Tiganites

This is a great snack, especially if you are… poor (although it’s good for everybody). Lots of energy, cheap ingredients. At least once a week we would have tiganites at my home in Greece when I was a kid. Love them! You can also listen on how they are pronounced here.

Ingredients (for 2)
* half a cup of warm water
* 1/3 cup of white flour
* some feta cheese
* olive oil
* salt

Execution
1. In a bowl pour the water and a bit of salt.
2. Add the flour and using a whisk keep beating it until the batter becomes smooth. The batter must not be too soft, neither too concentrated, so add either water or flour until you get the ideal balance.
3. Crumble the feta cheese in small-ish pieces and add it to the batter.

batter

4. In a frying pan, add quite some olive oil. Let it be real hot before you fry anything.
5. Using a table spoon get some of the batter and pour it into the frying pan. Do the same until the frying pan doesn’t fit any more of these butter drops, although the drops are far apart enough so each one holds its own.
6. Turn the tiganites once or twice, and remove from the pan until both sides are golden brown and cooked through (there is a major difference in taste if they are not well-cooked).
7. Place the tiganites in a plate and if you still have some batter left, add some olive oil again and fry the rest.
8. When all done, you can eat them hot or cold. Some people add sugar on top of the tiganites while hot, they indeed taste very good with sugar too.

tiganites

Note: A more complicated and less-traditional recipe version is here.

1 Comment »

lji wrote on April 13th, 2007 at 6:53 AM PST:

This is nice. I prefer a variant where I use a yellow cheese instead of feta. Though my favorite style is do the tiganites without any cheese and then eat them with feta (as if I were eating a slice of bread with feta, aka psomoteeree!)


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