Greece was greatly impacted by the Nazi occupation during World War II. Nearly 13,000 Jewish soldiers from Greece fought against Italian forces, but they were later overtaken by German troops. At the height of the Jewish population, there were about 53,000 members of the Jewish community in Greece. After World War II, only a few more than 1,500 returned. Of the 53,000 Jews in Greece, more than 46,000 were taken to Auschwitz. Today there are approximately 14,000 Jews in Greece.

Despite the negative effects of World War II on the Greek Jewish population, a heritage still survived. Jewish Penicillin recipes with a Greek influence are some of the most sought after to this day. Greek foo

d tends to have a one of a kind taste with hints of turmeric and dill.


4 cups lower sodium chicken broth
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
½ cup white rice, uncooked
12 ounces firm tofu, cubed
1 TB olive oil
¼ TSP turmeric
¼ cup lemon juice, fresh
2 TB fresh dill, chopped
Pepper to taste


  1. Heat the broth and rice in a large saucepan until boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Measure two cups of the rice into a blender.
  4. Add tofu, turmeric, and oil.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour tofu puree into the remaining rice mixture.
  7. Add chicken, lemon juice, dill, and black pepper to taste.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Allow chicken to heat through and serve hot.