This past spring I went to Greece with a friend of mine and her roommate. I expected the typical gyro and lamb food-heaven, but I actually found a lot of chicken dishes and various cheeses! Most of the cheese I am not familiar with but the first one I noticed of course was feta.
It was our first night of the trip and we were in Santorini. We asked for recommendations for dinner and the woman at the front desk of our hotel recommended an inexpensive place to eat within walking distance. The restaurant is called the Kypa Nikh. I saw something on their menu called "baked feta"... I had no idea what to expect and it ended up being amazing!
The baked feta is served warm, topped with tomatoes and pepper, and I think it's typically eaten with a fork. I however, asked for a loaf of bread to eat it with. For the remainder of the trip we tried to order this or some other form of baked and/or grilled cheese.
|Baked feta dish at Kypa Nikh|
Unfortunately, when I got home I couldn't find a good recipe that seemed to replicate what we had. BUT I did find another Greek cheese recipe I want to share :-)
Whipped feta with cucumbers
from Food & Wine Magazine Nov '11
1 lbs feta cheese, cut into 2 pieces - room temp
1/4 lbs cream cheese - softened
2 Tbs heavy cream
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cucumbers - halved, seeded and cut into 1/2" dice
1 Tbs chopped oregano
Salt and fresh pepper
Toasted pita for serving - I used sea salt crackers
|Cracker topped with whipped feta|
and marinated cucumber
- In a bowl, cover feta with water and let stand for 30 min
- Drain and crumble feta
- Transfer to food processor and puree - I made this in the KitchenAid stand mixer
- Add cream cheese, heavy cream, 2 Tbs olive oil, and 1 Tbs lemon juice
- Process until smooth
- Refrigerate for 1 hour
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss cucumbers with remaining 2 Tbs of olive oil, 1 Tbs lemon juice, and oregano
- Season with salt and pepper
- Cover and chill for 1 hour
- Serve feta lightly chilled with the cucumbers and toasts
I've never really been a huge fan of Greek food but it's my new obsession. Since I've been back, I've been enjoying Greek yogurt topped with honey almost every day for my work breakfast. For just a few moments, it really brings me back to Greece.