Chestnut Stifado Recipe (Kastana Stifado) – Braised Chestnuts with Pearl Onions

Stifado is a traditional Greek braise that features pearl onions usually in equal quantities to the amount of meat that is being braised with them. But this recipe is a different take, braising chestnuts with pearl onions. The result is an intoxicating tomato sauce laced with cinnamon and cloves. This recipe is delicious to eat on its own, over some rice, mashed potatoes or winter squash, or noodles. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.

Melomakarona (Greek Honey Walnut Christmas Cookies)

Melomakarona is one of the most beloved Greek desserts and is traditionally served at Christmastime. It’s a festive cookie—boasting spices like cinnamon and cloves—tender and crumbly, and moist from its final swim in a spiced honey syrup, similar to one that is drizzled over baklava. Every Greek family has their own version of this cookie, and I’m excited to share mine with you.

Roasted Greek Lemon Potatoes

If there’s one certainty in life that I can stand fully behind is that Greeks love their potatoes. The humble root vegetable is incorporated into a number of iconic dishes like moussaka, briam, artichoke and potato stew. If you’re used to visiting Greece in the summer you’ll most often see it fried in olive oil as the universal side dish. But what I want to share with you today is my all-time favorite recipe for roasted Greek lemon potatoes.

Easy Imam Bayildi

Imam Bayildi is a classic Greek recipe for eggplants stuffed with savory tomatoes, onions and spices with roots in its Ottoman occupied past. The literal translation means “the imam fainted,” of course because this combo of tender eggplants and savory tomatoes tastes so incredibly delicious. This is my go-to dish for both a relatively easy weeknight vegetarian meal, and as a show-stopping meatless marvel at my pop-us dinners. It packs so much flavor, is gorgeous, and incredibly stunning. 

Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce — Soutzoukakia

To say meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods would be an understatement. I love them with any type of ground meat, served alone, or Keftedes served with tzatziki on a mezze spread. I make them all the time for my Los Angeles personal chef clients because they are so versatile, delicious, and freeze well. But one of my favorite ways to eat them is in tomato sauce full of savory spices like in this Soutzoukakia recipe. 

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