Cyprus & Syria

Cyprus

Original Word: Greece

Nationality: Cypriot

Language: Greek

Population: 1,138,071

160th largest country in the world.

Capital: Nicosia

I made a popular dish in Greece and Cyprus. Keftedes are meatballs in this region. They are also called koftas in other parts of Asia. I should be making kofta for a different country some day. These were amazing. I served them with tyrokafteri (Greek spicy feta dip) and muhammara which will appear further down.

Keftedes

250g/8oz ground beef

250g/8oz ground lamb (I do not like pure ground lamb. But, if you do use all lamb.)

1 tsp dried oregano

1 sm. red onion, minced

2 tbsp mint, finely chopped

2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 slice of bread

2 tbsp milk

1 egg

Dry out the slice of bread in 300F/150C for 10-15 minutes. Make the slice into breadcrumbs and mix in milk. Mix everything together. DO NOT OVER MIX! Form into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 425F/200C for 15 minutes.

Tyrokafteri (Greek Spicy Feta Dip)

1 green chile (you can use jalapeno, banana pepper)

200g/6oz feta

1/3 cup yogurt

1 lemon, juice

The skin and seeds need to be removed from the pepper. You can find instructions here. Put everything in a food processor and mix until combined.

Syria

Original Word: World News

Nationality: Syrians

Language: Arabic

Population: 22,530,746

53rd largest country in the world.

Capital: Damascus

For Syria, I made muhammara. This was amazing!!! I will make this for parties, for guests, to impress people, or just for us. Muhammara is red pepper and walnut dip.

Muhammara (Red pepper and walnut dip)

small jar of roasted red peppers, drained or 2 red peppers with skin and seeds removed

1 slice of bread, toasted

1/3 cup walnuts

1 sm. red onion, chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste

Chop bread in a food processor until it is breadcrumbs. Add and chop peppers into food processor. Place walnuts in a cold skillet and slowly heat up until fragrant. Be careful not to burn them. Add to processor and chop. Add tsp olive oil to pan and saute onion until soft. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, and cayenne to the processor and chop. Add olive oil for a better texture.

It is important to note I used jarred peppers. The jarred peppers are packed in oil. I did not add extra olive oil to my dip because of this reason. If you are using fresh red peppers I would suggest using a tbsp or so of olive oil.

I hope you try these recipes! These are my best yet!

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