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.
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.
Tzatziki is one of the simplest and most popular Greek sauces, which will be a great addition to many dishes. Although it is usually served to gyros in pita pancakes, it will also be great for grilled and fried vegetables or as an addition to meats.
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.