Food

19 July 2021

One of the hot debates between two neighboring countries Greece and Turkey, throughout history, is about food. In this regard, there is competition between the two countries in many flavors. One of the reasons for this situation is undoubtedly that the culinary cultures of the two close countries are similar. In fact, Greek cuisine is not inferior to Turkish cuisine in many aspects. Especially delicious Greek appetizers are worth trying. Now, we will take a closer look at the delicious appetizers of Greece.

Bakaliaros: The term bakaliaros, meaning codfish, is used by the Greeks for golden-yellow crispy cod fritters. The pastries are often served as an appetizer with a garlic sauce. Although eaten year-round, cod fritters are often associated with a celebration commemorating the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and the War of Independence, celebrated on March 25 each year.

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Saganaki: It is a trendy Greek appetizer made by wrapping various vegetables, meat, or seafood such as shrimp or mussels in cheese and stir-frying. It is pan-fried until it forms its distinctive golden crust and served in a pan called sagani, a small two-handled pan in which it is fried. In the past, the word saganaki was used to describe the seasoning of local cheese by Greek villagers who pan-fry different types of cheese, such as feta, cheddar, or manouri. There are different uses of cheese among the regional variations of the dish. Generally, Gruyère, Kefalograviera, cheddar, kefalotyri, and white cheese from sheep’s milk are used.

Keftedakia: A delicious, fluffy, and tender appetizer, Keftedakia are Greek meatballs made from a combination of pork or beef, eggs, stale bread, or breadcrumbs, and spices such as dill, pepper, parsley, and thyme. The mixture is formed into small balls and then fried in olive oil. Greeks choose Keftedakia meatballs as an appetizer to accompany picnics, where they have a delightful time. These delicious meatballs, one of the famous Greek appetizers, can also be served as a main course. It is recommended to squeeze some butter and lemon juice over the meatballs for extra flavor.

Apáki: Apáki is a Cretan delicacy prepared with smoked pork ham using a combination of various herbs such as marjoram, thyme, or sage. This preparation method is believed to come from the Byzantine era, when people used it to preserve meat for more extended periods. Although sliced into thin strips and often consumed as an appetizer, apáki can also be easily added to omelets or salads. It can also be cooked in a short time and eaten with rice and pasta.

 

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Taramassalata: Thisis a Greek appetizer that usually consists of mashed potatoes or bread (or sometimes breadcrumbs) with lemon juice, olive oil, and fish roe from cod, carp, or mullet. In Greece, taramasalata is traditionally consumed on Clean Monday, the first day of Lent. Also found in Turkish restaurants in Greece, taramasalata is another delicious Greek appetizer.