TirokafteriServes: makes 1 bowl

Tirokafteri Recipe by Maria Benardis from her book “My Greek Family Table” winner of the prestigious 2009 Gourmand World Cook Book Award – Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book and ebook “A Greekalicious Feast”


“Tiro’ is derived from the Greek word tiri (cheese) and kafteri means hot, so essentially tirokafteri means a hot cheese. Traditionally it is made with feta and hot peppers or chillies, but my version has a few extras.


250 g greek feta cubed

1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ teaspoon dried wild oregano

1–2 small fresh chillies, seeded and fi nely chopped

Handful of basil leaves

2 spring onions, chopped

Cracked pepper

How to make Torikafteri 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix well until the mixture is smooth.

Serve as part of a meze plate or with crusty bread.

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