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I am not really familiar with Greek foods – I haven’t had much of them in my life. So when I see other blogs that cook a lot of Greek food, I am intrigued and always say I’m going to try some of it out. But to be honest – I’m a bit intimidated. And I’m not sure why, because I’m not usually intimidated in the kitchen, but cooking food from other regions is something I don’t do very often, and so it takes me a bit out of my comfort zone.

So what do you get when you combine a traditionally Hungarian dish with Greek flavors? Now all you Greek purists out there probably looking at this thinking – this is not even authentic Greek food! I know it’s not, but when I saw this recipe, I thought it was a great way for me to get my feet wet. An easy weeknight meal that gives me some of the flavors of Greek food – something to help my get a little more comfortable with those Greek flavors.

And if this is anything close to what Greek food tastes like, I sure have been missing out all of these years! Even my husband really loved it. In fact, I made this back in February, and just this weekend, my husband made a comment about this dish and how much he really liked it.

The base of the recipe starts off with ground lamb, but since that is an ingredient I can’t find, I used ground beef. Plenty of veggies – lots of eggplant and spinach are mixed in along with spices, tomato sauce and orzo. My favorite part had to be the Greek gremolata which you top the mixture with. Finish off with some feta cheese and the baked pita chips – this one will fill you up and leave you satisfied!

This recipe does make a TON. But it makes great leftovers. Not a bit of this went to waste! The pita chips, though, aren’t very good leftover. They become a bit stale and hard and chewy. I would recommend only making enough chips to serve, then making more as you eat the leftovers.

Greek Goulash
from 30 Minute Meals

6 pita rounds
Olive oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or lamb
Black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 sprigs fresh, finely chopped
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 small eggplant, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch dice
1 box frozen spinach, 10 ounces, defrosted and wrung dry in towel
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup pitted, chopped kalamata black olives
1 lemon, zested
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 pound orzo pasta
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut pita rounds into 6 wedges each with knife or kitchen scissors. Scatter wedges onto a baking sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Season with salt and bake 10 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and cool.

Heat a large high sided skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium- high heat until oil ripples. Add beef or lamb, brown and crumble meat, about 5 minutes. Season the meat with salt, pepper, oregano, cinnamon. Add the onions, garlic and eggplant and cook 6 to 7 minutes then stir in spinach and tomato sauce. Simmer a few minutes and adjust seasonings.

Chop olives with lemon zest and parsley – Greek Gremolata!

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook orzo according to box instructions.

Drain orzo and combine with meat goulash. Top bowls of goulash with feta cheese, pita chips and olive gremolata.

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16 Responses to Greek Goulash

  1. Sylvie says:

    I’ve bookmarked this to try. Authentic or not it looks great.

  2. glamah16 says:

    Its looking good to me. Im glad your going out of your comfort zone. I love to try things that are new and diffrent.

  3. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Snaps to you on stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new! This looks like a really delicious dish.

  4. Melanie says:

    I’m nervous just reading the recipe because I really, really want to go out of my comfort zone like you but I am scared! This looks delicious and the authentic and non-authentic Greek food I’ve had in the past has been very tasty, so I am going to make a goal to be daring and try it!

  5. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I make a similar vegetarian dish with lentils as the base. Yours looks so fresh and healthy. Now, you gave me a hankering for Greek food.

  6. Grace says:

    so you’ve finally joined the ranks of greek food lovers. welcome. :)

  7. Jenny says:

    I love all of the recipes you cook up. I have a zillion cookbooks and rarely cook the recipes, what’s wrong with me?!!

    This one looks so tasty!

  8. Kevin says:

    That sounds tasty. There are a lot of great flavours in it!

  9. Mary says:

    I am so going to make this. I have to sneak some ground lamb out of Michigan because I can’t get it down here either! It looks delicious!

  10. jasmine says:

    It’s a different — and tasty looking — type of fusion cooking 😉


  11. Pearlsofeast says:

    Hi Deborah, wonderful combination of ingredients.Sounds heavly!!!!!1

  12. Steph says:

    Looks delicious Deborah! I will have to try it for sure! I love greek foood!

  13. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I’m not familiar with Greek food either. Such a shame!
    This would be a great way to start.

  14. Tracy says:

    Who cares if it’s authentic? It looks delicious to me. It definitely has lots of Greek flavors. I looove Greek food.

  15. Bellini Valli says:

    I am so glad you are delving into Greek foods. It is my favourite after all. East Indian foods are the mystery for me, but I am venturing into the realm slowly. This goulash dish does sound like something I should try:D

  16. LisaRene says:

    I’m intimidated by Indian food :)

    Glad this was a successful dish your both enjoyed!

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