Feta Zucchini Fritters

Kolokithokeftedes. When Greeks hear this, their first thought is YUM while my Non-Greeks are more like HUH?! Let me simplify: Squash Fritters. Kolokithokeftedes are typically made with either pumpkin or zucchini squash depending on the season and while I’m a serious fan of pumpkin-I’ll wait to for fall to make that version. In the meantime, you’ve probably noticed that…

Greek Summer Salad

It’s funny how I can come home from Trader Joe’s with bags full of food and immediately begin debating what I should make for dinner. Sometimes, having too many options makes me feel as though I have none. Then, somewhere near the intersection of what I’m in the mood for, what might go bad soon and what I just…

Gluten-Free Tiropita

When it comes to food, there are some pairings that should never separate. I’ve heard of crustless pizzas and bunless burgers, but just can’t accept them as anything but wrong. For that reason, I was hesitant to try a Filoless Tiropita until I considered my cheese-loving friends with a gluten intolerance (stuck eating crustless pizzas and…

Tirokafteri: Spicy Feta Dip

There’s no doubt that, today, Greeks all over the world will be gathered to watch their team play against Costa Rica in the 2nd round of the World Cup. Being that it’s the first time Greece has made it this far, we’re excited to say the least. Of course, wherever Greeks gather, there is food. Enter: Spicy Feta…

Feta Herb Grits

Recently, I was in South Carolina for a friend’s wedding and was introduced to a few Southern phenomena. Don’t worry– I’m not about to recount the singing fudge makers, my discovery of a Trader Joe’s impostor or our adventurous trip to pick strawberries from a plantation that ended up being “picked-over.”  I’m here to share a…

Tomato, Olive, Feta & Shrimp Risotto

Since I started Sophaki Cooks, everyone asks the same question over and over again. Their past interest in my classes, work and other extracurricular activities has slowly disappeared and their newly found interest seems to be food. “What are you cooking?” When I’m asked this question, I know they don’t care what I’m making at that moment. They don’t…

Grilled Dakos

I know what you’re thinking. What is this? Salad? Really? After stuffed lamb burgers and  rice pudding, how could I possibly get excited about some boring vegetables? Au contraire mon ami! This simple recipe combines the famous Italian Panzanella with  the not-so-famous Cretan Dako (Ntako) for a flavor that will make a vegetable lover out of…

Feta-Stuffed Lamb Sliders

A cooking technique everyone should master is the Greekify. Heard of it? Probably not, (likely because I made it up) but here’s how you can put it into practice: 1. Choose a favorite recipe 2. Swap out some key ingredients for traditionally Greek options i.e. lamb, olives, feta cheese etc. 3. Cook and enjoy! I…