7 Must-Try Mediterranean Cuisines

There’s no question that Mediterranean food is delicious. Some of the world’s most well-known and loved meals come from the Mediterranean. Many people also think this variety of food is one of the keys to a healthy life.

Mediterranean food’s geography, history, and recipes are significantly more extensive than many people realise. 

So, if you want to learn more about the delicious range of Mediterranean food, you’ve come to the perfect place.

This Mediterranean food guide will take you through the many flavours and dishes – along the way, you’ll find a lot of butter, vegetables, meats, and, of course, some delicious carbs.

1. Gyro

Gyro (pronounced YEE-roh) is a culinary delight that tantalises the taste buds with its salty, greasy goodness. Picture this: succulent meat, whether chicken, lamb, or beef, slowly roasting on a unique grill, turning gracefully to perfection. To serve, a skilled hand deftly cuts the savoury meat from top to bottom using a special tool.

For true gastronomes, it’s not just about the meat – it’s about the entire experience encapsulated in the gyro sandwich. Nestled within a warm, toasted pita, the flavourful meat is adorned with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki, and sometimes even crispy French fries. 

2. Borek

The Borek is a baked pastry that delights the palate and captures the eye with its distinctive spiral shape. Crafted mainly from filo or yufka dough, Borek graces breakfast tables across the Mediterranean, its aroma wafting through the air as it bakes to perfection in a sizable pan.

Whether served in generous slices or as bite-sized morsels in different Mediterranean regions, Borek is a flavour-packed journey. Its flaky layers envelop a savoury filling, making each bite a culinary revelation. 

3. Kebab or Kabob

In the world of grilled perfection, the kebab (or kabob) reigns supreme. Universally recognised, this skewered wonder is a harmonious blend of seasoned meats and vegetables grilled to succulent perfection. The term “kabob” is the North American spelling, but no matter the spelling, the experience is equally tantalising.

Lamb may be the traditional choice, but chicken, beef, ground beef, and even fish take their turn on the grill, served on warm bread alongside perfectly grilled vegetables.

4. Baklava

Baklava is a delicious treat in various shapes and sizes, capturing the hearts of those with a sweet tooth. Layers of phyllo dough are meticulously soaked in butter and intertwined with a decadent mixture of walnuts.

Homemade syrup adds the final touch, turning each bite into a symphony of textures and flavours. While traditional baklava boasts the classic triangle shape, culinary adventurers can explore different nut variations, experiment with shapes, or, for the daring, skip the syrup (though, why would you?)

5. Souvlaki

Harkening back to ancient Greece, souvlaki stands the test of time as one of Greece and Cyprus’s most cherished fast foods. At its core, souvlaki is simplicity at its finest – grilled meat on a stick.

6. Moussaka

Moussaka is a Greek delight baked to perfection in the oven. It has layers of eggplants (or potatoes), seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, onions, spices, and a hint of red wine. 

Moussaka is usually topped with a rich béchamel sauce and cheese. 

7. Soutzoukakia

Soutzoukakia often features ground beef, beef and pork, or a mix of beef and lamb. With the addition of breadcrumbs, eggs, cumin, and cinnamon, these oval-shaped meatballs take on a flavourful profile.

Golden-brown after a careful fry in oil, they find their way into a luscious, fragrant tomato-based sauce. When paired with rice, potatoes, and herbs, soutzoukakia transforms into a symphony of fried meat goodness, offering a sweet, sour, and herbaceous experience thanks to carefully selected spices and seasonings.

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