The holidays are a time of sharing food and friendship – yet between end-of-year deadlines, shopping, cleaning, and planning, it’s a challenge to come up with meal ideas, let alone cook them. If you’re looking for an exciting yet convenient option that’s sure to be a hit, Greek food is the perfect solution. There’s a rich variety of dishes to choose from, but the options below are favorites your party guests will adore.
3 Greek Foods for Holiday Entertaining
Spanakopita, also known as spinach pie, is a mouthwatering traditional Greek food that’s easy to serve. It’s a pastry pie filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions, eggs, and plenty of seasonings like fresh parsley and garlic. Spanakopita is versatile: it can be cut into large slices for an entree or small, bite-size chunks for hors d'oeuvres. The flaky, buttery crust holds the filling together, making the perfect finger food. Spanakopita is also vegetarian friendly.
Though more often considered a Middle Eastern dish, these deep-fried chickpea balls are widely beloved throughout the Mediterranean. They’re wonderful atop a Greek salad, stuffed into pitas and drizzled with tzatziki, or served individually with toothpicks. They’re a fun and relatively healthy addition to any holiday party menu.
Dolmadakia – also known as dolmas, or stuffed grape leaves – is an iconic Greek food and the perfect holiday snack. Herb- and lemon-scented rice is cooked until tender and folded into fresh, vibrant grape leaves. They can include meat, though traditional varieties are meatless. They’re delicious dipped in yogurt or on their own, and are perfect for eating with your fingers, since they’re naturally bite-sized and grease-free. This delightful treat is labor-intensive to make, so stop by a Greek restaurant to have them prepare a batch for you.
If you’re looking for a mouthwatering meal for your next holiday party, turn to Yia Yia’s- Homemade Greek Food on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They offer a number of unforgettable authentic Greek foods, including souvlaki, spinach pies, and gyros, all of which you can explore on their website. Whether you’re picking up or dining in, call (212) 545-1210 today to place an order or speak with their staff.