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

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • judy palmer wrote:

    Did you make up the blurb about Athena? Or is there a site where I can find this type of “irreverent ” information? I love the idea!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hi Judy, This was published a few years ago… but I did internet research to find facts. Nothing made up!

  • Debbie Lynn wrote:

    Love this post! I am hosting a Bunco group next month and plan to do a Greek themed menu (which I have to make all by myself). I love some of your ideas and plan to use some of the recipes.

    I also like the fun idea of the god and goddess readings! I want to do that too. Where did you find your research? Thanks so much!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I just googled around… and it helped that my son was really into reading about the Greek gods!

  • Fran Hawkins wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this menu and wonderful recipes.

    We just hosted Greek Night for our “munch bunch ” group and I used your menu. We did everything except the Phyllo tart, the eggplant dish and the butter cookies and I bought an orange sorbet . Otherwise we followed your recipes and they were amazing I would make all them again and definitely want to try the eggplant and phyllo tart next time,

    Thanks so much for sharing these amazing recipes the evening was a big hit.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      So happy to hear that it was a success!!

  • Nicole wrote:

    This meal is heavenly!

  • CARRIAN wrote:

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

  • Melissa wrote:

    I LOVE all the sides. Love love love.

  • joan nova wrote:

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

  • Girl wrote:

    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.

  • Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy wrote:

    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”.

  • Teresa wrote:

    What an elegant sounding dinner. You rock!

  • nina wrote:

    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!!!!

  • Mark Boxshus wrote:

    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.

  • justeatfood wrote:

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

  • HoneyB wrote:

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

  • Amanda wrote:

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

    • RecipeGirl wrote:

      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!

  • Kathy – Panini Happy wrote:

    Good Lord, woman! I am so crashing your next gourmet club dinner 🙂

  • Aimee wrote:

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

  • zestycook wrote:

    UNBELIEVABLE! Amazing… too much . I love it

  • Manggy wrote:

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