Καλή όρεξη!

Greece: Moussaka and Spanikopita

Exciting news! I’m going to Italy and Greece with my parents in May! I’m SO excited. We’ve been talking about this for several years as a graduation present after finishing my Ph.D. and now it is happening! We’ll be going this May and will be spending time in Rome and then Santorini, Greece, two places that I’ve always wanted to visit! To help us get in the traveling spirit, on my last visit home my mom and I made Greek food. First up, moussaka, which is sort of like eggplant moussaka, and is a very traditional Greek dish.

This was only my second time making eggplant, and the first was a disaster. It was barely edible. This time I followed the instructions for salting the eggplant first, and what a difference it made!

We used beef instead of lamb, and here is the lovely meat filling.

The eggplant slices are pan-cooked until golden brown.

A creamy bechamel sauce with cheese:

Everything is layered like a lasagna, including a couple boiled potatoes, and cooked to perfection!

I love spanikopita, made with flaky and tender phyllo dough and lots of green and white ingredients!

I also made a yummy and simple Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese chunks, olive oil, salt, vinegar and oregano:

For dessert we had Greek yogurt with berries and honey.

It was so delicious and a great way to get excited about actually eating Greek food IN Greece! Cannot wait!

Notes for Next Time:

The only change I would make is to use a slightly different version of spanikopita, it needed more phyllo dough to balance out the filling, so maybe more layers or a thinner layer of filling, or phyllo pockets. Also, more feta cheese.

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3 Responses to Καλή όρεξη!

  1. Pingback: Buon appetito! | Couch Cuisine

  2. Dar- says:

    If our time in Greece is half as good as this meal, we will be truly blessed

  3. Christine Fischer says:

    Hey Melody! Sitting here with your Dar and Aunt Sarah enjoying your Greek meal/blog. I’m so hungry just looking at the wonderful dishes. Moussaka is one of my favorite Greek dishes! I love that you made the meal w/your mom and dad in anticipation of your trip this month. I am really looking fwd to seeing the pics and hearing the stories…Greece is a bucket list trip for me too (as you know) but hoping to at least get to Italy with Uncle Dave. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Aunt Chris

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