Pretzels & Chips
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Part one of our Savory & Sweet pretzel flips features a Greek Mustard Dip to serve with your favorite pretzels. Add to your meze platter and serve with cocktails! This flavorful dip can also double as a salad dressing (just whisk in an additional 2 tablespoons vinegar and 3 tablespoons olive oil).
TOTAL PREP TIME: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons mustard seeds (or 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Greek thyme honey
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup plain thick Greek yogurt (2% or 5%)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 cups unsalted miniature pretzels
1. In a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind the mustard seeds until ground. (If using prepared mustard, skip to next step, whisking ingredients together instead of using a processor.)
2. In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, honey, and garlic powder until combined well. Stir in the yogurt and olive oil until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. You can also mix all of this in the processor. (Can be made ahead. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate up to 3 days.) Serve alongside pretzels for dipping.
Part two of our Savory & Sweet pretzel flips features a glaze that we flavored with liqueur made with mastiha (mastic) from the island of Chios and thyme honey from Crete. Just coat and bake for a wonderful snack that’s great on its own or with cocktails. This scrumptious glaze can also be used on nuts.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes, plus standing
COOKING/BAKING TIME: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 (2 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Greek thyme honey
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon mastiha liqueur
2 cups unsalted miniature pretzel twists
1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Stir in the honey and maple syrup and cook until the mixture comes to a rolling boil. Immediately turn of the heat, leaving the saucepan on the burner, and stir in the liqueur.
3. Add the pretzels to the saucepan, and stir gently until completely coated.
4. Spread out the pretzels in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly glazed, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and let stand until slightly cooled, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, breaking apart, and serve warm or at room temperature. (Can be made ahead. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.)
Wednesday: Potato Chips~Savory
Part one of our Savory & Sweet potato chips flips features a savory yogurt-and-feta dip flavored with basil, oregano, and garlic. This wonderful herb-cheese recipe also doubles as a sauce to toss with pasta! If you’d like to fry up some homemade chips, try our recipe for Greek Potato Chips.
TOTAL PREP TIME: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 (about 2 cups)
2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, from sprigs
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup plain thick Greek yogurt (5%)
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups potato chips
In a food processor, add the basil, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. Process until finely chopped. Add the yogurt, feta, and salt. Process until mixture is smooth. (Can be made ahead. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate up to 3 days.) Serve alongside chips for dipping.
Thursday: Potato Chips~Sweet
Ouzo and cinnamon perfectly complement the dark chocolate in this Greek version of a chip dip. Coarse sea salt is sprinkled on as a finishing touch. This dip can also be drizzled over popcorn or ice cream, or served as a fondue with fruit (fresh or dried).
PREP TIME: 20 minutes, plus standing
COOKING TIME: 5 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 1/4 cups chopped dark chocolate (60% to 70%)
2 tablespoons ouzo liqueur
1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch vanilia powder (or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 cups potato chips
Coarse sea salt
1. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate, ouzo, pepper, cinnamon, and vanilia.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the heavy cream until just beginning to bubble around the edges. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mixture and let stand 1 minute. Whisk or stir until completely smooth.
3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Dip chips halfway into chocolate sauce, remove and let excess drip back into bowl. Transfer the chips to the prepared sheet and let dry until almost firm, about 15 minutes. Lightly sprinkle with salt (if the salt dissolves into the chocolate, it’s not firm enough). Let stand until chocolate has completely hardened. (Can be made ahead. Let dry completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.)
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I hope you enjoyed our first week of Savory & Sweet. Join us next week for part 2 of Savory & Sweet food flips as we dress up nuts and popcorn—seasoning and glazing, Greek-island style!
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The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipes for each week will be posted right here on our blog with links to the episodes.
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