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Old 06-14-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Need help making a soup more " Greek"

Hi,
I'm making spinach pie tonight, and I thought I'd make a soup to go with it. I found a soup recipe online that is theoretically Greek. Im not Greek, so Im taking their word for it. The ingredients are ( carrots, onions, celery, olive oil, navy beans, tomato sauce, water. For the most part, after hydration the beans, the rest is add to pot and simmer for an hour.

Seems kinda simpler for me. Maybe it is authentic, and Im just too ignorant to know. The soup is simmering as Im typing this, and I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions what I can add to the soup , at this point, to " Greek" it up a bit? or should I just leave it as is ?? I have a few thoughts in my mind what I can do, I just don't want to sway peoples suggestions by mentioning them.

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Old 06-14-2015, 04:55 PM   #2
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Sounds like a fairly basic bean soup. Consider adding some mint to the pot and finishing with a squirt of lemon.
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:56 PM   #3
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Thinking lemon as well.
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:59 PM   #4
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Sounds like a fairly basic bean soup. Consider adding some mint to the pot and finishing with a squirt of lemon.
I agree, thats why I figured I'd ask around to see if I can make it less basic.

The lemon is a good idea. One of the things I had floating around in my mind.

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Old 06-14-2015, 05:06 PM   #5
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A little oregano would Greek it up a bit.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:15 PM   #6
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Just added a squirt of lemon, dash of oregano . Found some frozen Artichoke hearts in the freezer and tossed them in ( Not sure if they're Greek or not, but definitely Mediterranean ).
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:22 PM   #7
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As Kathleen's Greek friends would say "serve it with fries".

The soup may very well be authentic as is... not every authentic dish has the "Greek" flavor profile that is our idea of Greek food.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:25 PM   #8
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The soup may very well be authentic as is... not every authentic dish has the "Greek" flavor profile that is our idea of Greek food.
Exactly. The reviews kept saying" tastes the way my Grandmother made it ..." , but not having a Greek grandmother, I'm just trying to make it taste " Greek to me "
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:16 PM   #9
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Sounds like the only thing you need to do is change the name from bean soup to Fassolatha!

Classic White Bean Soup Recipe (Fassolatha)
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:43 PM   #10
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Add some thyme as well. Typically, the herbs and spices in Greek cuisine include: Greek Oregano, thyme, mint, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary. Lemon. A bit of crumbled feta cheese on top with some mint, thyme, and lemon zest.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:59 AM   #11
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I would definitely add some stoned olives and maybe some sundried tomatoes if you happen to have some. Garnish with a swirl of yoghurt and fresh chopped mint perhaps?
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:25 AM   #12
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Sounds all Greek to me ...
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:36 AM   #13
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I guess I 'Urned' that Charlie
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I guess I 'Urned' that Charlie
Oh, no I was not talking to you specifically, it was just the whole thread. Like an American Idiom: "It's all Greek to me" seemed funny att the moment.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:43 AM   #15
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It's fine, i was just joshing with you. It was funny.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:47 AM   #16
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Add cucumber. Greeks put cucumber in everything! You could also garnish it with crumbled feta cheese just before serving.
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