often spelled “taramasalata,” this delicacy is not one I expected that I’d like. Some people call it a salad, but it’s actually a dip that involves blended white or pink fish roe, dry bread, onion, olive oil, potatoes, and lemon, which are mixed, beaten, and blended until they form a wonderfully creamy dish. I don’t always like fish, but this tastes amazing and is worth a try! It’s usually consumed during periods of fasting due to its lack of dairy and poultry.
If you’re looking through this list for something to satiate a sweet tooth, loukoumades are your best bet. They’re pretty much the Greek equivalent of donut balls! These delicious, golden bits of fried dough are satisfyingly fluffy, drenched in honey syrup, and topped with sprinkles of cinnamon and occasionally, walnuts. They’re a favorite among kids, but plenty of adults crave this sinful delight too!
If you’re ever traveling to this incredible country, you absolutely cannot leave before you’ve tried these delicious dishes! The mix of fascinating culture, rich history, lovely people, and scrumptious food always puts Greece on my travel list.