Terrific entertaining at home with this Greek Feast. Your Greek dinner menu and recipes included. Invite friends and family around for a terrific night in!
There is no denying Greeks and Cypriots enjoy having a great time with their family and friends. Picture a seaside or mountain taverna, plenty of sunshine, some wine, healthy Greek food, laughter and good times. That is life on the Greek Islands. Greeks and Cypriots love to share good times with family. It is one of the most endearing qualities of people from Mediterranean cultures.
Continuing with Compass & Fork tradition of providing dinner party ideas, we close our coverage of Greece and Cyprus with an easy to prepare, Greek feast. You can prepare all of the courses for your Greek feast, or substantially prepare them, in advance. And what is on our Greek dinner menu?
- Spanakopita, the famous Greek spinach pie. We serve it warm and as an appetizer.
- Greek roast lamb. Is there any more appetizing way to cook lamb? Also a great dish for feeding a crowd.
- Greek village salad. A perfect and light accompaniment to the lamb.
- Loukoumades, Greek donuts with a honey glaze. We top with cinnamon, sesame seeds and crushed walnuts.
And what should you drink to accompany your Greek feast? We discuss the wines of Greece and Cyprus, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, wine growing culture in the world. Surprised? Read on to discover some illuminating facts.
Greek & Cypriot Wines
Wine is not a new story for Cyprus. Recent archaeological discoveries confirm Cyprus has produced wine for almost 5,000 years! These discoveries testify Cyprus may well be the cradle of wine development in the Mediterranean basin. That probably surprises most people. But, consider this.
Cyprus is home to the world’s oldest, known, named wine, commandaria, a dessert wine. Other unique wines to Cyprus include mavro (for red and rose wines) and the white grape xynisteri. And what of Greek wines?
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We know a little more about Greek wines as Greece has a larger wine industry and exports these around the world.
Greece produces more white wine varieties than red wine varieties. It must be all of that Greek sunshine, so no surprise there I suppose!
Here is a list of Greek grape varieties, used for wine production:
If you wish, you can read more about the above Greek, grape varieties here.
Another wine you will find in Greece is retsina. Scholars believe Greece has produced retsina for some 2,000 years.
Not to everyone’s taste for sure, as the unique flavor originates from the practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly amphorae, with aleppo pine resin in ancient times.
Apart from retsina, it can be difficult to source Greek table wines where I live. My suggestion is to enjoy a good bottle of shiraz, it will go perfectly with the roast lamb and the spanakopita.
However, you can find Commandaria in may places. If you want to taste the world’s oldest named wine, they go perfectly with the loukoumades, Greek donuts. In Australia, you can find Commandaria at Dan Murphy’s. As for the US, here is a list of US stockists.
Easy Entertaining at Home with This Greek Feast
For our Greek feast, we are eating the spanakopita as an appetizer. You can prepare and cook the spanakopita ahead of time and serve it warm. The roast lamb is easy to prepare, and again, you can prepare it ahead of time and place it in the oven when the spanakopita comes out. And, you can prepare the batter for the loukoumades in advance.
Greek food is awesome and I am sure our Greek feast will be very popular at your next dinner party. To access the recipes click on the picture or link:
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