Are nuts/peanuts common in Greek food?

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By Elisabeth on Thu, 05-13-04, 14:46

A local Greek Orthodox church will be having its annual festival this weekend. It is a 3 day affair and food plays a very big part of it. It has been about 3 years since I have gone to the festival. The last time I went, it was before I became concerned about the presence or absence of nuts in my meals. I know that some of the pastries use a lot of nuts, and I intend to avoid these. What about salads? Soups? Meat dishes? Do they use any peanut oil or is it strictly olive oil?

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By robinlp on Thu, 05-13-04, 15:15

I am not sure if nuts are prevelent in greek food or not. Personally I wouldn't take the chance unless you can speak directly w/ the person who prepared the food. You never know what someone may use as a special or secret ingredient.

[This message has been edited by robinlp (edited May 13, 2004).]

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By CorinneM1 on Thu, 05-13-04, 15:27

We go to a Greek place by us fairly often, but we have spoken with them about their use of peanuts/nuts in their dishes.

Our son loves pasticio, the dill peas, potatoes and gyro meat so we stay with that and avoid desserts.

But as the other poster mentioned, you may want to ask directly to make sure.

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By Chicago on Thu, 05-13-04, 22:39

All of the above advice is correct.

Traditionally Greek food would have walnuts or almonds, but who knows what substitutions might be made.

Go enjoy the music.

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By RyansMum on Thu, 05-13-04, 23:13

Hi Elisabeth,

Greetings from Sydney! Have a look at [url="http://www.allergyaction.org."]www.allergyaction.org.[/url] Under the section "Advice" Food List you'll find some good info - mind you, it shows the English allergen words translated to Greek but it may come in useful?

It would be olive oil used but the desserts do seem to be on the nutty side - halva, baklava etc. I guess too if you are dealing with a sesame allergy, caution with the tahini paste in the houmos.

Hope this is of some use.

Robyn

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By erik on Thu, 05-13-04, 23:49

I eat Greek food all the time, but I am only PA. I have found they don't use peanuts.

But they do use lots of other tree nuts, expecially in desserts. So if you are PA only. I would think of it as safe, but if you are TNA, you will need to be more careful.

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By solarflare on Fri, 05-14-04, 17:38

There is a big Greek Orthodox church down the street from where I went to high school, and they always have a big festival this time of year. I went every year I lived in the area.

The only thing I'd be concerned about are the desserts, particularly the baklava. Jason's first allergic reaction to nuts was from a piece of baklava.

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Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TnA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (1 suspected milk allergy)

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Jason 10 mfa pn/tn/sesame/coconut/shellfish/squid
Joey 8
Allie 5 mfa milk/pn/tn
Ryan 2

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By Elisabeth on Mon, 05-17-04, 16:22

Well, Saturday I went to the festival and really enjoyed myself. I avoided the desserts and had a platter which included 2 keftedes, 2 dolmades, 3 spanakopita and 3 tiropita. I haven't any idea how you pronounce all that, but it sure tasted good.

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By CorinneM1 on Mon, 05-17-04, 16:32

Quote:Originally posted by Elisabeth:
[b]Well, Saturday I went to the festival and really enjoyed myself. I avoided the desserts and had a platter which included 2 keftedes, 2 dolmades, 3 spanakopita and 3 tiropita. I haven't any idea how you pronounce all that, but it sure tasted good.[/b]

What are keftede and tiropitas? I don't know how to pronounce many of the dishes either, but you are also safe using the words "spinach pie" instead of spanakopita. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] At least I do...I can't get that one right to save my life.

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By Elisabeth on Mon, 05-17-04, 17:14

Fortunately the menu had a brief description of each dish.

Spanakopita is "a tasty blend of feta and other cheeses mixed with fresh spinach, wrapped in fillo pastry and baked."

Tiropita is "delicate fillo pastry stuffed with eggs, feta, and other cheeses."

Dolmades is "rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice and beef and topped with lemon egg sauce."

Keftedes is "Greek meatballs in tomato sauce."

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