I had the honor and privilege of cooking with the incredible Chef Zissie once again and this time, we went BIG! We’ve done a gourmet meal with grilled haloumi cheese, Brazilian fish stew, homemade crusty bread with dips and delicious cinnamon buns. We’ve mastered healthy Thai with rice paper wraps, Thai curry chicken and a mango smoothie. So what next? One of the most important things about our get-togethers is challenging ourselves to try new recipes and cuisines and have a great time in the kitchen.
Chef Zissie mentioned that she’s never cooked Greek food before but it’s something she’s always been interested in…so the inspiration was born. I seriously love eating Greek food so I certainly was not going to say no to a gourmet Greek meal cooked by Chef Zissie in her own kitchen. Armed with my Nikon D3100 (yup, that’s the camera I use for my food photos), Chef Zissie and I got right down to work. We listened to hipster music, played with her adorable daughter, chopped lots of fresh herbs and manhandled a whole fish. Chef Zissie is all about fresh ingredients and tons of flavor so you just KNOW it’s gonna be good! Since Chef Zissie basically cooked the entire meal, I entertained her with my witty banter and took pictures of her chopping, sautéing and cooking along the way. Since she created so many recipes that I am obsessed with, I’ve decided to break up my usual Chef Zissie post in to three different posts so I could focus all of my attention on each course.
Here’s the entire menu that I will posting for the next few weeks.
Appetizer: Lathovrekhto with Charred Pepper Feta Dip and Aubergine Salad
Main Dish: Braised Whole Tilapia with Tomato Herb Sauce
Side Dish: Vegetable Moussaka
Dessert: Sifnos Cheese and Thyme Honey Tart
Today’s post is focused on the incredible appetizer that we devoured. I could not stop eating the lathovrekhto, which is toasty bread with olive oil. It’s the Greek version of Italian bruschetta. Chef Zissie created so many beautiful layers to this dish and while it seems like you won’t be able to taste all of the flavors, each ingredients truly stands out. We toasted crusty bread with olive oil and topped it with a homemade charred pepper feta dip and an aubergine (eggplant) salad. The salty feta, creamy Greek yogurt, sweet tomatoes, spicy peppers, fresh herbs, crunchy pine nuts and lots of olive oil! I think these pictures speak a thousand words.
Pile it on!