My youngest son's soccer team had a game on Sunday against a squad comprised almost exclusively of boys of Greek descent. The Greek kids were good. They showed some serious soccer skills, and on top of that, they spoke Greek to each other on the field. Our boys didn't know what they were saying. It's a great strategy and I commend the Greek parents for insisting that their children learn the native tongue.
In the end, my son's team got the win but only after coming back from a two-goal deficit. I left the field feeling good about the effort and persistence that our team demonstrated. I also left with a hankering for a gyro. It must have been hearing those Greek kids speaking to each other. Luckily, we have a wealth of Greek restaurants in Charlotte and these are some of my favorite foods:
Avgolemono: Lemony chicken and orzo soup thickened with eggs.
Baklava: Heavenly pastry made with phyllo, honey, and nuts.
Briam: Roasted vegetable dish with potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and red onions with lots of olive oil.
Dolmades: Stuffed grape leaves.
Gigandes Plaki: Giant baked white or lima beans, tomatoes, onions, olive oil, parsley, and sugar.
Gyro: Meat (lamb, beef, chicken, or pork) wrapped in a pita, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.
Moussaka: Comforting casserole made with layers of eggplant, potatoes, and a spiced meat sauce.
Pastitsio: Greek lasagna made with layered pasta, either beef or lamb, tomato sauce, and creamy béchamel.
Skordalia: Dip made from mashed potatoes and garlic, served with pita or vegetables.
Souvlaki: Seasoned meat on skewers. Simple. Perfect. Opa!