Greek Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church's celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and told her she would bear the son of God.
As usal, we Greeks correlate every single national holiday with food!
But before we move on to this special menu I prepared for you... let's take a look back at our history..
How did all of these customs begin?
The Orthodox Church allows the consumption of fish twice during the 40 days of Lent (Sarakosti). Those days are... the Annunciation of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) and Palm Sunday.
Fresh fish has always been abundant on the Greek Islands but not for the rest of the mainland, in those days. Salted fish was the best solution, as it was easy to find and could be preserved out of the refrigerator. This is how cod became a traditional food and as a result the national dish for the 25th of March.
You simply must try making this national dish of fish and chips with your own delicious homemade frying batter. Serve it with Skordalia, the side dish it is always served with, which is a potato and garlic mash. It is an unforgettable combo! Don't forget to prepare homemade Fries and trust me, everyone will love you and will be asking for more!
But before you start frying, follow my guidelines on how to desalt it correctly! This is the most important part of the recipe that ensures you make the tastiest codfish!
You can also go British and serve your codfish with mushy peas and a lovely tartar sauce! Beautiful colors and a variety of dipping sauces! Of fourse don't forget your homemade fries that are always the perfect side dish.
For kids who are the most demanding and critical, you can cook the ultimate tuna burgers, codfish burgers or even these tasty codfish balls to present your fish in an alternative and more delicious way. If you would like to add a little more fish variety, I suggest you make a bunch of the crunchiest fried smelt you have ever had!
This is the traditional Greek Independance Day menu! It's a revolution I tell you!! I hope you try it and love it!