Top Recipes for Cooking With Wine in Greek Cuisine

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The Ancient Greeks were amongst the first in the world to produce wine. In modern times, however, wine making in Greece fell out of favor and was replaced by other wine regions, such as France, Italy, and California. Greek wineries are now carving a respected place for themselves on the world stage.

Despite that, wine has been created in Greece since ancient times. As a result, there are

Wine Infused Butter Cookies

Also known as Krasokoulourakia, these butter cookies are infused with a rich red wine, such as Mavrodaphne, which is slightly sweet. The cookie is made similarly as koulourakia, the traditional Greek butter cookie. The difference is that these are infused with wine to give it an extra kick of flavor.

Fruit in Wine and Honey

Fruit is commonly grown in Greece and locals anticipate when they perfectly ripen. Of course, the fruit is great freshly picked and eaten as is. However, it is also delicious when prepared as a delicious dessert. This recipe uses a variety of fresh fruit and is perfectly sweetened with rich wine and Greek honey. You can use any fruit that is in season for this.

Wine Braised Octopus

Octopus is plentiful in the waters of the Aegean Sea and as a result, fishermen regularly catch it for the people to enjoy. The octopus is prepped and dried before cooking, and once this process is done, it is ready to be cooked. This recipe cooks the octopus in a savory/sweet wine sauce. Since octopus cane be tough, the wine actually tenderizes it.

Oranges in Sweet Wine

Oranges grow plentifully in Greece, and as a result of that, it is fairly common in Greek cooking. One of the most decadent ways to prepare the oranges is to cook it in sweet wine mixed with honey and spices. This dish is simple and delicious because the wine really enhances the sweetness of the oranges.

Savory Wine and Honey Sauce

This savory wine and honey sauce originates in the Peloponnese and is incredibly versatile. Although sweet ingredients like wine and honey are used to make it, the capers give it a savory twist. It tastes great on seafood, poultry, and other meat dishes. Including freshly chopped parsley is also a nice addition to this sauce because it gives it a pleasant flavor and allows it to match well with savory foods.

Chicken Poached in Wine

Chicken is one of those meats that pairs especially well with wine. This chicken is slowly pouched in an aromatic wine sauce until it is cooked all the way through. The chicken is incredibly tender because the wine softens the chicken and infuses it with flavor. This dish goes very well with rice pilaf or homemade noodles.

Octopus Stew with Wine

There are several ways to prepare octopus in Greece. In the recipe, above, whole octopus is braised in wine. This dish is similar, but it isn’t by itself in the broth – it is mixed with other ingredients, such as vegetables and herbs.

Wine makes a great ingredient for certain Greek dishes. You should try some of these foods when you take the chance.

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