Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight? I think it’s an age old problem, one even my Grandmother faced. I remember her telling me that she loved to cook but deciding what to cook for dinner every night was her biggest problem! I face this issue daily myself, but not only do I have to decide what to cook I like to try and make dinner a fun family time too. That’s why I came up with the dinner theme ideas. I center dinner around a theme like Italian Night, Mid Easter Night, and so one. This means I make food matching my theme and set the table to make it look we’re eating in whatever country the food is from. One of my favorites is Greek night because we can have Beef Souvlaki! Opa!
It doesn’t take much to plan a Greek night dinner all you need is some great Greek food like chicken or beef gyros, tzatziki sauce for dipping or topping, Greek Salad, souvlakis, and maybe some baklava for dessert. You can wash it all down with some Greek wine or Ouzo for a fruity smoothie for the kids.
As far as table settings start with a blue and white table cloth or runner, if you have one with a Greek key design or border that works great, then use blue and white plates if you have them. An alternative would be a burlap cloth stenciled with green olives or anything that reminds you of the sea or olive orchards. Scatter some sea shells or fresh lemons in the center and a potted rosemary pot to complete you tablescape. Just remember to keep it simple and fresh looking!
Or consider dining outdoors just like you would if you were on Santorini or Mykonos! Just keep the blue and white theme going and you’ll do great. Now for the most important part, food and drink!
You can start off with some ouzo if you dare or a nice minty lemonade is refreshing. Then set out plates of greek olives, cheeses, and fresh crusty bread. You can also set out bowls of tzatziki for dipping. Click here for my tzatziki recipe!
For a lighter dinner serve a nice big Greek Salad. Or you can have everyone make their own gyro sandwiches or plates. Just set out the meat and the toppings and let everyone create their own! Click here for my beef gyro recipe that’s made in an Instant Pot!
Or you could have a Greek barbecue! Make these wonderful Beef Souvlaki. What’s souvlaki? Well it’s meat on skewers! Here’s my recipe!
2 Tbs. Minced Garlic
1 Tbs. Rosemary
1 Tbs. Fresh Mint chopped
1 Tbs. Fresh Parsley chopped
1 Tsp. Ground Cloves
1 Tbs. Oregano
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Tbs. Salt
1/2 Tbs. Pepper
Mix all ingredients together and place in a bowl or large ziplock bag
6 Ribeye Steaks – trim the fat and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Green Peppers cut into chunks
1 Large Onion cut into chunks
1 Container Mushrooms
Place meat in marinade and toss to cover all the meat
Marinate in the refrigerator overnight
Just before cooking put the meat on bamboo or metal skewers alternating meat with the veggies
Grill until the meat is done to your taste
Serve with salad, rice, tzatziki sauce, pita bread or whatever you prefer.
Hope you love this Beef Souvlaki as much as we do!