Tirokafteri ( τυροκαυτερή ) is a popular addition to bread or pita, which can also be obtained in a tavern as a meze. It can be described as a Greek paste made of feta cheese and paprika. It sounds simple, but in practice, tirokafteri can be prepared in several different ways. Depending on the region, it can be either raw or baked red chillies. Garlic or olive oil can also be added, but it is not necessary. So how to prepare tirokafteri and from what? The recipe for chilli tirokafteri is already on our website, so today we will give you the method of roasted pepper tirokafteri.
1. We start the preparation by baking the peppers. How to do it? You preheat the oven to about 180-190 degrees. You put the peppers in a casserole dish or simply on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Of course, the peppers must be rinsed beforehand. We don't cut it up before baking, but some do. And you will do as you like
2. The pepper must be baked until its skin turns black. This generally takes around 30-40 minutes. It's just worth keeping an eye on her condition.
3. After baking, the peppers should be carefully put into the pot, tightly covered with a lid and left for 15-20 minutes. Some people recommend putting the peppers in a plastic bag, but in my opinion the pot is more convenient, and we don't use another plastic senselessly. What's all this for? In order to quickly and easily remove the skin from the peppers. If you have roasted it completely, this is also the time to cleanse it of seeds and nests.
4. Put the peeled and cleaned pepper into a chopper, add a little crushed feta, yogurt, oregano and vinegar (and optionally olive oil) and then mix. However, do not mix the ingredients into a smooth paste, but rather leave a light texture. Feta is salty, so in our opinion tirokafteri does not require salting. If you don't have red wine vinegar, experiment with what you have. We recently added an interesting vinegar with rosemary (of course from Crete) and it turned out great too.
5. The ready paste is best put into a clay vessel. It will absorb any excess water if the consistency of the paste is too light. Sprinkle it with a pinch of oregano on top. The paste is the most delicious right after preparation, although it can be stored for several days in the refrigerator.
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.
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.
When looking for new ways to prepare asparagus, we took inspiration for the Greek cuisine. Although they are not included in the traditional ingredients of Greek cuisine, the modern Greeks eat these vegetables and have their own ways of preparing them. Following them, we have prepared a slightly original recipe, in which simplicity, olive oil and feta reign. In our opinion, a fantastic dish came out of it.