Greek dishes have some of the most iconic flavors in the world that all food lovers must try. Whether you are dinning out or just eating at home, the fresh and healthy ingredients make this cuisine a guilt free and tasty choice. I heard a lot about Greece even when I was still living in the Philippines but I never really thought much about how amazing the food might be. Then my interest in Greek cooking really blossomed when my family visited a Mediterranean Café a couple of years ago. Since then, my husband and I have experimented with some dishes that have ended up delighting the whole family time after time.
This year Valentine’s Day fell on Ash Wednesday. My family and I celebrated by having “My Big Fat Greek Valentine’s Day” on February 13. It was our way of celebrating Fat Tuesday & Valentine’s Day together. Mostly because February 14 was Ash Wednesday this year and also because it gave us an excuse to cook some of our favorite dishes. On my last post I’ve shared my Greek inspired table set up (check it here).
A set up wouldn’t be complete without experiencing A Taste of Greece at our family table.
This is our taste of Greece!
Dolmathakia or Stuffed Grape leaves
When I went to Health Food Store, this dish intrigued me so much because they were wrapped in grape leaves. I never thought I could eat grape leaves. Ha! However, this appetizer surely is great to serve warm or cold. It is stuffed with brown rice, pine nuts and fresh herbs.
The day of our recent super bowl, my husband made this beautiful and flavorful hummus (check recipe here). Of course, we have included it on our table for our Big Fat Greek Valentine’s Day. Our home-made Hummus goes well with Pita bread or even just carrot sticks.
Greek Orzo Salad
For our side dish, I’ve prepared my family’s favorite Greek Orzo Salad. We’ve had our first Orzo salad when we bought a serving size of it at VONS and I remember, I told myself I want to copy this dish. Probably because I thought Orzo was rice at first (ha!) but it is actually a pasta. So, I’ve made it a lot of times since then and it’s one of my family’s favorite salads.
This Grecian delight is packed with refreshments like cucumber, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onions and tangy dressing. Orzo Salad is a perfect compliment for your main dish.
Lamb Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Our Greek Night wouldn’t be possible without my husband who barbequed the lamb. Despite of him having a broken leg, he still managed to grill some lamb souvlaki with tzatziki sauce.
For at least 2 hours, he marinated the lamb with olive oil, lemon and some spice rub.
Tzatziki sauce is a perfect match for our lamb souvlaki. A zesty dip filled with cucumber, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and dill.
My first year in California, my mother in law introduced me this delicious baklava. And this has become a favorite Greek Dessert for the family. This sweet honey-kissed pastry is heaven for nut lovers. For our Greek night, we found this dessert at a Med Café in our city and so we bought it. One of my goals for this year is to make Baklava.
I hope you had an amazing Valentine’s day. My husband and I went to church for Ash Wednesday. But, our Big Fat Greek Valentine’s Day the night before was fun filled with all the love from our families. It may not be the romantic dinner it usually is, but we surely felt the love…
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.
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