Fava is a popular appetizer in Greece somewhat similar to hummus, but unlike it, it is made from yellow-skinned peas. Fava is easy to prepare and can be served both hot and cold, for example with good bread or vegetables. It also tastes fresh after preparation. And after cooling, you can store it in the fridge for a few days. The proportions that I give in the recipe are enough to prepare a medium-sized bowl.
1. The preparation of the fava begins with soaking the peas. After a few hours, drain it and rinse thoroughly under running water. Then, place the peas in a pot and pour water so that its level reaches 1-1.5 cm above the pea level. We add bay leaves.
2. Fry chopped onions (and possibly garlic) in olive oil until they are glazed and add to the pea pot. Peas cook over low heat under cover for 1-1½ hours until tender, stirring once in a while.
3. At the end of cooking, the peas will begin to overcook and disintegrate. If it absorbs all liquid before the end of cooking, add some hot water. At the end, remove the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.
4. Mix the cooked peas with a blender. When mixing, add about 1/3 of the cup of olive oil and lemon juice. We translate into a bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of oregano and optionally pour it over with olive oil.
It can be served with finely chopped onion or parsley.
Dakos called also koukouvayia is one of the most popular meze in Crete. Some say it is a Greek bruschetta. It is a simple and fast snack, at the same time very healthy and tasty.
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.
Melitzanosalata is another application of popular aubergines in Greece. Delicious pasta, in which the main role is played by this unique vegetable, can be an addition to meat dishes but above all it will be great as a bread paste with which it really tastes great. It is easy to prepare and it is worth doing in the summer when fresh local aubergines are available.