Greek-American Family Favorites

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Here you can find all your needs to host a Greek-American themes party from recipes, decoration inspiration, invitations, and more!

Invitations & Menu Ideas

Decorations

Coterie Blue and Yellow Floral Dinner Plates

Tile Print Table Runner

Ivy Decor

Recipes

Orzo-Rice Pilaf

Simple but special rice dish, excellent with roasted or grilled meat, or fish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Greek
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 1 2-quart saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ c. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. olive oil, preferably extra virgin
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 c. orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 c. regular long-grain rice (white or brown)
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 t. salt

Instructions
 

  • In a 12-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter with olive oil.
  • Add orzo and onion; cook until pasta and onion are golden, stirring often, about 10 mins.
  • Stir in broth, rice, and salt; heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 30 mins. or until liquid is absorbed and orzo and rice are tender.
  • Stir rice-pasta mixture with fork to fluff, season to taste with more salt if necessary, and serve immediately.
Keyword olive oil, Onion, Orzo, Rice

My Yiayia’s Savaren

Light, unleavened almond-orange syrup-infused cake
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 day 30 minutes
Syrup Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Greek
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • 1 12"x7" pan

Ingredients
  

Syrup

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 c. water

Cake

  • 6 egg whites
  • ¾ c. farina
  • ½ c. breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz. almond meal or ½ c.
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 oz. fresh orange juice or ¼ c.
  • ½ orange, grated rind only

Instructions
 

Syrup

  • Heat sugar and water on stovetop until sugar dissolves and syrup thickens (about 15 mins).  Cool syrup slightly and refrigerate.

Cake

  • Grease a 12”x7” pan and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 325˚F
  • Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry; set aside. 
  • Mix farina, breadcrumbs, and almond meal together and set aside. 
  • Beat egg yolks, gradually adding sugar, until light and creamy; add orange juice and rind, then mix. Gently, alternate stirring egg whites and dry ingredients into egg yolk mixture. 
  • Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 30 mins. (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)
  • While it is still hot, prick the top of the cake all over, and pour the cold syrup onto the hot cake. 
  • Let cool, then cut; diamond shapes are traditional.

Video

Notes

recipe notes here
Keyword Cake, Orange Juice, Savaren, Syrup, Yiayia’s

Kopenhai

Syrup-infused almond cake sandwiched between buttery, crispy filo layers.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

For the syrup

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 t. lemon juice

For the filling

  • 6 oz. blanched almonds, ground fine (or almond meal)
  • ½ lb. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. bread crumbs Panko works well
  • ½ oz. brandy
  • 7 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ lb. filo, store-bought, defrosted

Instructions
 

To make the syrup

  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 c. water and 2 c. sugar to a boil, the allow to simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add lemon juice to syrup mixture, stir, and allow to cool, then refrigerate.

To make the filling

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Separate eggs. Beat egg whites in a large bowl until peaks stand up. Set aside.
  • In a standing mixer, beat egg yolks and add sugar slowly until mixture is fluffy and light.
  • Add brandy and mix quickly.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer.
  • Using a large spoon, lightly fold the beaten whites into the egg mixture, alternating with the bread crumbs and almonds. Mix well.

Assembly

  • Butter a large (13" x 9" x 2") Pyrex or metal baking dish.
  • Using half of the filo for the bottom, separately fit and place each sheet, buttering it with melted butter before layering the next sheet.
  • Pour the cake/filling mixture on top of the layers of filo.
  • Then continue layering and buttering the remaining sheets of filo over the the top of the cake-filling mixture.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the top layers of filo down the middle in 4 long sections (so 3 cuts).
  • Bake for 30-40 mins. until toothpick inseerted in center of cake (through one of the cuts) comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and immediately pour the cold syrup over the hot cake.
  • Allow to cool and cut into serving pieces with a sharp knife. For a traditional presentation, cut pieces into diamond shapes.
Keyword almonds, Butter, filo