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SPANISH-STYLE STEAMED MUSSELS

The idea of marrying one of Greece’s most ancient spices to dishes from other parts of the Mediterranean is at the heart of this book. Spanish seafood dishes marry especially well with Mastiha.

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FISH FILLETS WITH ORANGE, MASTIHA AND GREEN OLIVE SALSA

The salsa is what gives this easy fish dish its punch. You may serve the salsa with grilled or poached salmon, perch, fresh halibut or cod and more.

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BAKED SARDINE DOLMAS WITH MASTIHA-TOMATO SAUCE

There are certain Greek classics I wanted to include in a book about Mastiha. Dolmades the savory stuffed grape leaves that have become synonymous with Greek cuisine, are presented in a slightly modern version below, wrapped around the quintessential Mediterranean sardine and served with a Mastiha-flavored tomato sauce.

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RED MULLET PACKETS PERFUMED WITH MASTIHA

Fish baked in paper is a technique much loved from Greece to Spain.

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PROVENCAL CHICKEN STEW WITH A TOUCH OF MASTIHA

Mastiha liqueur replaces white wine in this otherwise typical Provencal dish.

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ORANGE CHICKEN WITH CINNAMON, GINGER AND MASTIHA

Orange, cinnamon, ginger and Mastiha call to mind memories of the spice trails. The quartet makes this easy roasted chicken a weeknight treat.

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MASTIHA LAMB SOUVLAKI WITH PISTACHIO PESTO

Mastiha and pistachios are first cousins, born of trees in the same family. They are a perfectly natural match.

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SKILLED-SEARED LAMB CHOPS RUBBED WITH MASTIHA

Lamb, the quintessential Mediterranean meat, is savored by all, regardless of religious or ethnic heritage. All over the Mediterranean one finds lamb chops on the grill. This dish begs to differ by proposing the chops be seared in a skillet. Mastiha makes up part of the marinade, infusing its aroma in the lamb long before it meets the hot surface of a griddle.

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MASTIHA PANNA COTTA WITH PRESERVED CHIOS MANDARIN IN SYRUP

If you’re shopping at a mastihashop and happen upon a jar of Chios’s classic spoon sweet, grab it and savor it down to the last teaspoon. If you can’t find this rare, delicious spoon sweet, you can top the panna cotta with any citrus-flavored Greek fruit preserve or with fresh fruit and a drizzling of honey.

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GREEK YOGURT CHEESE CAKE WITH MASTIHA

Mastiha works surprisingly well in all sorts of white desserts, from the panna cotta a few pages back, to this Greek inspired cheese cake that makes use of the country’s delicious, thick, strained yogurt, which is now available widely all over Western Europe and the United States.

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LEMON-MASTIHA POUNDCAKE

Preheat oven to 325°F (165˚C) and butter and flour a 1-quart loaf pan, tapping out excess flour.

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