The popular vegetable in Crete is okra (also called bamie), which can often be found in local greengrocers. Although it looks a bit like a green chili pepper, its skin is not as smooth and it is covered with a tiny fleck. This very healthy and low-calorie vegetable is unfortunately virtually unheard of in Poland. If you would like to try it, it's worth doing it while in Crete. Just look for one of the local taverns, which serves dishes prepared on the basis of okra. You can of course prepare it yourself, especially if you have a decently equipped kitchen on site. When choosing a food circle, one should be guided by its size. In the case of this vegetable works the rule that the smaller it the better. Large, over-sized copies are not suitable for food because they are hard and bast. So it's best to choose pods no more than about 8 cm. The smallest 5-6 cm will be ideal.
1. Rinse the collar and cut off stalks, or the characteristic cap at the end. Then let it soak for about an hour in water with a tablespoon of salt and 2-3 tablespoons of wine vinegar. This treatment will remove sticky juice from the okra, which after passing into the sauce later could change its consistency. After this time, we drain off the pods.
2. In a large pot, fry the finely chopped onions in olive oil and after a few minutes, add a chopped clove of garlic. Put onion into the onion, tomatoes grated or finished, ground from a can, chopped parsley and some water.
3. Bring the dish to a boil and then reduce the heat. The dish is stewed under cover for about half an hour. It should be soft, but it should not be overcooked. At the end of cooking, season with salt and pepper. Our dish was especially tasty with fresh bread and chilled retsin.
Depending on the region, its preparation and components differ slightly. That is why today we provide a recipe for a slightly more complex version of this delicious vegetable casserole. You will need a little more ingredients to make it, which will be layered in different layers
Greeks have to admit that they know how to make delicious food from the spinach popular in this region. Of course, spinach in the Greek version has nothing to do with the little appetizing mash that is usually made in Polish homes. Spinach combined with feta served in a filo pastry can occur in the form of a large casserole (Spanakopita Σπανακόπιτα) or in the form of small croissants (Tiropites Τυροπιτες). Spanakopita is a popular dish and is one of our favorite Greek dishes. The ingredients for its preparation are available in our stores.
Although the recipe for kolokithokeftedes has been on our site for a long time, we decided to publish the second version of the recipe. Kolokithokeftedes in this way we ate recently with our Cretan friends. Pancakes prepared in this way have tasted us so much that we asked for a way of preparing :)