Perfect Greek Dish to Eat with Tomato Soup?
Jan 21, 2021
Where does your mind go if you were asked to pick the best food to pair with tomato soup?
If you’re like most people, you thought of a grilled cheese sandwich. And that’s certainly a good choice. It’s hard to beat a perfectly toasted bread with just the right amount of cheese melted to perfection unless you consider a crispy, golden Greek tiropita or a freshly baked pita bread.
Once you open your mind to the possibilities, you’ll see grilled cheese sandwiches pale in comparison to the Greek delicacies we’ve compiled for you here.
But first, you need the right tomato soup.
Greek Style Tomato Soup
Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable in the US, and there’s no doubt that many people here enjoy them in all their forms. But in Greece, tomatoes are unique in a way few other ingredients are.
You’ll seldom find a Greek home without tomatoes, and tomato is the star of many Greek dishes. And a lot of their popularity comes down to how aromatic and tasty the tomato varieties are in Greece. So, to make a fantastic Greek tomato soup, you’ll start with San Marzano canned tomatoes.
Here’s everything you’ll need for approximately 4-½ cups of soup:
- ¼ cup chopped onions
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 28 oz. can San Marzano tomatoes
- 1 cup water – rinse the tomato can and reserve the water
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp chopped dill weed
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ cup crumbled feta plus additional for topping
- 1 cup half & half
Put the butter and olive oil into a soup pot and add your chopped onion when the butter melts. Saute the onions, frequently mixing to prevent scorching. When they’re translucent and soft, transfer them into a blender.
Add the tomatoes, water, oregano, dill, salt, pepper, and a ¼ cup of crumbled feta to the blender with the sauteed onions. Pulse all the ingredients until you achieve a rough chop and pour them back into the soup pot. Avoid liquefying the soup completely; you still want to leave some bite to it. Aim for a consistency thinner than baby food but thicker than broth.
Put the soup pot back on the stove on medium heat and add the half and half. Continue stirring gently until the soup is hot, but don’t bring it to a boil. Once heated, serve in bowls and garnish with the remaining feta and fresh dill.
Once your soup is ready, all you’re missing is that perfect pairing, and we’ve got a lot of them lined up below.
Lemon & Vine Cheese Tiropitas Triangles
If you’re looking for that traditional grilled cheese feel with a fresh twist, look no further than tiropitas. Tiropita triangles are a bite-sized twist on a classic Greek cheese filo pie.
Instead of a soggy piece of bread, you can enjoy a scrumptious cheese pie stuffed with feta cheese. The tangy feta provides the perfect counterpoint to balance the sweet and savory tomatoes in the soup. And the flaky filo adds some much-needed texture.
In our opinion. tiropita triangles are far superior to white bread and cheese slices.
Classic Greek Gyros
Another excellent pairing for our Greek tomato soup is a gyro. If you have never had this typical Greek street food, you’re really missing out. It’s essentially grilled meat wrapped in soft pita bread and loaded with fresh toppings, such as tomato, onion, and a yogurt-based sauce called tzatziki.
If you want to make your own, it’s super simple. All you need is some grilled lamb or beef (marinated is preferred), cut into thin slices. You can also use ground meat shaped into long patties and pan-fried.
When the meat is done, assemble your gyros and dig in. Part of the reason gyros are so popular is their various toppings. So, let your creativity go wild with fresh herbs and vegetables. Of course, don’t forget to add some authentic Greek feta to complete the flavor profile.
If you like wrapping your gyros, try dipping them into the tomato soup for a perfect bite that ties all the flavors together.
Baked Flakey Spanakopita
Maybe you like to mellow the dominant taste of feta in the tiropita. If that’s the case, you can try the more mellow version of cheese tiropitas, the spanakopita.
Like tiropita, spanakopita can also be folded into triangles perfect for use as an appetizer or side dish. Spinach helps balance out the feta taste, so you can let the tomato soup do most of the talking with this pairing.
You can make spanakopitas at home. But it’s rarely worth the trouble of thawing out filo, sauteing spinach, layering the ingredients, folding them, baking them, and so on.
Instead, you can just get some of our ready-to-bake frozen spanakopita. Our hand-made spanakopitas combine spinach, pine nuts, feta, and spices into an experience you won’t soon forget. And they can be ready in the time it takes you to prepare your soup. Imagine pulling freshly baked spanakopitas just as you’re serving a ladle-full of rich, thick tomato feta soup.
To be fair, keftethes aren’t so much a dish you can eat along with tomato soup as much as they are a way to elevate it to a whole different level. After all, what better way is there to spruce up a tomato soup than with scrumptious Greek-style meatballs? Hint: there isn’t one.
If you think mikro keftethes are just meatballs, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more flavor and aroma is packed into these little guys. Mikro keftethes are a small version of the more traditional keftethes, and they’re ideal for adding to soups and sauces for texture, flavor, and pizzazz.
Keftethes are typically served with a tomato sauce, so the flavors already line up perfectly. All you need is a slice of your favorite bread, and you have a complete, hearty meal.
And here’s the best part.
If you have any leftovers, you’re minutes away from a delicious pasta sauce. Reheat the leftover tomato soup with keftethes and simmer it until it reduces slightly. Then, toss it with your favorite pasta with a simple green salad for another quick and easy meal. If you’re having guests over, grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top for that added wow factor.
The Perfect Soup Deserves the Perfect Side
As you can see, Greek cuisine is full of great options to eat with tomato soup. Not only that, but there are a ton of great recipes for Greek tomato soup you can try. Typically, Greek soups tend to be herbaceous and bright rather than rich and creamy like those we’re used to in the US. But if you give this recipe a chance, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
So, what’s your favorite thing to pair with tomato soup? We always enjoy hearing about other people’s food experiences (and Greek food, especially!). Leave a comment or contact us using the form on this page to get in touch.
Until next time,