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.
A version with cheese and honey for the first time we ate in a secluded tavern on the Nida Plateau. Already at the time of frying this dish promised to be promising, but their taste was really delicious and exceeded our expectations. So we asked the Greek woman who prepared it for the preparation details. The combination of cheese, mint, honey and cinnamon is so unearthly that for a moment you can forget about how much caloric this dish is.
It is best to fry Kalitsounia quite briefly in deep oil, so that the dough turns golden. Long frying in our opinion causes that they become too hard. The original recipe requires unsalted myzithra cheese, but unfortunately in Poland you may have problems buying it. As a replacement you can use Italian ricotta.
More than 40 calories can be prepared from the proportions of the dough given in the recipe. Of course, however, it all depends on how much you roll out the dough and how big the pieces will be cut. Part of the portion can be left to fry the other day. Kalitsounia will not lose their quality.
1. In the bowl, prepare the filling: thoroughly mix the cheese, chopped fresh mint, ground cinnamon and sugar.
2. Preparation of the dough begins with the mixing of oil, eggs and milk. Then gradually add the flour and salt, and then make it so that a smooth and elastic dough is formed.
3. Divide the dough into several parts, each thinly rolled out. Using a mold or a fairly wide glass, cut the circles, and put the unused sections to re-roll.
4. For each piece of cake, put a small spoon of stuffing. Do not overdo it with its quantity, because during the frying dumplings can open. The stuck edges of the dough can still be formed into characteristic cloves with a fork, while we used a ravioli to which we simply cut the edges.
5. Fry the kalistounia gradually in a deeply hot oil. In our opinion, it is enough to fry them until the cake becomes golden. After frying, drain them on paper towels with excess oil and put on plates. Pour the dish over with honey and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
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.
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.
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.