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OPA！SAVOR THE FOODS OF GREEE
Imagine that you are at a Greek tavern.Your waiter sprinkles brandy on a pan of sizzling cheese. Lighting it, he shouts, "Opa!" Flames flare and then die down. Opa, or hooray, indeed. Welcome to the world of Greek food.
The flaming fried cheese is saganaki. You might enjoy it as a snack or as part of a light evening meal of appetizers. Other appetizers include crispy fried squid, spicy meatballs, and Kalamata olive
Greeks' main meal comes during the early afternoon. A good starter is egg- lemon soup, avgolemono. Greek bread is very crusty. Instead of being spread with butter, it is dipped in olive oil.
Olives also show up in salads, along with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, scallions, and feta cheese. Feta cheese is made from goat's milk.
With the Mediterranean Sea so close, fish is a favorite main course. There is haddock, lobster, crab, eel, snapper, mullets, shrimp, and even squid.
Sheep thrive on Greece's mountainsides, so meat dishes often contain lamb. Chicken is popular, too. Pork and beef are used sparingly.
Besides roasts, Greek cooking features creative casseroles. Moussaka combines meat, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, and custard. Pastitsio is a baked casserole dish of meat, macaroni, and sauce.
For more casual meals, gyros are sandwiches of sliced meat inside a pita. Souvlaki is chunks of meat cooked on a skewer and served with a pita.
Vegetable choices go all the way from artichokes to zucchini. Dolmades are stuffed grape leaves. Stuffed zucchinis look like “little shoes”. Spanakopita is a flaky pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese.
Roast lamb anchors most Greek holiday meals. Special sweet breads are made at Christmas and Easter. And the bread for New Year's Day (also called St. Basil's Day) has a special surprise. Tradition says that whoever gets the coin inside enjoys good luck all year.
Ice water with lemon accompanies every meal. Many people enjoy strong coffee or tea, too. Adults may drink Greek wines, or sip ouzo, a colorless liquor.
Fruit and cheese often end the meal. Or, Greek diners may head to a bakery for honey- dipped cookies, nut cakes, puddings, or other desserts. For a special treat, honey-laced baklava is finger-licking good.