Greeks enrich their taste in two ways: the first is a variety of spices and herbs, the second is the addition of wine, which often arises as an important ingredient in these dishes, this array of flavors and aromas complements the vegetable richness that is an indispensable addition to these dishes.
When in Greece, however, it is worth abandoning your personal prejudices about food and be surprised by the different cuisine and combinations of flavors. A good example of such an unusual dish that may appear on our plate in Crete is Μοσχάρι Κοκκινιστό (moshari kokkinisto), i.e. beef stewed in tomato sauce with a hint of cinnamon.
Under the mysterious name Spetzofai is a very tasty one-pot dish, in which the main role is played by pepper and sausage. Although it is not characteristic of Crete, it was just last year in Chania that I got spetzofai to start the feast. And I honestly say that after eating it, I did not want anything else.
To prepare this dish, we can use keftedes meat patties prepared the day before or also to make them up to date. This simple variety of herb-flavored chops in aromatic sauce is very tasty, so I strongly encourage you to try them. They taste great with ordinary bread, rice or orzo type pasta. Keftedes in tomato sauce can withstand reheating very well, so you can prepare more.
Keftedes is one of the most popular Greek dishes. Under this name there are balls of minced meat seasoned with herbs, which they owe their interesting taste to. The Greeks also have several other uses for minced meat, but this recipe is the most basic and popular way.
Papoutsakia is a traditional Greek dish made of eggplants, minced meat and béchamel sauce. The taste is very similar to moussaka, which is not surprising, because the list of ingredients of both dishes is almost identical.
This very famous meat dish consists primarily of eggplants, minced meat with tomatoes and béchamel sauce. In Greece, the best moussaka can be eaten in traditional family taverns, where the dish is refined, full of aromas and very tasty.
Giouvetsi is a traditional Greek dish that can be prepared from various types of meat. It is a simple one-pot dish traditionally prepared in the oven, although it can also be prepared in a pot and eventually in the oven in the oven.