Meat Dishes

Stuffed miniature eggplant (melitzanes papoutsakia)

This aubergine-based recipe literally translates to ‘little eggplant shoes’. The original recipe for papoutsakia calls for halved eggplants, but the Ottoman version of this recipe prefers to create incisions in the vegetable and keep the juices in. INGREDIENTS: 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 500g minced beef 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup butter 1 cup milk 2 ... Read More »

Penny Zalalas’ Pastitsio

Pastitso is the Greek version of lasagne and this classic dish is full of richly flavoured meat, pasta and béchamel sauce. This mouth-watering recipe, was passed on to Penny, by her mum. INGREDIENTS: The Meat Sauce 1/2 kilo of beef mince 1 large white onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons parsley 5 fresh grated tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste ... Read More »

Eggplants with mincemeat

*Note: This is a classic dish of Volos and it is thought that the dish was brought by the Anatolian Greek refugees who fled their native Asia Minor early in the 20th century. Other versions can be found in other northern areas of Greece. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup of olive oil 2 large onions, grated 250 grams of ground beef 1 ... Read More »

Gluten free Greek Meatballs

Greek meatballs (keftedes) are extremely versatile and absolutely delicious. They can be served as an appetiser on a sharing plate, with a side of rice for dinner or in a pita bread wrap for lunch on the run. They are perfect for kids lunch boxes and extremely popular at parties. Keftedes are traditionally made with breadcrumbs but Helen’s gluten-free version ... Read More »

Gluten Free Pastitsio with Lamb, Rosemary and Oregano

Pastitsio is a traditional Greek baked pasta dish, and Greece’s answer to lasagna. The key differences are lamb mince instead of beef and the use of tubular pasta as opposed to sheets. Helen’s hearty gluten-free version is made using gluten-free penne and is wonderfully comforting on a cold winter’s day. Serve with a Greek salad when entertaining friends to showcase ... Read More »

Lamb Moussaka Gluten Free

Try this hearty and wholesome classic Greek dish, with a gluten free twist by Helen Tzouganatos from her food blog Hungry & Fussy Ingredients: 2 large eggplants, thinly sliced 2 large sebago potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced Olive oil for frying Lamb bolognese 3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 500g lamb mince 1 tsp ... Read More »

Kimadopita (Mince-meat Pie)

By Dora Kitinas Gogos This is a traditional meat pita from Ioannina, Epirus Ingredients: 8 sheets of filo pastry 1 1/2 kg lamb mince a little milk 8 nuts 6 eggs 4 tbsps butter a little grated cheese 2 onions 1 handful chopped parsley 2 tbsps tomato paste salt pepper cinnamon or allspice Method: *In a small bowl, add the ... Read More »

Pasta with Sausage and Cheese

By Dora Kitinas Gogos Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 ounces semi-cured Greek pork sausages, or sweet Italian sausages, cut into 1-inch pieces Kosher salt, to taste 8 ounces pasta, preferably garganelli or penne 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 ounce blue cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ... Read More »


The traditional Greek dish of meat sauce, pasta and creamy bechamel sauce INGREDIENTS: Meat sauce: 1 1/2 kgs ground veal (or beef, though minced lamb can also be used) 1 large or 2 medium-sized yellow onion(s), finely diced 1 tsp. dried rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 cloves of garlic, grated 1 1/2 cups fresh strained tomato juice (or 1/4 cup ... Read More »