Top 10 Mediterranean Food to try at Least Once in a Lifetime.

What pops into your mind when you visualize Mediterranean food? The common misconception is that this type of cuisine mainly consists of pitas and hummus, and little else. However, the cuisine of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, is extremely diverse as it includes foods incorporated from other places and a wide variety of ingredients and spices that make ordinary food pop with flavor. Moreover, the quality is fresh and healthy that is good for you.

Here are some of the most popular Mediterranean food:

1. Couscous

Couscous

Couscous

It is made from two different sizes of the husked and crushed, but unground, semolina of hard wheat using water to bind them. You can prepare a meat or vegetable stew along with it.

2. Paella

Paella

Paella

Originally a Spanish dish, it is saffron rice cooked and served in a wide, shallow iron skillet, spiked with both meat and fish. They have smidges of slightly burnt, charcoal-y rice that has stuck to the bottom of the pan only to be scraped off and mixed with the properly cooked mounds.

3. Fish

moroccan sardines

moroccan sardines

Fish, grilled or backed, are a common choice over there! Just salt and pepper the fish slightly and throw in the grill! or bake for a little above 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives, onions, garlic, and cilantro, and let it simmer. Serve hot!

4. Pasta

Pasta, Italian cuisine

Pasta, Italian cuisine

Artichokes, tomatoes, olives, and cheese are used extensively to prepare pasta dishes with a tinge of Mediterranean flavor in it. Herbs like rosemary, basil, and thyme are put in too.

5. Salade Nicoise

Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean salad

A delightful combo of tomatoes, potatoes, anchovy, tuna and lettuce, typical of the South of France, makes it ideal for summer.

6. Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

Mediterranean tortillas differ from their Spanish counterparts, in the sense that they are prepared more like wraps with savory fillings of veggies and meat inside.

7. Kebabs

barbecue Kebabs

barbecue Kebabs

Whether you cook chicken or mutton kebabs, make sure to add spices like paprika, thyme, nutmeg, oregano, and a dash of ground green cardamom, after marinating in olive oil with lime and garlic.

8. Ratatouille

A quick summer dish, this stewed vegetable meal is often served as a part of Mediterranean breakfast. It contains tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, marjoram, fennel and basil – they are sautéed separately and then baked together.

Moroccan Salads

9. Greek Gyro

Greek Gyro

Greek Gyro

Also known as pita sandwich, it is formed into a cylindrical shape consisting of ground meat mixed with spices, the outer layer of which is heated to a crisp. You can use precooked pork or lamb too.

10. Desserts

These are scrumptious and will leave you asking for more. Try out the baklava, which is filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey.

Making Baklava, via Flickr

Making Baklava, via Flickr

If you are throwing a party and want to cook something different, yet lip-smacking, or wish to surprise your special someone with a romantic dinner, then these Mediterranean food and recipes, will definitely earn you points and appreciation. Go for it!


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