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GREEK-STYLE "SOUFFLE" OF SPINACH AND GRAVIERA WITH MASTIHA

This easy one-pan dish is perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch or brunch. Sip a little iced Mastiha liqueur with it.

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FOCACCIA RUSTICA WITH MASTIHA

I wanted to test the uses of Mastiha beyond the bread-making traditions of Greece and found, to my delight, that it works especially well in the Italian classic, foccacia

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MASTIHA-SCENTED LEEK AND CHEESE TART

Leeks and cheese are a classic filling for savory pies all over Greece, and Mastiha works deliciously with both.

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SQUID INK RISOTTO WITH MASTIHA LIQUEUR

This black risotto is a Mediterranean classic, one of the most elegant and exotic dishes in all the region’s repertoire, made even more so with the subtle use of Mastiha.

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MASTIHA SPANAKORIZO (SPINACH AND RICE PILAF)

Spinach-rice pilaf is one of the most traditional dishes on the Greek table. Mastiha is a perfect match. Try this with a piece of simply grilled fish, such as salmon, or with a portion of sautéed shrimp.

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TAGLIATELLE WITH SHRIMP AND MASTIHA CREAM SAUCE

This dish takes its cue from a classic Greek taverna shrimp dish.

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SPAGHETTI WITH FRESH MASTIHA-TOMATO SAUCE AND BOCCONCINI

Here’s an all-time classic replete with soft, bobbing bocconcini balls and grecophied with the artful use of Greece’s most beguiling spice.

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CHILLED ROASTED PEPPER SOUP WITH MASTIHA-FETA CREAM

I have a special affinity for Mastiha, feta, and roasted red peppers. This soup essentially evolved out of one of my all-time favorite Greek dishes, a spicy whipped feta and pepper dip. Here, the quantities are reversed, the peppers in much greater quantities than the cheese

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CAULIFLOWER VELOUTE WITH SALMON ROE AND MASTIHA-SCENTED OLIVE OIL

Salmon roe or even caviar paired with cream of cauliflower make for one of the most intoxicating combinations of flavors, balanced subtly by the Mastiha Scented Olive oil, which is used as a garnish just before serving.

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WARM BROILED TOMATO SOUP WITH MASTIHA-YOGURT

Tomatoes and Mastiha were a surprise discovery for me, after I sampled Mastiha-flavored tomato sauce from mastihashop and was immediately won over by the easy pairing of the two. I borrow the idea below in this lovely, simple summer soup. Use the best vine-ripened fresh tomatoes.

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WINTER VEGETABLE VELOUTE WITH MASTIHA-SEARED SHRIMP

The secret to this velvety winter soup is in the garnish, a line or two of Mastiha-scented olive oil drawn through the soup to counter its richness with the lightly astringent scent of the spice.

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SAUTEED SHRIMP OR MUSSELS WITH MASTIHA VEGETABLES AND FETA

Here’s a take on the classic Saganaki, taverna fare from Athens to Adelaide, finished here with a decidedly nontraditional touch: Mastiha, of course.

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