Cypriot Cuisine: Traditional Cypriot Foods You Should Try
Dec 18, 2018
If you’re up for an adventurous menu tour of the exciting Isle of Cyprus — minus all those travel fees — check out the traditional Cyprus food list we prepared just for you. And if you want to experiment with genuine Cypriot cuisine in your kitchen, we’ve got you covered there, too. Ready?
Delicious Halloumi Cheese
Although popular around Europe and throughout the Middle East, Halloumi cheese is an absolute favorite among a multitude of Cyprus products. This slightly salty, goat and sheep milk cheese is often eaten alongside meat dishes, incorporated into entrees, enjoyed as a stand-alone, or served with fruit. And because Halloumi cheese has a high flash point, it’s particularly conducive to frying.
Give this fried Halloumi cheese a try at home: take Halloumi cheese and slice it into thick pieces. Dry the slices by blotting them with a paper towel. Then, lightly brush both sides of the sliced cheese with a quality extra virgin olive oil.
Place the cheese in a hot frying pan and sear 1 minute on 1 side, and 1-2 minutes on the other — or until it turns light golden brown. Place on a serving plate and garnish with fresh mint leaves, cracked pepper, and sliced cherry tomatoes. Simple yet delicious!
Cypriot Favorite Dish – Souvla
This is a huge favorite in Cyprus, traditionally served to celebrate Easter. Souvla consists of large pieces of lamb, pork or chicken slow cooked over an open BBQ, with just a few spices added to achieve the incredible aroma, as the meat cooks in front of your guests, who await the exotic entree with great anticipation.
Here’s an at-home version meal you can try for your next party. Take pork shoulder and cut into large chunks. Toss the pieces in a bowl with extra virgin olive oil and red wine. Then, toss again with added coarse salt, pepper, and oregano. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Place meat on skewers and grill about 15 minute, or until brown. Top with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Your guests are going to love this heavenly dish!
Flavorful, Authentic Aroma of Koupepia
Nothing quite says authentic Cyprus food like Koupepia, the stuffed grape leaves. A Cypriot, and all around Greek favorite, the leaves are generally filled with a mixture of meat, onion, tomato, and herbs.
Here’s a version you can try at home. Take grape leaves and soften them in warm water. Don’t worry, the color will darken slightly, that doesn’t mean you did something wrong!
After, brown some chopped onions in a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Afterward, add ground pork. Add a bit of rice, tomato sauce, pepper, and mint and cook for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and place spoonfuls of the slightly cooled mixture onto leaves, and roll. Carefully place them in a large pot. Add about a cup of water with lemon, or chicken stock, and cook on low heat for about an hour. Your family will love this traditional Greek specialty!
Tasty Cyprus Village Salad
This specific combination of fresh veggies in a lovely lemon dressing is a very popular side dish (or light afternoon luncheon meal) in Cyprus. Remember: vegetable freshness for this dish is crucial.
You can whip this up in your kitchen in no time. Slice tomatoes and cucumbers — the fresher the better. Then place them in a bowl with red onions, sliced olives, and feta cheese pieces. Toss with extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, coarse sea salt, and freshly ground pepper Enjoy the authentic flavor of the delightful Village salad!
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