Oven baked cheese crisps made with Greek kefalotyri
Greeks love to have fun with cheese. We love to fry it, bake it and use it to top almost anything. Of course, we also like to serve it just as it is, and no party table is complete without at least one variety of delicious cheese, like feta, halloumi and kefalotyri. With such delicious Greek cheeses at our disposal, it is easy to understand the cheese obsession.
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Traditional recipe for spetzofai (spetsofai) – Greek sausages with peppers and tomato recipe
Σπετσοφάι. If you are looking for a traditional and simple rustic Greek recipe, this is it! Spetzofai (sometimes spelled spetsofai) is a humble food that is made with a few simple ingredients. This recipe is a shining example of how basic items, treated well, can produce something lovely!
Spetzofai (spetsofai) can either be served as a meal or as a meze. It goes amazingly well with ouzo, or ouzo based drinks like our ouzo lemonade. You should always try to serve it with some olives (our marinated olives would be perfect!) and cheese; feta or a nice sharp kefalotyri would be ideal accompaniments. And don’t forget the bread! A perfect spetzofai has just enough liquid that a nice piece of bread can soak it up and clean your plate.
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Loukaniko, or Greek sausage, stuffed with kefalotyri, a delicious Greek cheese
The Greek meze is a thing of beauty and loukaniko with kefalotyri is no exception. The variety and wealth of small plates available to enjoy with family and friends is endless and covers everything from vegan recipes like the famous fava from Santorini, to an endless array of pita (spanakopita always being a popular choice). You can serve marinated olives, little fried fish for the seafood lover and keftedes, or Greek meatballs, for the meat lover. All of this accompanied by something wonderful to drink, like straight ouzo, or a lovely ouzo cocktail makes feasting on small bites a very lovely thing to do.
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A Kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect quick and easy meze
We literally feel as though we have won the tapenade jackpot! Making an olive tapenade is pretty straightforward, but it can be a bit time consuming when you have to pit the olives yourself. Sure, you can use the canned black olives that taste like plastic if you like; those are usually pitted. But we’re fans of flavour, and great flavour at that so we prefer to make our tapenade with Kalamata olives; the pitting is worth it.
But what if we told you that you could make our amazing tapenade and not have to pit a thing! Wouldn’t that be amazing? It would be! And it is! The MEZE brand of pitted Kalamata sliced olives makes tapenade making a breeze. Simply add all ingredients to a food processor, give it a whiz, and you are good to go. Kalamata olive tapenade makes the easiest and most delicious appetizer!
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Baked feta with honey is a simple and delicious meze, perfect with crackers or bread.
We love feta. We always have. When we were kids, our parents would regularly host friends and family and our apartment would be busy with chatter, laughter and food. Whether it was going to be a big feast or a small and quaint buffet, one thing we always looked for was the feta. We were never disappointed.
Our parents served feta in a variety of ways. It was definitely incorporated into recipes like Greek salad or tyropitakia, and sometimes it was the star ingredient as it is in baked feta wrapped in phyllo. Feta is delicious no matter how it is served. We even loved it when feta pieces were drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a generous amount of dry oregano. Feta this way was always presented in the same.glass dish which we realized years ago was actually a banana split bowl, that never saw a banana split. Greek parents of that generation do not do banana splits. Ice cream was pretty much only Neopolitan.
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Fried phyllo wrapped feta with chili flakes, honey and crushed pistachios.
We really like you. We care about you, and wish only the best for you and your families. Some of you have been with us from the very beginning and we are so grateful. Some of you are newer friends and we are thrilled that you have decided to join our Mia Kouppa community. Without you, each of you, our little space on the internet would be much less fun and much more lonely!
Because we care so much about you we are asking, hoping, imploring that you to try this recipe for fried phyllo wrapped feta. We want it to change your lives, the way all of you have changed ours. Sounds overly dramatic? Maybe, but that’s probably because you haven’t tasted this yet. Try it, and then let us know if we exaggerated a little too much.
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Skordalia, the classic Greek garlic mashed potatoes or potato spread
Is it a puree? Is it mashed potatoes? Is it a spread? We’re not really sure what the best word is to describe skordalia. So, instead of trying to label skordalia, let’s just describe it. This is a recipe that mixes boiled and mashed potatoes with a lot (like, A LOT) of mashed garlic, vinegar and oil. Skordalia is creamy, tangy, definitely garlicky, and one of those recipes that we always think we should make more often.
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Crispy phyllo wrapped around a creamy and cheesy feta filling
When we were kids we had this really annoying habit of trying to lure our parents into picking a favourite amongst us. At the time we didn’t think it was annoying, but as parents now ourselves, we can fully appreciate how tiresome this would have been for our folks. We would do things like draw pictures and then go to our parents asking them which one they thought was nicer. Often times we would hold the picture we hadn’t actually drawn; we tried to be tricky that way. Or, we would ask them to consider questions like, “If there was only 1 koulouraki left, and we all wanted it, who would you give it to?” Other times we would ask them outright – Which kid do you love most?
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Alevropita is a quick, thin-battered feta pie
Sometimes we are so lazy! Like, stay in bed all day reading and eating bon-bons lazy. Or, too tired to cook so have cereal for dinner lazy. Or no one’s around to judge so I’m going to take the elevator one flight up lazy. It happens, and we don’t have the energy to pretend that it doesn’t.
Laziness however can also result in really lovely things, like alevropita. This is the cheese pie you want to make when you’re too lazy to make your own phyllo, when you’re too lazy to fold kalitsounia, and when you’re too lazy to spend much time in the kitchen.
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Thick cut country grilled bread with olive oil and oregano flavour.
Just when you thought bread couldn’t get any better, along comes this. If you have ever eaten in a Greek restaurant, either in Greece or elsewhere, you would have likely been served a basket of bread like this; thick cut slices of country bread brushed with olive oil and kissed with oregano, grilled so that they are at once crispy, toasty and yet still soft and able to sop up all sorts of deliciousness.
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