- Pinch the head of a fish between your thumb and forefinger and pull it off—the guts should come away with it. 
- Cut off the tail, pinch all along the top edge of the fish, and pull out the backbone—it should come away easily. 

Baked  Kokoretsi

- Turn the intestines inside out with the help of a thin stick.
- Wash them very carefully and then rub them with two lemons and salt, until they turn white.
- Cut the entrails in small pieces.
- Pour the red wine all over them...


- Clean the beef’s brain from blood, boil it in water and puree it.
- Beat the eggs, add them to the mashed brain along with pepper, salt, and the melted butter and mix all the ingredients well.
- Butter a small pan and sprinkle with...

Boiled shrimps

- Boil the carrot, onion and bay leaf in a small amount of water for about 15 minutes adding the wine, salt and pepper.
- Add the shrimps and let them boil on low heat for 7 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the fire and let shrimps cool...

Braised snails from Crete

- Plunge the snails into cold water and remove and discard the membrane that covers the opening. Discard any snails that do not poke their heads out of their shells. 
- Put the snails in a colander and rinse well under cold running water to...

Chickpea patties

- Soak the chick-peas in water overnight.
- The next day, drain and boil for half an hour until soft.
- Blend until only a few small bits remain.
- Grate the onion into a bowl and add the chick-peas, parsley, baking powder, salt...

Croquettes with rice

- Boil the rice for about 15 minutes in salted water stirring with a wooden spoon. Take off the heat, sprinkle with the grated cheese, mix and let it stand for 5 minutes. 
- Then, add the pine nuts, the ham (finely chopped), salt and pepper...

Easter omelet from Lesvos

- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease an ovenproof dish with butter. Rub the lettuce leaves with a little salt to wil' them. 
- Rinse well under cold running water and squeeze dry. Melt the butter in a pan. 
- Add the lettuce...

Easy cheese appetizer

- Preheat the broiler (grill). Put the cheese slices side by side in a shallow flameproof dish. 
- Put a tomato slice on top of each feta square and top with the slices of chile. 
- Sprinkle with oregano and pepper and drizzle with a...

Eggplant Fritters

- Preheat the broiler (grill). Spread out the eggplants on a cookie sheet (baking tray) and broil (grill), turning frequently, until the skin is blackened and charred and the flesh is soft. 
- Remove from the broiler, halve the eggplants,...


- Put the split peas into a pan, pour in the stock, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 45-60 minutes, until they are very soft and all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Combine the cooked peas, paprika, chili powder...

Fish rissoles

- Remove the heads and the entrails of the fish
- Wash them well and remove their bones.
- Place the fish in a bowl.
- Add the grated onion, the mashed bread, the oregano, salt and pepper and mix everything well.
- Put the...

Fried cheese balls from Crete

- Place the cheese in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the eggs, flour, mint, and parsley, season with salt and pepper, and blend to a thick, pliable mixture. 
- If it is soft and sticky, add more cheese. 
- Cover with plastic wrap (...

Fried cheese eggs

- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
- Be careful not to burn or smoke.
- Mix 2 eggs with flour to make a paste.
- Divide the Gruyere cheese into portions, immerse each portion into water first, then into the egg and flour...

Fried peppers

- Wash and drain the peppers well.
- Prick them all over with a fork and fry on all sides until the outer skin becomes wrinkled.
- Sprinkle with salt and vinegar and serve.

Fried small fish

- Cut the heads off the fishes and throw away the entrails.

- Wash thoroughly, sprinkle with salt and oregano and leave to drain.

- Roll each fish in the flour and the semolina and heat plenty of olive oil in a large pan.


Fried squids

- Clean the squid, removing the eyes, mouth and the transparent bone running along the body.
- Wash the squids, drain and cut into rings.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Strain the squid in a colander for a while.
- Flour...

Fried zucchini

- Cut both ends off the zucchini; scrape the skins lightly with a knife and wash thoroughly.
- Cut into slices either length-wise or cross-wise.
- In a bowl place the flour, baking powder, salt and water and mix to form a thin paste....

Garbanzo bean (chickpea) fritters

-  Drain the beans and grind to a coarse puree in a food processor. Scrape the puree into a bowl. 
- Mix the tomato paste with 4 tablespoons water in another bowl, then stir into the beans. Add the onion, dill or mint, and olive oil, and...

Gardoubes (Offal in the oven)

- Wash the vegetables very well and separate their leaves.
- Slice the onions into medium-sized pieces and chop the herbs and the garlic finely.
- Cut the liver and the lights into small pieces.
- Turn the intestines inside out...

Garlic salad

- Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted water.
- Once they are soft, drain, peel and mash them.
- Blend the garlic with the oil and vinegar.
- When the mixture has turned into a paste, add the mashed potatoes, stir, season and...

Lamb’s liver in oil

- Cut the liver into small pieces.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the liver pieces on strong heat.
- Add salt, pepper, the lemon juice and the oregano.
- Let them cook for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from fire and...

Lima beans on skewers

- Soak the beans, in bowl full of hot water, overnight.
- The next day boil in plenty of salted water, taking care that the beans are well cooked without becoming mashed or split.
- Drain and leave to cool.
- Place the beans on...

Mashed potatoes.

- Wash the potatoes well and boil in plenty of salted water, with the peel on, for about half an hour.
- As soon as the potatoes can be picked easily with a fork, remove and leave to cool a little.
- Peel them and mash well.

Meat balls

- Soak the bread in water and then squeeze well to drain.
- Mix the bread with the minced beef and add the mint, oregano, chopped onion, vinegar, egg, salt and pepper.
- Stir everything together very well and leave in the refrigerator...

Meat rolls

- Remove the crusts from the bread and soak in milk.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the bread, crushed garlic, cumin, egg and salt and pepper.
- Knead the meat mixture into small sausage shapes
- Heat the oil in...

Mussels, Greek island style

- Wash the mussels very well.
- In a pot sauté the garlic in the oil.
- Add the mussels, the parsley and 1 wine glass ouzo (do not use any water), salt and pepper.
- Cover the pot tightly and boil for 10 minutes
- Serve...

Octopus croquettes from Kalymnos

Rinse and prepare the octopus for cooking. Put it into a large pan, pour in the vinegar and enough water to cover, and cook for about 1 hour, until tender. 
Drain and let cool. Grind the octopus in a food processor or with two knives in a...

Peppers stuffed with cheese

- Cut each pepper down the middle from the bottom.
- Wash them and remove the seeds.
- Mash thee butter, soft cheese and feta cheese with a fork, and add the salt and pepper
- Chop the parsley, mint and onion finely and add...

Pickled anchovies with garlic

Pinch the head of a fish between your thumb and forefinger and pull it off—the guts should come away with it. 
Cut off the tail, pinch all along the top edge of the fish, and pull out the backbone-it should come away easily. Repeat with all...


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