horta

Greek Horta

I have now spent so much time in Greece that I was bound to accumulate many favorite dishes while there. Horta was one of the first dishes I had the pleasure of tasting at my first home cooked Greek dinner.

Horta when translated into English means ‘greens’. You can choose any type of greens to make the dish. I was able to make this dish while in my hotel room in Greece with a hot plate and it tasted amazing.

leaves unlobed and pointed

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The greens I used while in Greece were greens freshly picked from the fields. Whole and organic. The leaf of the green is not one I have seen in the States and unfortunately, I didn’t get the name of it. When I tried this dish in the US, I used what greens were available in the supermarket, spinach.

The recipe is simple:

This recipe calls for 3lbs of greens

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Wash the greens well before cooking and trim any coarse stems. Discard any brown leaves.

I soak them in a clean sink with plenty of water and about a cup of white vinegar. Any sand or residue will sink to the bottom of the sink while the greens will float on top. Remove the greens to a colander before draining the water.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add about a tbsp. of salt to the water. Carefully submerge the greens in the pot and boil for about 20 minutes or until the thickest parts of the stems are tender. Be careful not to over boil.

Drain in a colander and place in a bowl. Dress with extra virgin olive oil and lots of  lemon juice. Add a bit of salt and pepper (to taste).

You can serve the greens warm or at room temperature.

Easy, simple and fantastically tasty not to mention, healthy!!! A traditional Greek dish.

I picked up this cookbook while in Greece and can’t wait to use it. It has all of the traditional Greek dishes in it.
The Best Traditional Recipes Of Greek Cooking.

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