How about another…. THEMED DATE NIGHT?! =D This time we shall go to the lovely archipelago of Greece! Land of mythology, filo dough, and dancing while shouting OPA!
Feta cheese, filo (or phyllo) dough, and pita breaaaaaaaad! … You know what’s ironic? Pita literally means bread. So when we say pita bread? Yeah. Bread bread. However, there are tons of Greek recipes that end in the word pita, but are not entirely bread, or even a kind of bread, usually these have some sort of floury dough involved, like filo dough or something and are more of a “pie”.
Also, all these recipes are listed with their Greek name, and then a short description. These were so easy to find with authentic names, not just a generic American translation, so when you serve them you can feel that much more authentic as you announce your “spanakopita”! Haha!
Lastly, many of these recipes use a “bechamel” sauce, which is basically a creamy white sauce with a lightly nutmeg in it. It’s sort of like a meat-free white gravy.
Sides & Appetizers
- Tzatziki – This is a delicious Greek dill-cucumber dip!
- Keftethes – Meatballs! Need I say more?
- Vasilopita – Greek New Year’s bread, a traditional rich fluffy bread with cinnamon and a resinous, piney spice, mastiha.
- Spanakopita – A spinach and feta appetizer.
- Pita Bread
- Moussaka – Greek eggplant casserole, reminds me of a shepherd’s pie.
- Pastitsio – This is sort of like a lasagna! It is ziti pasta with a beef and lamb sauce, as well as bechamel sauce!
- Pork Souvlaki – Essentially just a delicious pork kebab!
- Domates Yemistes – Stuffed tomatoes.
- Psaropita – Greek style shrimp pie. This is essentialy seasoned shrimp in beschamel sauce wrapped in filo dough to make it a pie!
- Kreatopita – Greek filo meat pie.
- Hortupita – “Wild Greens” pie, a filo pie with greens and feta.
- Baklava – A honey-cinnamon-nut filo layer dessert.
- Melomakarone – Greek Christmas honey cookies!
- Kourabiethes – Greek butter cookies dusted with powdered sugar… seriously. BUTTER cookies…
- Kaltsounia Sto Tigani – Fried sweet Greek cheese pies… maybe something like a cheese danish?
- Galotupita – Milk pie. Basically a custard that, yes, you guessed it, involves filo.
If these recipes are just not enough for you, the two websites that seemed to have to have the greatest variety and quality of recipes are:
The playlist I picked out for you guys is called, “Tzatziki – The Best Greek Music For The Best Greek Food” on Spotify. It is such a great ethnic instrumental playlist!
Yeah so, Mount Olympus is in Greece, so feel free incorporate any sort of Olympic sport activities you’d like. Whether that’s a competition (search pinterest for “Olympic Themed Party Games”) or maybe watching a highlight real off YouTube, there are a lot of options with this!
- Mama Mia! – Super cute musical featuring the music of ABBA. Plus you get to watch James Bond try to sing! (Movie stars Pierce Brosnan…)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (1 &2) – What a classic rom-com! Plus you can watch the sequel the next night while you eat your yummy Greek leftovers!
- Hercules – Disney movies anyone?
- Grease – … Oh wait….it’s Greece, not Grease…. My bad.
- Watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
- Check out these links: The World of Greek Dance & A Brief History of Greek Dancing.
- Turn on the Spotify playlist above and get dancing!
4. The Final Touch
Σ΄αγαπώ – I love you (informal). Written in English it is “S′agapo” and the pronunciation is “say-ah-gah-poh“.
Also, what the heck does opa actually mean? It’s so fun to yell with your hands in the air, but what does it really mean?
Try it. Atleast one arm up in the air, serious look on your face, and just yell it out. OPA!
Wasn’t that great? Shout out to my friend Sharon, who will gladly engage in an “Opa!” salute battle with me with a fantastic level of enthusiam. (Trust me, you need a friend who does this.)
Well, turns out it doesn’t exactly have a real meaning. While the term used to mean “Oops!” or something of that nature, it is is now more of an untranslatable Greek cheer of joy and positive energy.
Need to invite people into a Greek circle of dance? Wave and shout “Opa!”
Waiter brings out a delicious plate of saganaki (a melted cheese dish that is traditionally flambéd at the table by the waiter) and lights it on fire? The table yells out, “Opa!”
So yeah. It would appear that mine and Sharon’s use of it isn’t actually incorrect, as it’s just a general happy sound!
More phrases here –> “Useful Greek Phrases” by Omniglot
Alright guys! So now we have been to Greece… well, sort of, haha! Let me know in the comments where you guys would like to see the next Themed Date Night take place! I do hope that you have a fantastic evening with your sweetie!
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