Known as Galaktoboureko in Greek, Kahi in Arabic, and delicious in English. This buttery, fillo dough-layered dessert, has a delectable custard filling. Do I have your attention yet? If so, continue reading to learn more!
Like most people, I love Greek food. Growing up in Chicago, my best friend Jenny was Greek. Jenny’s family owned a Greek restaurant. Sometimes I think My Big Fat Greek Wedding was based on her family!
I’ll never forget when we first discovered how similar our food and recipes are. I told her my favorite Assyrian dish was dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and she said “we make the same dish, it’s called dolmathes.” I then told her about a dish called “fasolia” (long bean stew.) She nodded knowingly, “fasolada.” I asked if they made “Kefteh” (kabobs) and she exclaimed, “keftethes!” So what did we learn that day? Basically, “the root word of most Greek food names is actually Assyrian…there you go!” (My Big Fat Greek Wedding reference.) If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing, and go watch it now!
I thought I was a Greek food expert, thanks to Jenny. Then a lady that I follow on Instagram shared a recipe for “Galaktoboureko.” Although I’d never heard of this dessert before, I decided to make some for a women’s church event that I attended last night. I guess it was a big hit, because I came home with an empty platter!