International Holiday Dinners: The Traditional Greek Christmas Dinner

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The Menu:

Egg-Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

Stuffed Cabbage (Yiaprakia)

Salads

Tzatziki

Beet & Garlic Salad

Cabbage Salad

Greek Country Salad

Lemon Pork with Celery

Roast Lamb with Sage & Thyme

Stuffed Turkey or Chicken with Lamb & Rice Stuffing

Cheesy Baked Pasta (for a meatless dish)

Fried Potatoes

Spinach & Cheese Pie

Cheeses

Slices of feta cheese

Slices of another table cheese

Olives

Country Bread

Traditional Holiday Sweets

Greek Coffee

Christopsomo (Christmas Bread)

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Recipe sources:

Keep a small sprig of basil wrapped round a wooden cross in a shallow wooden bowl and sprinkle water to keep the basil fresh.  This ritual is bound to keep the bad spirits at bay.

Many Greek Orthodox fast and break the fast on Christmas Eve with Baklavas Sousamenios (Sesame Baklava) http://www.recchiuti.com/recipe_detail.html?recipe=21

Yiaprakia (Lahandolmathes)- Stuffed Cabbage

http://greekfood.about.com/od/groundmeatrecipes/r/lahanodolmathes.htm

Tzatziki- Yogurt cucumber garlic sauce

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/tzatziki-recipe/index.html

Beet & Garlic Salad- many choices at

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=beet+garlic+salad&x=0&y=0

Greek Salad

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Garlicky-Greek-Salad-783

Lemon Pork with Celery

http://www.greek-recipe.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article105

Lamb & Rice Stuffing

http://greekfood.about.com/od/stuffingrecipes/r/stuffing_meat.htm

Makaronia Ograten: Cheesy Baked Pasta

http://greekfood.about.com/od/maindishes/r/makaugratin.htm

Spanokopita : Spinach Pie

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/spanakopita-spinach-triangles-or-pie-recipe/index.html

COUNTRY BREAD this is a downloadable recipe from http://www.authentic-greek-recipes.com/free-cookbooks.html

8 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup luke warm water

50 gr (1.8 oz) yeast

2 cups water

1/4 cup milk

2 tbspns sugar

1/4 cup corn oil

1 tbspn salt

1 tspn sesame seeds

Dissolve the yeast in the luke warm water.  Boil the milk and water together and empty them into a bowl and then add the sugar, oil and salt.  When it cools to luke warm add the yeast and 1/2 the flour and beat the mixture until it becomes an even batter.

Add the remaining flour and kneed it for about 10 minutes into a dough.  Place the dough in another bowl that has been brushed with corn oil and brush the surface of the dough with corn oil also.  Cover the dough with a slightly damp kitchen towel and leave it in a warm place until it has risen and doubled in size which should take about 60 minutes.

Press the dough down so it deflates and kneed it again for another 5 minutes and role it out into 2 equal loaves and place them into 2 greased bread tins or on a large greased baking tray with plenty of space between the 2 loaves.  Brush the loaves with a little water and sprinkle the sesame seeds on them. Place the loaves covered with a kitchen towel on your stove top and turn on the oven to 200 C to preheat.

By the time the oven has heated the loaves will be ready for baking.  Bake the loaves at 200 C for 25 – 30 minutes.  As soon as you remove the loaves from the oven turn them out of the tins immediately and allow them to cool.

Christopsomo- Greek Christmas Bread

http://www.grouprecipes.com/sr/19088/christopsomo-greek-christmas-bread/recipe/

or

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=364056

Kourabiethes- sugared almond cookies http://www.greekcuisine.com/oldsite/detail.html?RecipeID=113

Melomakarona– Honey & spice Cookies

http://greekfood.about.com/od/dessertspastriessweets/r/melomakarona.htm

Other Web Sites of Interest:

http://www.greek-recipe.com/

http://www.greekcuisine.com/oldsite/detail.html?RecipeID=113

http://greekfood.about.com/od/greekchristmasrecipes/a/xmas_meal.html

http://www.sfakia-crete.com/sfakia-crete/christmas.html

http://christmas.dgreetings.com/christmas-recipes/greek-christmas-recipes.html

http://www.authentic-greek-recipes.com/greek-recipes.html (a few recipes and a site to download free recipes from three Greek cookbooks)

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2 comments for “International Holiday Dinners: The Traditional Greek Christmas Dinner

  1. In Reply via. Facebook
    December 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Philip A Pappas Red Beet salad with the greens, goes like this

    Buy some good looking beets with the stems and leaves looking healthy and fresh.

    Cut the leaves and stems very close to the beets and wash.

    Boil the beets only, for 45 minutes to an hour. Check with a fork for tenderness.

    Remove beets from water and let cool and place chopped leaves and stems in the same pot of water and boil for 15 minutes.

    While leaves boil, remove the outside layer of the beets with your hands gently, you may need to cool them in cold water first.

    Slice the beets and place them in a large salad bowl.

    Drain the leaves when done and place them in a bowl.

    You may add garlic, chopped onion, oregano, red wine vinegar, olive oil and only olive oil, possibly basil. (Hint, don’t over do the vinegar and oil)

    Chill and serve cold as a side vegetable or as the salad.

    Can be served warm but less traditional

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