May 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM ET
Can't get to Greece? Chef Maria Elia is sharing how to bring Greece to you with these three flavorful recipes from her cookbook "Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined."
Grilled lamb cutlets
Mix together the garlic, oregano, olive oil, and lemon juice in a non-reactive bowl, adding a generous pinch of salt and some pepper. Add the lamb cutlets and mix to combine evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for at least two hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan and cook the cutlets over high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on their thickness and your preferred "done-ness." Transfer to a plate and serve with lemon wedges.
Toast the fennel seeds in a small pan until fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and grind along with the garlic and a generous pinch of sea salt. Transfer to a bowl and mix with the yogurt.
Trim the fennel of any tough outer layers and finely chop, along with any fronds. Mix with the yogurt, then add the lemon juice and sugar and taste for salt. Refrigerate for an hour or so before use to allow the flavors to infuse. The tzatziki should keep well in the fridge for 3 days. Variations: Add some chopped mint for a fresher flavor and/or a little finely grated orange zest, especially good with fish.
"Village" (Greek) salad
Serves 4 generously
Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and olives together in a serving bowl and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Place the feta on top, sprinkle with the oregano, and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, if using. Serve immediately with crusty bread.