Greek Dinner Party: Main Dishes & Sides

This post is a continuation of the sharing of my Gourmet Club’s Greek Dinner Party.  The first post of appetizers & drinks can be found here.

Thank you all for the nice compliments regarding my recipe choices and table settings.  Many people asked where I purchase my dishes, etc.  I’m quite fond of HomeGoods- I’ve had great luck there with great prices too.  We also have a Crate & Barrel outlet near us that is full of wonderful, reasonably-priced goodies.  All I can say is, it’s a good thing I have a lot of cupboards.

Continuing on with the main part of the dinner…  I’ve added more to the menu.  Recipes can be found by clicking on the recipe titles.

Greek Dinner Party:

Cocktail:
Greek Mojitos

Appetizers:
Marinated Eggplant with Capers & Mint
Goat Cheese with Olives, Lemon & Thyme
w/ Crisp Rosemary Flatbread
Dried Fig Souvlaki

Starter:
Chopped Vegetable Salad with Feta & Olives

Main Course & Sides:
Leg of Lamb Roast with Garlic & Rosemary
Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Phyllo Tart
Roasted Garbanzo Beans & Garlic with Swiss Chard
Greek Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette

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The salad was excellent. I loved how it was a ‘chopped’ salad (lettuce chopped finely)- it was a little different than the usual salad fare. Good start to the main meal.

I had a little table-topic activity on each person’s place setting to participate in while everyone was eating their salads.  Each was given a piece of paper with a picture of either a Greek god or Goddess, along with a little blurb of information about them. Each guest was to read it as if they were assigned to be that god or goddess.  Here’s an example:

athena

I am Athena- Goddess of Wisdom

I am the daughter of Zeus- I was born from his forehead when he swallowed my pregnant mother. I am known for being rational & intelligent.I was never married & have had no children (it is said that I remained a virgin all of my life).  Uncle Poseidon & I competed for the affection of the Greek people. I gave them the gift of the  olive tree, which provided shade, oil and olives.In return, they named a city after me: Athens.

Most of the Greek gods/goddesses were very sexual in nature and had some interesting bios explaining their many affairs with both male and female partners.  The activity had us all giggling at the stories and it made for a fun start to our dinner.

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Special thanks to Peter of Kalofagas for helping me along with my 18 lbs. of lamb roasts! It was the day of the party and Peter was instant messaging me asking how it was going and giving me tips for roasting the lamb. Great guy, that Peter! The lamb was excellent. It was flash roasted at a high heat for a short time, and then heat turned down and roasted a bit more slowly until the end. We made a red wine sauce to spoon over the top of each serving.
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This phyllo tart was a HUGE favorite of everyone. It was so delicious. You could actually make this as a main dish, but we served it up as a side. Everyone said that they wanted to make this one again.
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This one was also another big favorite. The garbanzo beans with the chard was just perfect. I remember having chard as a kid- fresh out of my aunt’s garden (grains of dirt in there and all) and was disgusted by it. No more! This was fabulous.
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As if we weren’t full enough, I added a potato side dish into the mix too! This is the PERFECT potato dish to make for a dinner party. You roast the potatoes ahead of time, let them cool to room temperature, then throw them in for a quick heat & crisp while your meat is resting. Drizzle the lemon vinaigrette on top and serve. So easy. And good too.

There’s one more course to share:  the dessert, of course.  A trio of Greek-style desserts will be shared in my next post- to complete the Greek Dinner Party.

*Recipes can be found by clicking on the recipe titles within the *menu* above.

Other posts that complete this dinner party can be found here:
Greek Dinner Party- Drinks and Appetizers
Greek Dinner Party- The Desserts

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37 Responses to “Greek Dinner Party: Main Dishes & Sides”

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    Bellini Valli — March 6, 2009 @ 2:23 AM

    I would still have loved to be a member at your table. Greek food is all so delicious!!! I live the pre-dinner idea as well:D

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    Kerrie — March 6, 2009 @ 3:50 AM

    The chopped salad is calling my name. I prefer chopped salad over regular salad any day. Plus, it has feta. I’ve been on a feta kick for awhile now. I can’t get enough.

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    Peter — March 6, 2009 @ 4:22 AM

    Lori, keep the dishes coming…the lamb looks very tasty and those potatoes…crispy on the outside…fluggy inside…magic!

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    Ciaochowlinda — March 6, 2009 @ 4:33 AM

    I didn’t get invited? And I love all those foods!

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    VeggieGirl — March 6, 2009 @ 5:04 AM

    I NEEEEEED THAT GARBANZO BEAN SALAD!!! :-D

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    Amy — March 6, 2009 @ 5:09 AM

    This looks amazing. I have to try this dinner, all of it!

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    Maria — March 6, 2009 @ 7:09 AM

    I a still amazed at your party! You did a fabulous job. I wish I could taste everything. It all looks so good!

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    Anna — March 6, 2009 @ 7:11 AM

    What a spread! I can’t wait to go to Greece…..but I have to ;) .

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    Nick — March 6, 2009 @ 7:12 AM

    That leg of lamb is killer. Everything else looks delicious, but the lamb.

    THE LAMB.

    Cheers,
    Nick

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    lo — March 6, 2009 @ 7:14 AM

    I’m drooling all over my keyboard this morning. Greek food makes me seriously hungry :)

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    Shari — March 6, 2009 @ 7:18 AM

    You had me at the Greek Mojitos! Looks amazing!

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    LilSis — March 6, 2009 @ 8:19 AM

    Now that’s a menu fit for gods and goddesses! Everything looks amazing. I LOVE a chopped salad. The tart and potatoes also look so good. I can’t wait to give these recipes a try.
    :-)

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    Elyse — March 6, 2009 @ 8:43 AM

    I love lamb!! I’ve never managed to cook it without screwing it up, but I would totally be willing to try again with your awesome recipe. I have a tendnecy to be more of a “sides” girl than a main-dish-meat girl, so your phyllo tart and garbanzo bean greens look AMAZING to me. I love, love, love swiss chard!! Can’t wait to try these awesome dishes. Again, kudos to you on your excellent dinner party!

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    ingrid — March 6, 2009 @ 9:19 AM

    Okay, I’m ALL over that salad and those potatoes. I just want that for dinner. I’m printing out those recipes!

    Thanks for sharing & I can’t wait until dessert!!
    ~ingrid

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    Elle — March 6, 2009 @ 10:05 AM

    Oh my gosh, everything looks spectacular! I’m starving just looking at this.

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    Aggie — March 6, 2009 @ 10:56 AM

    This spread is unbelievable…I can’t get enough Greek food, EVER!! I was going to make a Greek salad for dinner…I’m going to make yours now!! Everything looks wonderful!

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    Rosie — March 6, 2009 @ 11:38 AM

    Oh my goodness, everything looks amazing!! That leg of lamb looks so mouth-watering good!!

    Rosie x

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    The Duo Dishes — March 6, 2009 @ 12:36 PM

    A feast, a feast, a feast. Oh the lamb and the phllyo tart!

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    noble pig — March 6, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    Everything looks awesome. What a night and so much food. I think I might follow your lead with this party.

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    Carolyn Jung — March 6, 2009 @ 3:24 PM

    My gosh, what a festive feast! If only I could pull up a chair and just dig in.

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    Manggy — March 6, 2009 @ 4:17 PM

    The lamb does look excellent! Thanks heavens for blog friends :) And your friends must be thankful for you, cos everything looks fab!

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    zestycook — March 6, 2009 @ 5:28 PM

    UNBELIEVABLE! Amazing… too much . I love it

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    Aimee — March 6, 2009 @ 6:34 PM

    Now I’m craving lamb! Everything looks stellar, really.
    Peter is awesome.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — March 6, 2009 @ 9:08 PM

    Good Lord, woman! I am so crashing your next gourmet club dinner :-)

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    Amanda — March 7, 2009 @ 5:39 AM

    Wow, that is amazing. I couldn’t imagine having all that food on one night LOL How many ovens do you have anyway?? ;)

    • RecipeGirl replied: — March 7th, 2009 @ 5:42 AM

      Hi Amanda- Each couple in our gourmet club brings a dish. A couple of them- the fig appetizer and the swiss chard were finished up on the stove at my house. Everything else was made ahead. I have two ovens, but only needed to use one. The potatoes were made ahead, then the lamb was roasted, and as the lamb was resting, the potatoes were finished off in the oven!

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    HoneyB — March 7, 2009 @ 6:04 AM

    It all looks so great! I am definitely making the spinach phyllo tart AND the potatoes! YUMM!

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    justeatfood — March 7, 2009 @ 6:58 AM

    What an incredible meal you brought together! Wow! The tart was calling to me.

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    Mark Boxshus — March 7, 2009 @ 8:09 AM

    This brings back fond memories. I was hired as a Sales and Marketing consultant by a Greek caterer. I soon wound up in the kitchen with his 93 year old Greek mother who taught me a great deal about Greek cooking, and she spoke no English! I can’t wait to try the tart and the roasted Garbanzo beans with Garlic. Wonderful selection of food.

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    nina — March 7, 2009 @ 11:15 AM

    I think that you have just convinced me that Greek is the way to go for my next dinner party. Fab dishes…all of them!!!!

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    Teresa — March 7, 2009 @ 10:14 PM

    What an elegant sounding dinner. You rock!

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    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — March 8, 2009 @ 9:36 PM

    I’m positively drooling here! Everything looks so wonderful. That lamb is a work of art! I’ll definitely be trying that out soon.

    My fave Greek restaurant here makes a chopped salad like yours. I just love it. Every forkful is a “perfect bite”.

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    Girl — March 10, 2009 @ 1:12 AM

    Your round up is making me crave, and pine for Greek food, gosh where the heck is Green Town near here.. well there isn’t sadly, OH gosh you are so talented.

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    joan nova — March 10, 2009 @ 5:26 AM

    this is one party I wish I was invited to…really!

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    Melissa — March 10, 2009 @ 3:41 PM

    I LOVE all the sides. Love love love.

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    CARRIAN — March 11, 2009 @ 3:24 PM

    YUM!!! Those potatoes seriously look so delicious!!

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    Nicole — March 15, 2009 @ 12:36 PM

    This meal is heavenly!