Delicious Traditional Greek Meal

When last did you enjoy a Delicious Traditional Greek Meal?

I’ve always loved Greek food and lately, and I have been following traditional ones. So tonight I decided on a full-on Greek meal starting with Garlic and Feta pull-apart rolls, Keftedes (Greek Meatballs), Fasolakia (Greek Green Bean Casserole) and then the toss between Greek Salad and Tzatziki, of course, Tzatziki won! What a delicious meal!

Garlic and Feta Pull-Apart Rolls


  1. 1/3 cup olive oil
  2. 1-2 cloves garlic, grated
  3. 1 tsp Greek oregano Mix the above in a glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. Set aside.

In a processor add:

  1. 800g sifted flour
  2. 1 sachet instant yeast
  3. 3 tbsp olive oil

Pulse a few seconds to mix then add

  1. 150g crumbled feta cheese
  2. 500g water

Garlic and Feta Pull-Apart Rolls


  • Pulse a few more times until it is all combined.
  • Toss onto a floured surface and knead into a dough.
  • Place into a bowl and cover with cling wrap and set aside for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 160 °C.
  • Grease a round pan with a few drizzles of olive oil.
  • Pinch off pieces of dough and form golf ball sized rolls.
  • Fill the pan.
  • Brush each one evenly with the garlic/oregano oil you had set aside
  • Bake for approximately 45 minutes.



Keftedes: Greek Meatballs (With Lemony Sauce)


  1. 1 red onion, grated
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 slice, day-old bread, soaked in milk
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 1 kg lean ground beef
  6. 1 large egg PLUS 1 egg yolk, divided
  7. ¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  8. 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  9. 1 tsp ground coriander
  10. 1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Greek oregano
  11. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  12. 1 tsp ground cumin
  13. ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  14. Salt and pepper
  15. 3 lemons, zested and juiced
  16. Flour for dredging
  17. 1¼ cups chicken stock


Keftedes Greek Meatballs


  • Wring the excess milk out of the soaked bread.
  • To a mixing bowl add the ground beef, onion, the bread. garlic, 1 egg, mint, parsley, spices, salt and pepper, and 1 tbsp lemon zest.
  • Mix by hand until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  • Form the meat mixture into balls (each the size of a heaping tablespoon.) and place them on a large tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll meatballs into the flour to lightly coat. In a large skillet, add 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • Heat over medium-high.
  • Turn heat to medium and add the meatballs to cook (do this in batches if you need to.)
  • Cook meatballs for 10 minutes or so, turning occasionally, until fully cooked and well-crusted on all sides.
  • Remove meatballs from skillet onto paper towels.
  • Discard most of the cooking fat from skillet.
  • Return skillet to stove-top over medium heat.
  • Whisk the 1 egg yolk with the chicken stock and lemon juice.
  • Add to cooking skillet with the remaining lemon zest, then add the meatballs back in.
  • Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes until the lemon sauce thickens.


How about you add Fasolakia (Greek Green Bean Casserole) to your Delicious Traditional Greek Meal


  1. 500gr Green beans washed and ends trimmed
  2. ½ cup olive oil
  3. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  4. 4 garlic cloves, grated
  5. 1 (28oz) can tomatoes, pureed
  6. 3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  7. 1½ cups water (I used chicken stock – hardly ever use plain water 😏)
  8. 1½ tsp salt (used 1 tsp ços of stock)
  9. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  10. ¼ tsp crushed pepper flakes
  11. 1 tsp dried dill
  12. 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  13. Feta cheese for serving


Fasolakia (Greek Green Bean Casserole)


  • Cook the onions in the olive oil over medium heat till golden (about 10 minutes).
  • Add garlic and cook 20 seconds till warmed through.
  • Add green beans and potatoes, tomatoes and spices.
  • Now add the water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables tender and sauce reduced.
  • Uncover, mix and raise heat to high and cook a further 15 minutes, stirring often until sauce thickens.
  • Stir in the parsley.




  1. 3/4 English cucumber, partially peeled
  2. 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  3. 4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled, finely grated or minced (you can use less if you prefer)
  4. 1 tsp white vinegar
  5. 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  6. 2 cups Greek yogurt
  7. 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  8. 1/4 tsp white pepper





  • Grate the cucumber.
  • Toss with ½ tsp kosher salt.
  • Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer (sieve) over a deep bowl to drain.
  • Spoon the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth or a double thickness clean tea towel and squeeze dry. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, place the garlic with the remaining 1/2 tsp salt, white vinegar, and olive oil. Mix to combine.
  • Add the cucumber. Give it a quick mix.
  • Stir in the yogurt and pepper. Combine thoroughly.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  • When ready to serve, stir the tzatziki sauce to refresh and drizzle with more olive oil.


What more can you ask for a treat than this Delicious Traditional Greek Meal?

Prepared, tried and tested Melanie Kramar

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