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.
Dolmades is one of the most popular Greek meat dishes. It occurs both in the vegetarian version and with meat. Young grape leaves are needed to prepare them. And it is in the leaves that the key to success lies. They must be young and very delicate. The best and the most delicate ones are collected around May. However, if you do not have the opportunity to collect fresh leaves, you can use ready-made leaves from the lagoon. However, the effect will be better if you use fresh leaves.
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.
Greek cheese balls fried in deep oil, probably some of you know from vacation journeys. The Greeks serve them with lemon, which emphasizes the taste of melted cheeses. The rich composition of the taste is thanks to the three cheeses from which they are made. Slightly spicy salty feta, sweet and soft Gouda and mature cheddar complement each other, but their flavor can be enriched by adding herbs, such as mint. This tasty snack is unfortunately a good calorie bomb, so if someone counts calories, Tirokroketes will not be a good choice.