The Greeks or Hellenes (; Greek: Έλληνες, Éllines [ˈelines]) are an ethnic group native to Greece, Cyprus, southern Albania, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and, to a lesser extent, other countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. They also form a significant diaspora, with Greek communities established around the world.Greek colonies and communities have been historically established on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea, but the Greek people have always been centered on the Aegean and Ionian seas, where the Greek language has been spoken since the Bronze Age. Until the early 20th century, Greeks were distributed between the Greek peninsula, the western coast of Asia Minor, the Black Sea coast, Cappadocia in central Anatolia, Egypt, the Balkans, Cyprus, and Constantinople. Many of these regions coincided to a large extent with the borders of the Byzantine Empire of the late 11th century and the Eastern Mediterranean areas of ancient Greek colonization. The cultural centers of the Greeks have included Athens, Thessalonica, Alexandria, Smyrna, and Constantinople at various periods.
In recent times, most ethnic Greeks live within the borders of the modern Greek state and Cyprus. The Greek genocide and population exchange between Greece and Turkey nearly ended the three millennia-old Greek presence in Asia Minor. Other longstanding Greek populations can be found from southern Italy to the Caucasus and southern Russia and Ukraine and in the Greek diaspora communities in a number of other countries. Today, most Greeks are officially registered as members of the Greek Orthodox Church.Throughout history, Greeks have greatly influenced and contributed to culture, visual arts, exploration, theatre, literature, philosophy, politics, architecture, music, mathematics, medicine, science, technology, commerce, cuisine and sports.

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  1. R

    Full fat greek yoghurt

    Hi chaps, I have a recipe Full Fat Greek Yoghurt, looking throught the shelf at the supermarket they are labelled 2% fat, low fat, zero fat but none were “full” fat … any advice welcome.
  2. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Lemony Greek Rice Pilaf with Chicken Legs

    This one comes via My Greek Dish You can also use other cuts of skin-on chicken. Or, combine them. Labne is a Middle Eastern dairy product akin to yogurt, except made from milk kefir. It is somewhat more sour than yogurt. Prep Time: 15 minutes. Cook Time: 40 minutes. Rest Time: A...
  3. Fenia Fotiou

    Recipe Traditional Moussaka recipe from a Greek Chef

    Moussaka is the most popular and probably the most delicious Greek dish! A hearty moussaka consists of deep-fried layers of potato and eggplant, a juicy and flavorful beef mince sauce, and a creamy bechamel. Recreate this legendary Greek dish at your home with this traditional moussaka recipe...
  4. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Greek-Style Puff Pastry Scallop Appetizers plus a Mini-Pie

    A couple important things – not to overcook the scallops OR to undercook the puff pastry. Striking the balance meant watching the oven often. There was more of a concern making the mini-pie than the mini-muffins – because in the latter case you do want to make sure that the scallops and...
  5. medtran49

    Recipe Gyro homemade!

    The original recipe came from "My Adventures in BBq'in and Grillin': Rotisserie Grilled Greek Gyros." The web site was gone the last time I looked. I have modified the recipe in spices and technique to fit our tastes. 2 lbs ground lamb or a mix of lamb and ground beef (which is what we did...
  6. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Squid with Olives and Tomato Sauce

    This recipe is my adaptation of Squid with Green Olive Tomato Sauce. I used fresh squid, albeit already cleaned by the fishmonger. Prep time: 5-10 minutes if the squid is already cleaned Cook time: 15-20 minutes Rest time: Not much Serves 2 hearty appetites Greek Squid with Olives and...
  7. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Revithosoupa: Greek Chickpea Soup, Vegetarian

    It really tastes a LOT better than the ingredients sound, because this all plays well together. (I mean, it "seems" bland, but really is not.) Soup’s On! I made mild adaptations to the following recipe (namely, the addition of celery, and the halving of the recipe. I also omitted the bay...
  8. TastyReuben

    Recipe Green Salad With Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette

    GREEN SALAD WITH GREEK YOGURT VINAIGRETTE Makes 8-10 servings Salad Ingredients 2 romaine lettuce hearts, stemmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 iceberg lettuce head, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces 3 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 pint fresh...
  9. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Greek Grilled Lamb Heart with Crispy and Shaved Fennel Salad

    The Greek name for this salad is: Kardia Arniou Stin Schara Kai Marathosalata. A little too long to put in the title. Recipe source: Michael Psilaktis's book, How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking. Page 146. 4 large lamb hearts...
  10. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Spinach Rice

    Spinach Rice: Greek Spanakorizo Recipe source: Michael Psilaktis's book, How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking. Page 167. 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice, well-rinsed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped...
  11. M

    Greek Feta Pull Apart Bread

    Hi all, this is my first post so apologies if I'm doing any Cooking Bites faux pas! Last weekend we hosted a dinner party and my wife asked me to bake something. She sent me a video of a Greek style pull apart beer bread with Feta so I tried my hand at it without the beer. This bread was easy...
  12. Herbie

    Recipe Octopus and prawn Greek salad

    I made this a while ago but came across the photo. Must make it again as it was delicious. My recipe was not precise For the Octopus: 1 octopus bay leaf splash apple cider vinegar three garlic cloves. Olive oil For the salad: 1 red onion 1/3 cucumber red pepper yellow pepper handful of black...
  13. CraigC

    Greek Cuisine

    What have you eaten, made and what are your thoughts?
  14. F

    Recipe Greek Mezze: Olive Studded Keftedes & Orange Dusted Flour

    A dear friend of many years who is an Extra Virgini Olive Oil producer of the gold award winning Bio Organic Evoo in Peloponnese, Evdominda, had given me this recipe a few years ago, and I have been re-organising my cookbooks via country and / or province / región to make my culinary projects...
  15. F

    Recipe Classic Greek Tzatziki with Dill & Mint

    Having had travelled extensively throughout the Aegean, Ionic and uncountable Greek Islands, I collected thousands of recipes literally and here is the true classic Tzatziki. Ingredients 3 cucumbers 500 g Greek Yogurt from Greece (available in Lidl ) drained of all liquids overnight. 3 cloves...
  16. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Greek Mushroom Stifatho

    This dish features mushrooms rather heavily. It also features a lot and I do mean a lot, of cinnamon so if you don't like either... It is best served over rice. Traditionally this would have been made with meat, onions, cinnamon and no tomatoes. Tomatoes has only recently arrived in this...
  17. F

    Recipe Greek Beef or Lamb Moussaka with Currants

    This Aubergine meat dish, a Greek Tavern staple, is known the world over as the Greek National Dish. In this lighter versión, I have served it with Greek Yogurt rather than Bechamel Sauce. I have chosen to use Ground Beef instead of Ground Lamb. I served it with some red beetroot .. The...
  18. B

    Recipe Basic Tzatziki sauce

    Buckytom's basic tzatziki sauce 500 ml, or 1 pint Greek-style yogurt, drained if necessary (start with more than a pint if it needs to drain) 3 to 7 cloves of garlic to taste, the more the better imo 1 medium cucumber 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil sea salt...
  19. Smokeydoke

    Recipe Greek Lemon Chicken with Spanakorizo

    This can be made in one-pot or the rice cooker. I love how the spinach, onion and chicken fat perk up the boring rice. Ingredients 4 chicken thighs 2 tblsp EVOO 2 tblsp lemon juice 2 tsp lemon zest salt and pepper 1/2 white onion, diced 1 tblsp garlic 1 tsp red chili flakes 1 1/2 cup long...
  20. Elawin

    Recipe Roast Lamb and potatoes in Garlic and Lemon Sauce (Arni Psito me Patates)

    Whole Leg or shoulder of lamb 2 large onions, sliced 6 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 tbsp chopped parsley 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tbsp butter 1 tsp grated lemon rind 2 tbsp oil 2 tbsp lemon juice Black pepper Oven temp.: Very hot (240 C; 475 F; Gas Mark 9) reducing to moderate...
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