- 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...


- 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...


- 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 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....

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 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...

Pumpkin balls

- Slice the pumpkin, grain it and let it drain well.
- Put the drained pumpkin in a bowl.
- Add the chopped onions, the mint, salt and pepper, and mix all the ingredients very well.
- If the mixture is watery, add the toasted...

Rice-stuffed vine leaves

- Wash the vine leaves; boil for 2 minutes in plenty of water and drain.
- In a bowl mix the chopped onions, dill, mint, rice, half the oil, salt and pepper.
- Mix well and onto each vine leaf place one tablespoon for stuffing....

Rolls with intestines

- Rinse the intestines well with plenty of water.
- Take a long thin stick, place it in the end of one intestine and push slowly to turn the intestine inside out.
- Turn all the intestines in this way and wash them well, adding a...

Scrambled eggs with red pepper sauce

- Stir the cheese, parsley, and red pepper sauce into the eggs. Melt the butter or heat the oil in a deep skillet or frying pan. 
- Pour in the egg mixture and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes, until just...

Shrimps rolls with lettuce

- Place the shrimps in a saucepan of boiling water and boil for 3 minutes.
- Remove the skins and place in a bowl.
- Add the chopped eggs, the spring onions, curry powder and capers. Stir well
- Place the lettuce leaves in a pan...


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