After a crazy few weeks, things have settled down, and I am back to regular blogging. 🙂 I have so much to share from my travels to Greece and Italy! Today’s post is all about food – more specifically GREEK food. We stayed on the island of Corfu, and it was so beautiful. I loved every single meal I ate while vacationing there, but this list sums up my absolute favorites (in no particular order.) I am in no way a Greek food expert, but I will try to explain the best I can. 😉
1. Greek Pasta Salad
This one is pretty easy to describe as most people are familiar with Greek salad and pasta salad, but the combination of the two was so delicious! It was simply all the traditional Greek salad toppings (tomato, onion, green pepper, black olives, and feta cheese) mixed with pasta and tossed with red wine vinegar and olive oil. It sounds SO simple, and believe me, it is. However, having this made with authentic and fresh Greek ingredients (like olive oil and olives) really makes a huge difference!
2. Stuffed Tomatoes
I am almost certain this was my favorite food of the trip! I ordered it twice and was not disappointed. Growing up, my mom always made stuffed peppers with meat, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and rice. I was expecting something similar, and in some ways, it was. Greek stuffed tomatoes (or peppers) are a yummy mixture of risotto, garlic, tomato sauce, and so many amazing spices. There was no meat in the ones I ordered, and I was fine with that because they already had so much flavor! A classmate of mine, who is Greek, told me this food was a favorite of her own family. 🙂
3. Fresh Fish
Since Corfu is surrounded by a beautiful sea, fresh fish is always available. I tried the sea bass. I am not sure how it was prepared, but it was so delicious! I am guessing it was just a little olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. I ordered mine off the bone but used Nicolas’s for photography purposes. 🙂
4. Apple and Orange “Pie”
Apple pie (or milopita in Greek) is SO yummy. However, I was surprised the first time I ordered it because what I received was not MY idea of apple pie. Greek apple pie is what we in America would consider a cake. This is all irrelevant though because all you need to know is that it is amazing. It is made similarly to pineapple upside down cake with a little brown sugar and apples layered at the bottom of a pan and topped with cake batter. After baking, the cake is then flipped over and served with ice cream. I tried it with both apples and oranges. This is something I am definitely going to try to make at home!
5. French Fries
This sounds sooo strange, but I ordered french fries with almost every meal in Greece. At first, it was because I was a little timid and knew french fries were always a safe bet. However, it became a regular thing because they were so uniquely yummy! These french fries were unlike any french fries I had ever eaten. They were light and crispy from being fried in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper with a little oregano, thyme, or rosemary. HEAVEN. I don’t have an individual photo of the fries, but you can see them in the first photo of the pasta salad. 🙂
I also thought I’d share some extra photos I have. These are two very Greek foods that Nicolas’s mom ordered – stuffed grape leaves and garlic mashed potatoes. An interesting fact is that mashed potatoes are served cold in Greece.
Nicolas got this ginormous, fresh seafood salad …
and I enjoyed my fair share of margherita pizzas as well. 🙂
Hope you are all having a cozy Sunday! Have a great week!