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Easy Greek Appetizers for a Hipster Soiree

You’ve decided to host a classy, cozy, or casual dinner party, and no matter what feel you’re going for, you want to try to impress your friends. Unfortunately, heating up a bunch of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and throwing them on a paper plate as an appetizer isn’t going to cut it.

Greek Appetizers for a Hipster Soiree

The key is to serve more unique but equally delicious foods that are really easy to prepare. This allows you to present a meal many guests may have never even tried (which will make them even more excited and intrigued) and to give the impression you slaved away over the stove — when really it took about an hour.

To ensure an amazing first impression for your dinner party, make sure your appetizer has both good flavor and presentation. This article features tasty Greek appetizers that meet these criteria and won’t take more than an hour to prepare.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Difficulty rating: 1/4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: None (Love it!)
What you’ll need: Tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, green peppers, red onions, Kalamata olives, olive oil, and lettuce (optional).
How to make it: This appetizer didn’t get the easiest rating for nothing; because there’s no actual cooking involved, preparing a salad can be one of the easiest and tastiest ways to go. The main preparation simply involves chopping the vegetables. However, take the extra step to create a beautiful presentation before adding the olive oil dressing, and you’ll be sure to impress.

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce

Tzatziki Sauce

Difficulty rating: 2/4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: None (just can’t beat it)
What you’ll need: Two or three cloves of garlic, Greek yogurt (amount depends on how many people you’re making it for), a cucumber, dill and salt.
How to make it: This classic Greek dip makes the ideal traditional appetizer. Start by chopping the cucumber, then squeeze the pieces to get out the extra juice and toss them in a bowl. Mince as much garlic as you’d like to include, then toss that in with the cucumber pieces. Add the yogurt and mix everything together while seasoning the dip with salt, olive oil, dill and pepper. This doesn’t take long to prepare, but it’s best to make it in advance and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. The image above shows the dip in the middle of tomato and cucumber slices along with Dolmades, which are a little more advanced to make. If you’re feeling adventurous, try this recipe.

Kolokithopitta (Zucchini Fritters)

Kolokithopitta (Zucchini Fritters)

Kolokithopitta (Zucchini Fritters)

Difficulty rating: 3/4
Preparation time: 1 hour (optional)
Cook time: 20 minutes
What you’ll need: 5 zucchinis, 1 onion, crumbled feta cheese, three eggs, flour, parmesan cheese, oregano, and parsley.
How to make it: There’s only an hour of preparation time because you should grate the zucchini, sprinkle it with salt, and leave it in a colander to drain for an hour. This isn’t 100% necessary, but shortcuts usually take away from taste. After, mix the zucchini, cheeses, eggs, flour, onions, and seasoning in a large bowl. Take little portions of the mixture and fry it after the oil in the pan is hot. Repeat until all of the mixture is fried. While frying, you can push the fritter down with a spatula to give it the flattened shape. These appetizers go very well with Tzatziki Sauce.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

Difficulty rating: 4/4 (but still easy!)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes to 1 hour
What you’ll need: Frozen spinach, onions, feta cheese, 3eggs, phyllo pastry, 2 sticks of butter, and 1 ½ cups of cottage cheese.
How to make it: There’s not much better than spinach and cheese together in a fluffy pastry. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pastry into the pan you’ll be cooking with. Heat up the frozen spinach, strain it well, and add butter to it for additional flavor. Then mix it with the cheeses, eggs, and seasoning. Spread this mixture onto the pastry in the pan and place a second sheet of pastry on the spinach layer. Bake until it’s golden brown.

Conclusion

You don’t have to be a master chef to prepare something tasty and international for your dinner party guests. Serve any one of these delicious Greek appetizers, and you’ll have your friends hooked on your cuisine. All you need is a little bit of planning, a little bit of time, and a lot of hunger.

Sources:

http://www.ultimate-guide-to-greek-food.com/appetizers.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_cuisine#Appetizers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamata_(olive)

http://greekfood.about.com/od/dipsspreadspures1/r/Tzatziki.htm

http://realgreekrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/03/zucchini-fritters-kolokithopitta.html

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1950,158163-253192,00.html

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-spanakopita-greek-spinach-and-feta-pie-218484

Comments

  1. lip-smacking appetizers. goodness, can’t even pronounce their names! lol.

  2. Brianna says:

    Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when
    in this technological globe everything is available on net?

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