Here are a few ideas for a fun cookout with a bit of Greek flair:
Kick off your shoes, get a bottle of your favorite dry white wine and relax. No one rushes or eats early in Greece. Munch a few Roasted Almonds and Spicy Olives while you relax in the shade. If you want to get a little fancy, add a few of my Mediterranean Shrimp. They’re good hot or avoid the last minute rush, cook early in the day, refrigerate and then serve at room temperature.
The Main Event:
I love Grilled Lamb. It’s great for a crowd. Serve it medium rare and it will be tender and full of flavor. then again, Keftedes (Greek Meatballs) with Tzatziki (Cucumber Sauce) is a great choice if you want a casual Greek dinner. Form the keftedes into patties (no need to dust with flour) and grill like you would a burger. (The Tzatziki would also be great with the lamb.) Add some Grilled Vegetables, a Greek Salad and a few pieces of pita bread and dinner is done!
For dessert there is only one choice – fresh fruit. Create a beautiful platter of melon, cherries, blueberries and grapes and let everyone help themselves.
About 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (a mix of red, yellow and even purple is nice!), cut in half
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 scallion, thinly sliced
About 12 Greek or Kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half
4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
About 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh oregano and flat leaf parsley
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, scallion, olives and feta in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil, sprinkle with herbs and pepper, toss to combine and serve.
Have a fun and Bon appétit!
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