Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)

Filed under: Beef

Are you head-over-heels in love with meatballs? No? I was never a big meatball fan either. But then Mama made greek meatballs, and I found myself in an alternate meatball universe. These weren’t meatballs so much …

How To Skim Soups and Stocks (Xafrisma tis soupas)

Filed under: How-To,Soups

Skimming soups and stocks is recommended to keep the liquid clear. But what’s this all about?

As soups and stocks simmer, proteins congeal and form a foam that rises to the surface. It’s gray and unattractive, and …

Scalloped Potatoes (Patates au Gratin)

Filed under: Potatoes,Vegetarian

Gratineed potatoes are a very common side dish in Greece, as they are here. Nobody really thinks of them as “French,” even if they use the French word “Gratin.” But of course they are French, and I use …

Baked Lima Beans- deluxe version ( Yigantes Yiahni )

Filed under: Legumes,Vegan,Vegetarian

This is a really tasty way to cook beans. Don’t worry about using exact amounts, the beans will be good no matter what!

Boil 1 pound of large dry lima beans till soft and ready to eat. Small dry …

Mama’s Chicken Soup

Filed under: Chicken,Soups

Rinse 1 whole chicken and put it in a large soup pot. Cover with water, add a bit of salt and bring to a simmer.

While chicken is simmering:
Skim frequently.
Peel 1 onion.
Peel 2 carrots and halve both lengthwise and crosswise.
Halve …

Okra (Bamyes)

Filed under: Vegan,Vegetarian

Wash and cut the tops off 2 lb okra. If the okra is old, cut off the tips, too.
Sprinkle with salt and put on a tray in the sun for an hour or two.
Saute in 1/4 inch olive oil.
Remove okra …

Meatballs with Potatoes and Tomato Sauce (Soutzoukakia meh Patates kai Saltsa Domata)

Filed under: Beef,Potatoes

(this recipe is under construction)

Make a batch of meat for keftedes but shape it into torpedoes.

Cut up potatoes and bake with garlic, butter, lemon and a little water, salt and pepper, at 400° turning down to 375° if they get …

Swiss Chard (Seskla)

Filed under: Greens,Vegan,Vegetarian

Cut up white swiss chard, including stems.
Boil in salted water, then drain.
Saute garlic in olive oil, then put in some cut-up tomatoes.
Cook for 10 minutes then add chard and black pepper.

Roasted Potatoes (Patates Psites)

Filed under: Potatoes,Vegan,Vegetarian

Cut 4 yukon gold potatoes into eighths and put in a baking pan.
Add 1 greek coffee cup lemon juice (~1/4 cup)
Add 1 greek coffee cup olive oil (~1/4 cup)
Salt and pepper by eye
Put 3 TB butter on top

Bake at 350* …

Cracked Wheat in Tomato Sauce (Trahana)

Filed under: Rice/Grains,Vegetarian

Trahana is cracked wheat which has been soaked in milk and then dried in the sun on your rooftop. There are two types of trahana: sweet, and sour. Sour milk is used for the sour trahana. As Mamá is from …

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