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. We liked tirokafteri with the addition of Greek yogurt, which soothes the taste of feta and hot pepper, and at the same time allows you to achieve a much lighter consistency.
Tirokaferi is very simple and quick to cook. It's enough to mix ingredients together and you can already serve it as a meze with delicious bread. We strongly urge you to try this slightly spicy paste.
1. Cut the peppers along, remove seeds, and then chop in a crusher.
2. Of course, feta with yoghurt can be mixed by hand, but it will be much easier to do this with a blender in which we previously chopped the pepper.
3. After pre-mixing the dairy products and peppers into a blender cup, pour in a measured amount of oil and vinegar, then stir again until a homogeneous mass is obtained.
4. Put the ready paste into an earthen bowl, which will absorb excess moisture. This is especially important if you plan to store it until the next day.
5. Paste no salt, because a sufficient amount of salt is already in the feta itself. After putting it into a bowl, sprinkle the whole with wild mountain oregano from Crete. This dish tastes best together with fresh bread.
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.
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.
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.