Greek Inspired Dinner Party: Menu + Recipes {Part 2}

As promised, here is Part 2 of our Greek Inspired Dinner Party where I bring you all the delicious recipes! This is going to be one super post of mouth watering food, so make sure you pin it for later. And as always, you can download the recipes into your recipe manager app (I use Paprika and absolutely love it). 

If you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1 of our Greek inspired dinner party, make sure you check it out. It featured all the decor and tablscape plus shopable links so you can recreate your own version of this! We have a lot to cover here today, so let’s just dive right into it!

Greek Dinner Menu

We started this greek inspired dinner party with a spread of olives, breads, dried fruit, nuts, olive oil & balsamic vinegar and some dips, including tzatziki and hummus. I looked around for cheese but struggled to find something I really wanted, so I decided to throw in some brie with the yummy Peach & Red Onion Chutney that I made a few weeks back. I know it’s not Greek, but hey, it’s my party and I can serve what I want to! 

Greek Dinner Party

So before I get into the main course, I have to say, that we were all so excited to eat the food, that we almost forgot to get pictures! I quickly snapped this one before we ate but unfortunately, I don’t have many more. But you can still see from this picture how scrumptious everything looks! 

Greek Dinner Party

First, let’s start with the star of the dinner, the chicken souvlaki! I guess technically these aren’t really considered souvlaki because we didn’t end up skewering them. Souvlaki means small, bite sized pieces of meat (typically pork, chicken or lamb), grilled on a skewer. We had the skewers ready, but in the end, it seemed like it would be easier to serve them sans skewer, especially with five kids under five years old at the table (yes, the adults were outnumbered by the children!). 

Chicken Souvlaki

Authentic in it’s Greek flavors, this chicken souvlaki will be the star of your next Greek feast!


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Ingredients
  1. 7, 5 oz chicken breasts, roughly cut into bite size pieces
  2. 3/4 cup olive oil
  3. 6 cloves of purple garlic
  4. 3 tsp dried oregano
  5. 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1.5 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients, minus the chicken, together in a bowl.
  2. Place pieces of chicken into a ziploc bag.
  3. Pour mixture into bag, over chicken.
  4. Seal bag and make sure to squeeze the mixer and chicken really well.
  5. Place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours to marinate.
  6. To cook, either pan fry on medium until done or BBQ.
Notes
  1. * We made this for 4 adults and 5 children. We used 7 5oz chicken breasts and we had enough. You will want to adjust accordingly for the amount of guests you have.
  2. * We also decided not to skewer these to just make it easier for the kids to eat. You can do it either way.
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Next up are the incredible Garlic Roasted Potatoes that my hubby made. These were so delicious and infused with the perfect amount of garlic. A must have alongside any souvlaki you make!

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Serves 8
The perfect amount of garlic infusion in these Garlic Roasted Potatoes!


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
50 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
40 min

Total Time
50 min

Ingredients
  1. 8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  2. 6 cloves of purple garlic
  3. 1/2 cup olive oil
  4. 1 cup chicken broth
  5. 1.5 tbsp oregano
  6. 1 lemon, freshly juiced
  7. Sea salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 425F
  2. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Place all the ingredients into the baking pan (you may need two baking pans. Don’t overcrowd the one)
  4. Mix all the ingredients well with hands, making sure potatoes are coated
  5. Bake for 40 minutes (time may vary depending on oven)
Notes
  1. * The garlic will likely drop into the liquid. That is ok. That is how the garlic flavor will infuse into the potatoes while baking
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The final recipe from our collection that I want to share with you today is the homemade tzatziki. As I mentioned before, this is based on my mother-in-law’s recipe and I credit her fully for making me fall in love with Greek food. I will warn you, this tzatziki is VERY garlicky. If you aren’t a huge garlic lover, start out small and keep tasting it along the way. We use purple garlic as the flavor is more potent and we like that. Also note that the longer the dip sits in the fridge, the more powerful the garlic will become. So go easy, at first.

Traditional Greek Tzatziki

An authentic taste of Greek with this traditional tzatziki recipe. So easy and flavorful.


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Prep Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 250 mls plain yogurt
  2. 250 mls sour cream
  3. 1/3 Enligh cucumber
  4. 4 cloves of garlic
  5. 2 heaping tbsp of dried dill
  6. Sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together, minus cucumber.
  2. Peel and seed cucumber.
  3. Shred cucumber with the finest shredder you have.
  4. Once shredded, squeeze out all excess water from the cucumber and mix in with other ingredients.
  5. Mix well and let sit in refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving.
Adapted from Melanie Drouillard
Adapted from Melanie Drouillard
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 So there you have three of our own Greek recipes that you can incorporate into your next greek dinner party. 

There are two other recipes we used for our dinner that I found online. The first was this amazing Greek Cucumber and Arugula Salad from Iowa Girl Eats. I liked this salad so much, I think I will continue to make it instead of the traditional greek salad. Also, I should note that I don’t have a spiralizer (yet) but I do have a mandolin, so I thinly sliced the cucumber instead of spiralizing it. 

The second recipe I made was Avocado Tzatziki from Shugary Sweets. I wanted to have a second type of tzatziki with our meal and so when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it. It was just as I suspected: delicious and refreshing! I would make it again for sure!

Greek Dinner Party Menu

For desert, our guests brought over a fabulous assortment of Greek pastries, including the delicious loukoumades! SO GOOD! Again, we cracked into them wayyyy to fast for me to grab a picture of them. 

Well there you have it: all the recipes that we used to create our incredibly delicious Greek inspired dinner menu! I hope this has inspired you to plan your own Greek feast and invite some of your friends over to join you! Food is meant to be shared and we are meant to live in community. Maybe there’s a family in your neighborhood that you’ve been wanting to know more…invite them over as you break bread together.

Love & Blessings,

CMartin-Sign

 

 

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48 Comments on Greek Inspired Dinner Party: Menu + Recipes {Part 2}

  1. Chelsee
    July 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm (11 months ago)

    This all looks so delicious! I seriously will have to try at least one of these!

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 10:57 am (11 months ago)

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

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  2. Heather Serra
    July 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm (11 months ago)

    You are quite the host! Such an awesome spread. I’m inspired to do some entertaining now. Thanks for sharing the recipes. 🙂

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 10:58 am (11 months ago)

      Awesome! And thank you! Glad you are inspired! xox

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 10:58 am (11 months ago)

      They are SO yummy! xox

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  3. Natasha
    July 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm (11 months ago)

    Love love Greek food and theme. Thanks for sharing the whole menu! I need an excuse to throw a party!

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 10:59 am (11 months ago)

      My pleasure Natasha! xox

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  4. LiNdsay
    July 6, 2015 at 11:42 pm (11 months ago)

    I can smell it… Mm! It’s great you got the amount of pictures that you did, that’s my problem, I’ll I’ve food too much and I often am too busy consuming than taking beautiful pics. Lol!

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 10:59 am (11 months ago)

      Ha! Story of my life! xox

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  5. Amber Shannon
    July 7, 2015 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

    Scrumptious is the perfect word…everything looks sooo delicious! That Avocado Tzatziki sounds amazing!! Yours traditional tzatziki looks good…but wow, I love avocado. Thank you for sharing!!


    Amber

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 11:00 am (11 months ago)

      My pleasure! xox

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  6. Joy Johnson
    July 7, 2015 at 10:17 am (11 months ago)

    I LOVE with this theme! Thank you for the inspiration, Christine. Also, the fact that you were enjoying it too much to get pictures tells me it was a perfection. When is your next themed dinner?! Keep ’em coming!

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 11:00 am (11 months ago)

      Just planning it now Joy! Thanks love! xox

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  7. Tracy
    July 7, 2015 at 10:39 am (11 months ago)

    Mmmmm!!! I LOVE Greek food. So many great recipes here. ..you spoil us! Pinning 🙂

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    • Christine
      July 7, 2015 at 11:01 am (11 months ago)

      Ha! Thanks love! xox

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  8. Candia
    July 7, 2015 at 11:16 am (11 months ago)

    This looks amazing! Thanks so much for the recipes, can’t wait to give them a try.

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 9:58 am (11 months ago)

      My pleasure Candia! Enjoy! xox

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  9. Joni Mitchell
    July 7, 2015 at 11:43 am (11 months ago)

    those garlic roasted potatoes are going to be a must at this house. thanks for sharing

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 9:58 am (11 months ago)

      Well let me know how they turn out! xox

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  10. Cathy
    July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am (11 months ago)

    I love Greek food and these recipes sound amazing. What a fun idea for a dinner party. Pinning to use later.

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

      It was super fun! Thanks and enjoy! xox

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  11. Brittany Bergman
    July 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, everything looks/sounds delicious! Chicken souvlaki is one of my favorite go-to meals, and I love the ways you’ve dressed it up for this meal.

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Brittany! xox

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  12. Megan @ Wit & Wander
    July 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm (11 months ago)

    Greek food is my FAVORITE! I have always wanted to learn how to make taziki!

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

      Well now you know! xox

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

      Ha! Enjoy Meg! xox

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  13. Maggie
    July 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm (11 months ago)

    These all look so good and remind me of my time I spent living in the Greece for a few months! Gonna have to try some of these out! 🙂

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    • Christine
      July 14, 2015 at 10:01 am (11 months ago)

      What a dream that must have been! xox

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  14. Iris Nacole
    July 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm (11 months ago)

    Mmm, everything looks and sounds delicious! I have to get it together and start trying these delicious recipes for my family. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm (10 months ago)

      My pleasure! Enjoy Iris! xox

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  15. Amanda @ Old House to New Home
    July 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm (11 months ago)

    This looks soooo good!! I have to try that cucumber and arugula salad! I want to be invited to your next dinner party!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm (10 months ago)

      Ha! Well let me know how you like the salad! xox

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  16. Kate
    July 7, 2015 at 4:29 pm (11 months ago)

    Greek food is my favorite! Can’t wait to try these recipes!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm (10 months ago)

      Let me know how you like them! xox

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  17. Ashleigh
    July 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm (11 months ago)

    I know I already said this but I’m so throwing a Greek dinner party based on these posts! It look fantastic, yummy and so pretty! I can’t wait!!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm (10 months ago)

      So awesome! Make sure you take pictures and send them to us! xox

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  18. Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip
    July 7, 2015 at 11:02 pm (11 months ago)

    These all look so delicious lady! It’s so fun to see a single post with lots of different recipes that go into a larger meal! I can’t wait to try some of these myself. I love Greek food!

    ♥ Lisa
    strum simmer sip

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm (10 months ago)

      Enjoy girl! xox

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  19. Jaya Pandey
    July 8, 2015 at 11:38 am (11 months ago)

    Delicious. Everything looks so yummy. I love greek cuisine and I am definitely gonna try some of these recipes. I think they are perfect for dinner party and we can even have our guest get involved in cooking too since its not so difficult to get these recipes ready. It would be so much fun.

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:48 pm (10 months ago)

      That’s a great idea to get them involved in the cooking! xox

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  20. jessica
    July 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm (11 months ago)

    I had Greek food once and it did not look anything like this (nor did it taste good). Your food looks extremely delicious and summer appropriate, I know I keep saying that. Although you have potatoes on the plate it does not look heavy. I will definitely try to recreate this meal!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:48 pm (10 months ago)

      What a shame that it wasn’t good! Yes, definitely give it another shot and try these! Let me know how they turn out! xox

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  21. Jaclyn
    July 9, 2015 at 10:20 am (11 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, EVERYTHING looks amazing! I’m a sucker for green olives…and Greek cheese…and any kind of dip…so, basically, why wasn’t I invited?

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm (10 months ago)

      Ha! If only you lived closer girl! You would be here all the time!! xox

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  22. Sydney @Tastefully Frugal
    July 10, 2015 at 12:54 am (11 months ago)

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! I really shouldn’t be reading this at 11 o’clock at night because now I am so hungry!! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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    • Christine
      July 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm (10 months ago)

      Ha! Sorry about that! Enjoy! xox

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