Greek recipe: wild boar with prunes and spices

wild boar with prunes and spices

With automn at the door, this is the time of year where restaurants fill their menus with game meat. Greek gastronomy makes no exception to the tradition.

This month, we therefore propose to you a recipe coming straight from the country of Cretan diet and with an ancestral wine history. Andreas Gavris, chef-patron at Gastrodromio restaurant at the foothills of Mt Olympus in Litochoro village (, proposes wild boart with prunes and spices and makes nice suggestions as to what type of wine will best accompany this tasteful dish.

Ingredients for 6 people:

1,200 gr of wild boar boneless cut in portions
36 dried prunes pitted
150 gr olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
200 gr red wine
500gr tomatoes diced
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp sugar
salt, black pepper
allspice seeds


1 Heat the olive oil and brown the meat. Add the onion and stir until it changes colour.
2 Add the wine, the tomatoes and all the spices. After getting a strong boil skim.
3 Cover well with foil and bake in the oven until almost tender meat (2 - 2 ½ hours).
4 Add the prunes and simmer without a lid for about 10 minutes to swell and soften.
(Take care not to leave the food without fluids. If necessary, add a little water but not too much otherwise the sauce will become watery)

Wine pairing:

A truly rich in flavour dish, slow cooked that has developed flavour complexity needing an equally complex wine with tension. You will be delighted by a Xinomavro from Naoussa especially if you have left in in your cellar for few years. But lovers of rich Greek wines from international varieties like Syrah or Merlot have found the perfect combination.

Source: New Wines of Greece

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