A Greek Recipe for Romance: Watch, Enjoy, and Cook Along!

If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies and Greek cuisine, we have the perfect plan for you! “A Greek Recipe for Romance” is a delightful new TV movie set in the picturesque landscapes of Greece. With a blend of romance, beautiful scenery, and mouth-watering Greek dishes, this movie is a must-watch. Here’s a comprehensive guide to enjoying the movie and cooking along with the delicious recipes featured in it!

Synopsis – A Greek Recipe for Romance

“A Greek Recipe for Romance” follows Abby, a driven New Yorker, who travels to Greece to help her family open a restaurant. Along the way, she meets Theo Pappas, a charming Greek chef with a rich culinary heritage and a mysterious background. Together, they embark on a journey to restore the family restaurant and discover a blossoming romance amid the beauty of Greece. From the bustling markets to the serene beaches, Abby and Theo’s journey is filled with laughter, love, and, of course, delicious food.

Where to Watch

You can catch “A Greek Recipe for Romance” on the Hallmark Channel or stream it online on Paramount. Visit the official movie page here for more details on airing times and streaming options.

Cook Along with the Movie: Greek Recipe for Romance

To make your movie night even more special, why not prepare some of the delicious Greek dishes featured in the movie? Here are the recipes for the key dishes mentioned:

1. Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Spanakopita is a savory pie made with layers of flaky phyllo dough filled with a mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and herbs. It’s a classic Greek dish that’s perfect as an appetizer or a main course.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package phyllo dough
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onions, green onions, and garlic until soft.
  3. Add spinach and parsley, and cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. In a bowl, combine eggs, feta, ricotta, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cooled spinach mixture.
  5. Brush a baking dish with olive oil. Layer half of the phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with olive oil.
  6. Spread the spinach mixture over the phyllo. Top with the remaining phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with olive oil.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

2. Greek Salad

A Greek salad is a fresh, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a side or a light meal. It’s made with ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese, all dressed with olive oil and oregano.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and oregano to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, green pepper, and olives.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and oregano.
  4. Top with crumbled feta cheese and serve.

3. Baklava

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, filled with chopped nuts, and sweetened with honey syrup. It’s a decadent treat that’s perfect for dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package phyllo dough
  • 1 pound chopped nuts (walnuts, pistachios, or almonds)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Toss nuts with cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Place two sheets of phyllo in the dish, buttering each sheet. Sprinkle with nut mixture. Repeat layers.
  4. Cut into squares or diamonds.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes until golden and crisp.
  6. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Pour over baked baklava. Let cool completely before serving.

4. Gyro – Greek Recipe for Romance

A gyro is a traditional Greek dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, usually served in pita bread with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. It’s a delicious, portable meal that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pita bread
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Onions, sliced
  • Tzatziki sauce (see below for recipe)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix ground meat, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form into patties and grill until cooked through.
  3. Serve in pita bread with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

5. Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a refreshing sauce made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs like dill or mint. It’s commonly served with grilled meats or as a dip.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, grated and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and salt.
  2. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

6. Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice, herbs, and sometimes meat. They’re a popular appetizer in Greek cuisine and can be served warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar grape leaves, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onion until soft.
  2. Add rice, pine nuts, currants, dill, and mint. Cook for a few minutes until rice is slightly toasted.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and add a cup of water. Cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
  4. Let the mixture cool slightly, then place a teaspoon of the filling on each grape leaf and roll up tightly.
  5. Arrange stuffed leaves in a pot, seam side down, and cover with water and lemon juice.
  6. Simmer for about 40 minutes until leaves are tender. Let cool before serving.

7. Moussaka – Greek Recipe for Romance

Moussaka is a baked dish made with layers of eggplant, ground meat, and béchamel sauce. It’s a hearty, comforting dish that’s perfect for a family dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced into rounds
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups béchamel sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Salt eggplant slices and let drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. In a skillet, brown ground meat with onion and garlic. Add tomato sauce, cinnamon, allspice, red wine, and parsley. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. In another skillet, fry eggplant slices in olive oil until golden.
  4. In a baking dish, layer eggplant slices, meat sauce, and béchamel sauce. Repeat layers.
  5. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and bake for 45 minutes until golden and bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving.

8. Octopus – Greek Recipe for Romance

Octopus is a popular seafood dish in Greece, often grilled or marinated. It’s tender and flavorful, perfect for a summer meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds octopus, cleaned
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the octopus and simmer for 45 minutes until tender.
  2. Remove octopus from water and let cool. Cut into pieces.
  3. In a bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Marinate octopus in the mixture for at least an hour.
  5. Grill octopus pieces over medium heat until charred and crispy. Serve with additional lemon wedges.

9. Souvlaki – Greek Recipe for Romance

Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish consisting of skewered and grilled meat, usually served with pita, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pork or chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pita bread
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Onions, sliced
  • Tzatziki sauce (see above for recipe)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Marinate meat in the mixture for at least an hour.
  2. Skewer the meat and grill over medium heat until cooked through.
  3. Serve in pita bread with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

10. Feta Cheese and Olive Tapenade – Greek Recipe for Romance

Feta cheese and olive tapenade is a simple yet flavorful appetizer that showcases the best of Greek flavors. It’s perfect for serving with bread or crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine olives, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Blend until smooth.
  2. Spread feta cheese on a serving plate and top with olive tapenade.
  3. Serve with bread or crackers.

Get ready to dive into a Greek culinary adventure as you watch “A Greek Recipe for Romance.” Enjoy the movie and the delicious flavors of Greece right from your kitchen. Kali orexi! (Bon appétit!)

Remember, you can watch “A Greek Recipe for Romance” on the Hallmark Channel or stream it online on Paramount. Visit the official movie page here for more details on airing times and streaming options.

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