Foodbuzz 24×24: Grilling Greek

Memorial Day: the last Monday in May, a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation’s service, the official opening of our beaches and the unofficial start of summer. And nothing says summer like an All-American barbecue. So for this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24 event, we decided to “unofficially” usher in the new season by Grilling Greek to honor our Greek-American roots.

Friends and family gathered in the yard yesterday where we enjoyed the warm weather by grilling some Greek-inspired dishes. Barbecue is synonymous with American family summers but backyard barbecuing in Greece is just starting to become popular among households there. As such, there aren’t a great many family-style Greek barbecue dishes. For this Foodbuzz 24×24event I wanted to create a few items that celebrated the distinct flavors of Greece but remained family-friendly and ideal for outdoor warm-weather dining. After a possible rain scare and my grossly over-estimating our humble charcoal grill’s capabilities, we offered guests these grilled Greek/Mediterranean bits and bites.  

There was Grilled Octopus tossed with grilled slices of red onion, capers, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Grilled Greek-Herbed Shrimp and Red Onion served with Ladolemono (olive oil/lemon dipping sauce).

Grilled Chicken Breasts marinated with dried Greek herbs and olive oil.

“Moussaka” Burgers topped with grilled eggplant, Greek-spiced barbecue sauce and a whipped Feta-yogurt sauce.

Kritharaki (orzo) Pasta Salad with grilled grape tomatoes, lemon zest, olive oil and dill.

There was also an Arugula and Mixed Greens Salad with scallions, cucumbers and a Greek Thyme-Honey Vinaigrette and a Turkish friend brought Kisir, a refreshing cracked wheat dish adorned with cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions and parsley.

Stay tuned for individual recipes throughout the week. A big thank you to Foodbuzz for once again hosting the 24×24 event … and a happy and healthy summer to ALL! Καλό Καλοκαίρι!

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16 Responses to “Foodbuzz 24×24: Grilling Greek”

  1. Ivy says:

    Congrats Maria for your 24,24,24 participation. Everything looks delicious.

  2. Peter says:

    Maria, WOW! Love the octopus, the Moussaka burgers and who can fault anyone with shrimp?

    Enjoy the rest of your Memorial weekend and keep on pleasing family and friends (and us)!

  3. Stamatia says:

    Ok, that “moussaka burger” is simply awesome, what a cool idea! And the rest looks delicious too. I’m sure you guys had a great meal, thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. Cherine says:

    Wow, everything looks soooo good. That moussaka burger looks awesome!!

  5. GASTEROPLIX says:

    σίγουρα μας ανοίξατε την όρεξη κι είναι βράδυ, μια ώρα δύσκολη
    υπέροχη παρουσίαση

  6. Chef Dennis says:

    what a feast!!!! Everything looks so good, your photo’s are just amazing!

  7. Anna A. says:

    Awesome!! I just went to my first Foodbuzz dinner in LA last night (12 courses of honey) and kept thinking about something GREEK :) Love the G-A BBQ action you got going on. Bravo!

  8. What a bbq! Enjoy the holiday Maria…and I’m loving that moussaka burger! (and everything else looks delish too!)

  9. What an amazing feast on a grill! So many delicious dishes here!

  10. marika says:

    Oh those pictures are truly beautiful! I want to eat all of your food!! now!

  11. Joan Nova says:

    This so much more appeals to my palate than hotdogs and potato salad! Can’t wait to see the recipe for the mousaka burger. Congrats on 24×24!

  12. maria says:

    the food all looks divine, but i wouldnt mind having a double dose of those moussaka sliders
    lovely photo collage too
    ps you are a winner!

  13. Your mousaka burgers are fantastic! Oh, if only I could have one for dinner tonight!

  14. I made some grilled octopus salad a while back, not knowing that is was on the Greek culinary map; your feast looks fabulous and the burgers would be my first choice.

  15. Great way to celebrate! The eggplant topped burgers are really nice. Very nice indeed. Lovely Foodbuzz 24 post!

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