Category Archives: Recipes



Tzatziki, pronounced sat-ZEE-key (or in Greece cha-CHI-key), is a yogurt-based cucumber sauce traditionally made with strained salted sheep or goat milk yogurt and combined with cucumbers, garlic, and herbs. This recipe includes store-bought yogurt and vinegar, which could result in quite a tangy sauce; by cutting the yogurt in half, however, and adding sour cream, the […]

Saganaki: Pan-Seared Greek Cheese


Considering how delicious it is, saganaki is a surprisingly simple Greek recipe, at least in its basic form. There are many variations out there, but the simple cheese version is immensely popular. Saganaki is written as σαγανάκι in Greek and pronounced sah-ghah-NAH-kee. The recipe takes its name from the pan in which it’s made: the sagani, a two-handled pan made of […]

Pagoto Kaimaki: Orchid Ice Cream with Gum Mastic


In Greek: Pagoto Kaimaki, pronounced pah-ghoh-TOH kah-ee-MAH-kee (παγωτό καϊμάκι) This fabulous, creamy ice cream calls for gum mastic, that gives it an almost chewy texture, and salep, used as a thickening agent. Both give the ice cream a unique taste. Golden gum mastic from Chios (mastiha) may be available through Greek grocers, and salep (salepi, […]

Classic Greek Eggplant Moussaka


Greek moussaka is a casserole made by layering eggplant and potatoes with a spiced meat filling and then topping it off with a creamy egg-enriched béchamel sauce (white sauce) that is baked to golden perfection. It is perhaps the most widely recognized of all Greek dishes and was made famous by the legendary Greek chef Nicholas Tselementes. This […]