Steamed Greek mussels feature in today’s first food post coming from Greece. A simple, happy dish, full of Greek flavors. They are sure to put a smile on your face.
Think oregano, white wine, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Very common flavors throughout Greek cooking. Accompanied with grilled ciabatta (yes Italian for sure but popular in Greece nonetheless) and a crisp, chilled white wine, be transported to those laid-back Greek Islands with this dish.
Laid-back is a great choice of words to describe the people and cooking methods employed in the Greek Islands. Today, we also cover one of the best facets about traveling to the Greek Islands, the happy disposition of the people and how this is reflected in Greek cooking. And particularly on the Greek Islands.
The Greek Islands – Happy People, Happy Disposition, Great Food
We have all heard about the economic malaise going on in Greece and I am not here to comment about that. You could understand if people would be down in the mouth and have a poor attitude towards the outside world. But the fact is they don’t.
Despite heavy tourism throughout the islands, I am really pleased to report we did not find grumpy people. Instead we found a people full of laughter and good attitude only too pleased to help to make your stay memorable. They genuinely love living where they do in the magic tourist destination called the Greek Islands. Mykonos is one of the more popular Greek Islands.
And why not? The Greek Islands are beautiful. Blue sky, white buildings, warm and inviting sea and a great diet. It is hard not to be happy in this place. The locals enjoy a simple life. Family, friends, with simple, healthy foods and wine. All good.
I am guessing most people who enjoy travel have at one time or another, dreamt of eating grilled seafood on a sea-side taverna in the Greek Islands? Well I’m here to tell you it is everything it is cracked up to be.
The simple lifestyle is reflected in the food. Simple, healthy, not too many ingredients, heavily seafood-based but a good sprinkling of spit-roasted meats as well, generally grilled, great Greek salads, I could go on. There aren’t too many fancy sauces or complex cooking methods. It’s all about simplicity and fresh ingredients.
Eating is a time for relaxing, laughing and not to be rushed. If you are looking for super quick service and eating a meal in 20 minutes, then select a different country, you are in the wrong place!
The Greek Islands force you to slow down. Think beach, reading a book and lazy long meals by the seaside. Yes, that’s it in a nutshell.
Seaside dining is everywhere throughout the Greek Islands and we spent many a long, lazy afternoon enjoying barbecued seafood, village wine, the subject of a future post, and a few laughs. It was the highlight of the day. That simplicity I spoke about, is well and truly reflected in our featured dish today.
Steamed Greek Mussels
Mussels are commonly available throughout the world and they feature heavily in countries with any expanse of coast line. There are many variations, but the most common method of cooking them is to steam them in a small amount of liquid and various herbs and spices.
And that’s exactly how our steamed Greek mussels are cooked. Liberal amounts of garlic, tomatoes, oregano, white wine, parsley and a little olive oil provide that great Greek taste. Add some grilled ciabatta and you have enough for a main meal for two people or an appetizer for four people.
Steamed Greek mussels are a great dish as mussels are one of the cheaper shellfish to buy and they just taste great.