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Feta Cheese Spread (Htipiti or Tirokafteri)


Being the other half of a half Greek household, I have come to love all things Greek. 
One thing I love to eat when we visit Greece is a mildly spicy feta cheese spread called Htipiti or Tirokafteri. It tastes so good with some fresh pita or some crusty bread (don't forget to wash it down with plenty of Ouzo!).

Unfortunately, I couldn't find this yummy spread anywhere in the UK, so after a lot of trial and error I have come up with an authentic tasting recipe for one of my favourite Greek foods.

To make this easy spread you will need:-
2 packets of Feta cheese
6 ricotta stuffed hot cherry peppers (Sainsburys keep them next to the olives and dips)
1 lemon
5 cloves of garlic
Karyatis pickled chillies
Extra virgin olive oil

Place the Feta cheese on a nonstick baking tray, then place the  peppers, chillies and 2 slices of lemon ontop of the cheese. 
Put the cloves of garlic on the tray touching the sides of the Feta, then drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over everything.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade and then bake your ingredients for 10 minutes exactly. (If you leave it in to long the Feta drys out)

Cut the tops and tails off of the chillies and discard the seeds (you can gently squeeze them out, also throw away the lemon slices), now place all of the baked ingredients into a blender and blend on medium while slowly adding olive oil and the juice of half the lemon, keep doing this until you have a smooth thick texture. 

Transfer the spread into a sealable container, drizzle over a little more olive oil then seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.


I love to eat this on some freshly baked bread with a glass of Ouzo and Sprite!

2 comments

  1. I never actually thought of baking the ingredients before blending them for tirokafteri! Does it make the flavours more intense?

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  2. It actually makes everything smoother because feta can be quite sharp sometimes, it also develops the smokey flavour of the peppers- give it a go, can't go wrong!

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