Chickpea patties (Revithokeftedes)

This is the Greek version of falafel. Instead of grinding raw chickpeas, we cook and then mash them to shape the patties. The mixture keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serves 4-5 as a meze

2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked in plenty of cold water overnight
Sea salt
1 /3 cup olive oil, plus additional olive and safflower oil for frying
1 ½ cup onions, chopped
6 scallions, chopped
1 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Plenty of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup flour, for dredging (more…)


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Tiganopites: Olive Oil Pancakes with Spicy Cheese

The somewhat complicated shaping of these pancakes gives them a crackling texture, similar to that of cream crackers. The Samos tiganopites are topped with dermatotyri, a salty and sharp goat and sheep’s milk cheese, that is left to age inside a sheep’s hide.

For 40 small pancakes, 8-10 servings

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 4 tablespoons
1 small egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup warm water, or more, as needed

Olive oil for frying
2/3 cup coarsely grated aged Manchego, any hard cheese from Sardinia, or well aged Cheddar cheese (more…)


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FAVA Revuelto or Strapatsada

I substituted my garden’s fava pods for the elegant green asparagus in David Tanis’ brilliant Spanish Asparagus Revuelto; the result is a humble, yet deliciously satisfying dish of scrambled eggs with fava and garlic.



Inventive Mediterranean cooks use any seasonal vegetable, herb or green, and combine them with eggs to make frittata or froutalia —the Greek version. I am thrilled to discover revueltos, the simple Spanish stir-fry of vegetables and eggs, similar to what we call strapatsada in Greece –from the Italian uova strapazzate(scrambled eggs). (more…)


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