Summer Vacation in Greece? Dishes you should definitely taste
There is a wide variety of traditional dishes made in various regions across Greece. Apart from «greek mousaka»,
«Ntolmadakia»: One of the most delicious dishes, usually used as an appetizer, made from rice, minced meat or grains, wrapped in a vine leaf. In either case, the filling includes onion, herbs like dill, mint or parsley and spices. Calories in “ntolmadakia” differ depending on the ingredients used for the stuffing. On average, an 100 gram portion (4-5 pieces) contains 235 Kcals. Usually, ntolmadakia are bathed in an egg-lemon sauce called Avgolemono. So, in case you order stuffed vine leaves, don’t forget the bread for dipping in the sauce!
«Tzatziki»: It is a cucumber, garlic, olive oil and yogurt dip, which is always served cold, and used as a perfect compliment to grilled meats and vegetables. Calories in tzatziki are not too high. One serving of tzatziki (2 tablespoons) contains on average 30 Kcals.
«Gemista»: It is a traditional Greek dish of stuffed tomatoes and peppers that are baked in the oven. The stuffing can either be with rice or contain minced meat, veal or beef. One typical portion of gemista (around 250 grams) contains 310 Kcal, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein and 19 grams of fat. Due the fact that there are countless versions of gemista around Greece, the calories may vary depending on the recipe which is used.
«Melitzanes Imam Baildi»: Imam Baildi aubergines are stuffed eggplants baked in the oven. The stuffing consists either of onions and tomato or it contains minced meat. Usually, the greek version of stuffed aubergines is very oily, so try to eat it in moderation. If possible, for a lighter taste, prefer aubergines which are not fried. Besides, “Imam baildi” translates as “the imam feinted” because, obviously, he ate too much..