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.
Taste melitzanosalaty can be enriched by adding garlic, which will enhance its taste. Some Greeks also add Greek yogurt. We, however, remain at the basic version adding only a clove of garlic.
1. Preparation of melitzanosalaty begins with baking an eggplant. Before putting it in the oven, prick the skin several times with a fork or cut it lengthwise in half. Bake the vegetable at 190 degrees for about 45 minutes.
2. After a slight cooling, we dig out the flesh from the skin and, together with the lemon juice and salt, mix it in the crusher.
3. Then add chopped onion, garlic, parsley and mix again adding olive oil. The paste should be quite dense and smooth. If necessary, season it with salt and a bit of lemon juice. It tastes even warmer, although the cold is also very tasty.
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.
Halloumi cheese comes from Cyprus, where its average consumption per capita is 8 kg per year. It is a white, semi-hard cheese made from unpasteurised sheep's milk, from a mixture of sheep and goats, possibly with the addition of cow's milk. Halloumi taste is sometimes enriched with the addition of mint.
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.