Dakosy is one of the most popular snacks in Crete. It is simple and fast to prepare, and at the same time very healthy and tasty. Its taste is primarily determined by the high quality of all ingredients. The dakos name actually refers to the pancakes (paximadia) that are needed to prepare it. Ready biscuits can be bought without any problem in Greek supermarkets, so it's worth coming back from vacation to complete your luggage with their parcel. In Poland, you can easily buy them at kreta24.pl . In our opinion, these are some of the best paximadia that we had the opportunity to eat.
Rukhas (paximadia) are made in a traditional way from barley flour, salt and yeast. Barley flour is a source of valuable ingredients and vitamins from the B group, and fiber, whose beneficial action allows to reduce the level of bad cholesterol. This flour has the lowest glycemic index of cereals, which allows for lowering the blood sugar level. All this makes these rusks in combination with tomatoes and olive oil a very healthy and filling snack. We, for our part, are strongly encouraged to try the dakos in Crete in some small family tavern, because in such places they will be the best.
However, if you would like to prepare them yourself, it is very simple.
1. Tomatoes are grated on a grater with a thick mesh. We throw the skin out, and the tomatoes are drained from the excess of water.
2. Rinse the rusks quickly under running water. It should be done quickly, because the water soaked with water begins to disintegrate.
3. Pour each half with a small amount of olive oil (about a tablespoon).
4. On each rusk, put a spoon (or more - depending on its size) of the grated tomatoes, which we slightly solicate.
5. Finely crumble Myzithra or feta and put on dakosy. Each sprinkle with a pinch of oregano, pour the oil. On top, we put a few olives and it's ready!
Tirokafteri is a Greek dip made on the basis of feta, excellent for bread or grilled vegetables. The way it is seasoned differs depending on the region of Greece. You can find versions with the addition of garlic, lemon juice, hot pepper or oregano. In the most orthodox version it consists only of feta, olive oil and hot pepper.
Although many people avoid street food, we, for our part, encourage you to use such places in Greece. Your particular interest should be aroused by places where there are swarms of local Greeks. And do not worry about how this place looks like, the oilcloth on the tables and a collection of not-perfect-looking chairs can be a harbinger of tasty (albeit not always cheap) food. Of course, choose with your head and wisely, rather we advise against all kinds of hamburgers, ice cream shops and small gastronomy based on continental quick delicacies. However, places offering products based on fragments of local cuisine can turn out to be really interesting discoveries. This is how we discovered pancakes stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.
When looking for new ways to prepare asparagus, we took inspiration for the Greek cuisine. Although they are not included in the traditional ingredients of Greek cuisine, the modern Greeks eat these vegetables and have their own ways of preparing them. Following them, we have prepared a slightly original recipe, in which simplicity, olive oil and feta reign. In our opinion, a fantastic dish came out of it.