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The 8 Worst Foods You Can Eat at a Backyard Barbecue

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These foods could sabotage the body you've worked all summer to maintain

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Potato salad will pack on the pounds.

Plan on hitting a few end-of-summer barbecues? It’s challenging to attend a cookout and not indulge in tasty grilled burgers, smoky potatoes, fruity pies, cakes, and — a favorite for many — fried chicken. That’s why we’re sharing a few tips on what to avoid — and store-bought barbecue sauces are at the top of the list.

It’s almost impossible to bypass a T-bone steak fresh off a grill or peach cobbler topped with ice cream — but maybe you should. Those foods can easily add about three thousand calories to your plate. Instead, if you want a creamy texture, opt for coleslaw. Low-cal cabbage is also a rich source of isothiocyanates: compounds that amp up the body’s natural detoxifying enzymes.

Dietician Juliette Kellow suggests “filling your plate just once and choosing wisely. Barbecued chicken, lean meat, fish and vegetables are all great choices, but remove the skin from chicken drumsticks or thighs and cut off any fat on chops or pieces of meat.”

We’re sharing a few foods we think you should avoid at your summer barbecue.

Barbecue Sauce

Check the label on your store-bought barbecue sauce; many brands are high in sugar and sodium. Keep the sauce to a minimum or make your own so that you can control the amount of salt and sugar.

Fatty Cuts of Steak

Choose lean cuts of steak without visible marbled fat and then marinate them in a simple, healthy homemade marinade for lots of delicious flavor. As an added bonus, the marinade can help break down the muscle fibers, making your steak more tender.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.


11 Greek BBQ Recipes to Make Your Backyard Feel Like the Mediterranean

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some great Greek recipes for your next BBQ.

Most of us don’t have a tradition of serving foods with Greek flavors at a cookout, but we should. Greek food, with all its bright, fresh, and simple ingredients—lemon, salty fish, vivid cheeses, and olive oil chief among them—makes the perfect candidate for outdoor, summer feasting

For a simpler nod to Greece, you could always grill burgers and serve them with Greek fries. (And if you need to feed vegetarians? This Greek falafel burger recipe is easy, delicious, and only takes about 20 minutes!)

But if you want to go all out, try one (or more) of these 11 summer Greek recipes for your next outdoor dinner—just try not to break any plates. And don’t forget the ouzo.

1. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

A Mediterranean dry rub of paprika, cumin, and coriander gives this boneless roast leg of lamb a lovely perfume. The flavorful juices drip on potatoes, onion, and fennel as the lamb cooks on the spit. Get our Rotisserie Leg of Lamb recipe . (The same flavors will work for smaller lamb chops too.)

Bone-In Australian Leg of Lamb, $74.99 from D'Artagnan

A serious piece of meat for sure.

2. Spanakopita

Predictable maybe, but when the grill’s heating up there’s nothing better to reach for than a flaky, buttery, feta-salty, oniony, and spinach-rich phyllo triangle. Get our Spanakopita recipe.

3. Dolmathes with Avgolemono

The filling for these stuffed grape leaves starts out pretty conventionally, with ground beef, rice, and mint, but the terminal addition of avgolemono sauce (eggs, lemon juice, and some of the grape-leaf cooking liquid) makes these perfect for snacking outdoors on a hot day. Get our Tangy Dolmathes recipe.

4. Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip

Serve it as a dip for pita chips, raw and lightly blanched vegetables, or grilled shrimp. As a spread, it smears beautifully inside split pitas, before they’re stuffed with diced roasted chicken or lamb. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip recipe.

5. Flying Fig Cocktail

Not strictly Greek, but perfect to serve with the tangy, salty, and animal-rich food of your backyard BBQ. Fresh figs are muddled with elderflower liqueur, then mixed with vodka, lemon juice, and agave. Get our Flying Fig Cocktail recipe.

6. Whole Grilled Bass with Oregano and Olives

Stuff a whole striped or black bass with oregano, thyme, and lemon and top it with a relishy sauce of grilled olives, onion, and artichokes. Get our Whole Grilled Bass recipe.

7. Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad

Blanched fresh artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled ricotta salata cheese marry with cold pasta, tossed with garlic and good olive oil. Get our Baby Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe.

11. Skordalia

Francesco Sapienza (Lamalo)

If you alter the proportions this nutty, creamy, garlic-heavy dish can be either a dip or a hearty summer side. Ease up on the garlic and add a little more boiled potato to the food processor and this is like garlic mashed potatoes made especially for warm weather. Get the Skordalia recipe.

9. Grilled Greek Salad

Everything is charred on the grill and served warm with a drizzle of oregano marinade. We like it best when all the elements are chopped up and tossed with the dressing, so each bite is loaded with halloumi cheese, veggies, and herbs. Get our Grilled Greek Salad recipe.

10. Honey and Cheese Tart

In Greece, this would contain fresh myzithra cheese (hard to find in the U.S.), but manouri, a fresh, lightly salted Greek cheese, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.

11. Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs

The addition of almond flour gives these buttery biscuits character. Served with roasted fresh figs sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, they make a delicious shortcake dessert out on the patio. Get our Almond Biscuit Shortcake with Roasted Figs recipe.



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