Whenever I've got friends coming over for dinner I try to cook up a dinner party menu they're not expecting, but will still eat. Some of my friends are more adventurous than others when it comes to food, so there's always a struggle to introduce everyone in attendance to something I find delicious and new, but maintain enough balance of familiarity so they're all actually willing to try it.
This Greek dinner party menu is one I often find success with since it's impossible to deny its deliciousness, but it also uses ingredients that aren't overwhelming.
As dinner party host, I love the menu for its easy preparation and bulk shopping list, too. While a few of the recipes may look complicated or intimidating I can assure you, first hand, they're not so scary once you cook 'em up.
The creamy feta dip and pita chips recipe works as a great starter for the evening, preparing guests' palates for a meal filled with feta embellished dinners.
I'd never worked with Fillo dough before and took the plunge with my spinach pie recipe. It turned out to be the biggest hit with all my guests, including me. I could not believe just how easy it was to prepare - it's definitely made it onto my make-ahead staple recipes.
Paired with a classic chicken souvlaki, a Greek salad served over a flat bread makes for a filling, delicious entree that still leaves room for dessert.
I like to end the meal with a watermelon salad to keep with the Mediterranean feel of dinner, but you could easily substitute this with any old dessert you love.
Included in this menu is also a traditional Greek cocktail - but beware - Ouzo is more of an acquired taste and can be a bit strong to first time sippers. Our recipe tones down the more intense flavors for an apertif all first time drinkers will appreciate.
Embellished with olives and feta, this creamy yogurt dip is a fast mix, but really delicious. Guests will scoop it all up with their pita triangles faster than you can say "opa!" Read More
Chock full of spinach and feta, this pie recipe is buttery, flaky and a real winner with dinner party guests. They'll never guess just how easy this fabulous looking dinner recipe was to put together. Don't be intimidated by the Fillo dough - it's easier to work with. Read on for the complete recipe and a few tips to best work with Fillo dough. Read More
Made with the freshest veggies and topped with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and chunks of feta cheese, it doesn't get more deliciously Greek than this salad. Read More
I've seen souvlaki made with beef and lamb, but prefer the chicken version when friends come to visit. Poultry is a familiar and easy crowd-pleaser, and paired with grilled veggies, classic tzatzki sauce and classic Greek salad, it's an entree that's as filling as it looks. Read More
Cut back on the calories without sacrificing flavor or quality. Though we like to eat this salad at lunch, when paired down it works really well for a Greek dinner party dessert. Read More