We were eating this meal for the first time in Rethymno in one of the humble family taverns outside the main tourist trail. We were surprised by the slightly different taste of breadcrumbs that we wanted to recreate in our kitchen. As we have managed to establish with the friendly Greeks, it is the addition of beer that is responsible for this characteristic taste. However, apart from all the qualities and the modest appearance of this dish, one can not forget that it is very caloric. For this reason, such prepared courgettes or eggplants are only suitable as an addition to the main dish. They taste very well in combination with tzatziki or simply Greek yogurt.
1. Wash courgettes and cut into thin and thin slices. We will sprinkle them with salt and leave for a few minutes.
2. At this time, we prepare crumbs. We mix all the ingredients starting with whipping the protein into a loose foam. The finished dough should have a texture reminiscent of pancake dough. It is worth mentioning that this coating is quite versatile and is also suitable for wrapping fish and other vegetables. After frying it is golden and crispy.
3. Dry courgettes with a paper towel, and then immerse it in the previously prepared dough.
4. Fry each piece of zucchini on both sides in hot oil to obtain a golden color. Place fried pieces of zucchini on paper towels to drain them from excess fat.
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.
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.
Kalitsounia is a quite labor-intensive dish similar to the dumplings. Like them, they can contain various types of filling, both in the salty and sweet versions. However, in contrast to the calitsounia dumplings, they are deeply fried in deep oil or baked in the oven.