Dinner in Athens

Dinner in Athens

Dinner in Athens*

This menu transports you and your guests to the sun-kissed land of Greece for the evening. The warm Mediterranean climate produces the best olive and lemon trees, and this authentic menu capitalizes on them. Oregano, a mainstay of Greek cooking, gives a pungent aroma and flavor to the feta appetizer, the chicken souvlaki, grilled lamb chops, and the lemony roasted potatoes. Your guests will learn the magic of making tiropita cheese pastries by folding layers of buttered phyllo dough over a feta-ricotta filling. Lamb is the traditional meat served for special Greek celebrations. Here, it is treated to a flavorful spice rub before grilling. Chicken kabobs, or souvlaki, are marinated in lemon and yogurt for juicy tenderness and then grilled on skewers along with peppers and onions. Cool, creamy tzatziki, served with the homemade pita bread as an appetizer, also becomes an accompaniment to the souvlaki. For the finale, Glyka or “spoon sweets,” combine the tang of Greek yogurt with the richness of dates and caramelized walnuts, drizzled with honey.

APPETIZERS
Feta and Olives, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Oregano
Homemade Pita Bread with Tzatziki
Grilled Asparagus Tiropita

SALAD
Greek Salad

ENTRÉE
Chicken Souvlaki with Peppers and Onions, served with Tzatziki
Grilled Lamb Chops
Roasted Greek Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon

DESSERT
Glyka (Spoon Sweets) Greek Yogurt with Caramelized Walnuts, Dates and Honey
Baklava (optional)

*Illustrations by Traci O’Very Covey