In Greek, appetizers are known as orektika (ορεκτικά) and pronounced oh-rek-tee-KAH). They can be hot or cold and are intended to whet the appetite for the meal to come. They differ from mezethes, which are small plates of food used to complement and enhance the taste of alcoholic beverages and be the backdrop for a social gathering.
From simple grilled foods and vegetable dishes to rich layered casseroles and delicate pastries, Greek food is a wonderful mix of dishes that appeal to all tastes. The traditions of healthy country cooking have been expanded over the centuries and, today, Greece is famous for a diverse range of family meals, holiday foods, and elaborate presentation dishes.
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Almost too quick and easy to be called a "recipe," dakos, often called Greek bruschetta, is a signature dish on the Greek island of Crete and is a favorite served with drinks, from beer to raki to wine. If you don't have rusks, try it with grilled bread.
Total prep/cook time: 5 minutes
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Use mild to hot peppers depending on your preference to add the right touch of heat to this hot pepper cheese dip. Scoop it up while still warm with pita chips, crusty bread, or vegetables.
Total prep/cook time: 15 minutesContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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Bull's horn peppers (long, light green, and mild) are stuffed with a mixture of feta cheese and finely chopped hot peppers, then roasted or grilled. This is a quick-and-easy spicy stuffed peppers with feta cheese recipe to make and a delicious appetizer or meze for holiday entertaining.
Total prep/cook time: 30 minutes
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Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes