Recent statistics show that the Greeks outperformed the French in terms of average annual cheese consumption, which is currently more than 32 kg per person in Greece. This is not a special surprise, because the Greeks replace meat that they do not eat too much. Cheese in Greek cuisine has many uses and it is easier to name dishes in which it is not a component than vice versa. The popular feta or mizithra are found not only in salty but also in sweet dishes. For example, let the feta, described here, baked in filo with honey and sesame. It is a quick and very simple snack.
Feta flavor can be enriched with a mastic, but it is possible to buy only in Greece, so if you do not have it, it's hard. Some also add fresh thyme to the cheese, which gives the feta a slightly different good taste. We, for our part, are encouraged to try the basic version of the recipe first. In this dish, the delicate feta will work best.
1. Warm up the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. When it warms up to the set temperature, we prepare packages with feta cheese.
2. We slice the patties of filo pastry in half. We wrap each feta cube with two sheets. We spread each batter of the dough first with olive oil. We put cheese on the prepared filo and then wrap it. We do the same with the second filo patch.
3. We put both finished packets on a flat baking tray and place in the oven. We bake feta for 20 minutes to obtain a golden color. Heat the hot dish with honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
This dish can also be fried on hot oil in a pan. However, in this case, the filo doughs are pre-lubricated with olive oil during preparation.
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.
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 pita bread.
Grilled vegetables are often hosted on Greek tables as an addition to larger dishes or as an independent starter. In one of the taverns last year, we enjoyed a grilled pepper stuffed with feta cheese. Delicious and very fast to prepare. It tastes brilliantly combined with ordinary fried potatoes sprinkled with herbs.