Yes, I know, this is not a cooking or recipe page, but because of the many requests we received we have decided to lift the secret: Today you will learn how to prepare the most traditional dish of the island – tomato fritters or fried tomato balls or in Greek Tomatokeftedes.
They are our guests favorites in every cooking class and especially now, the weeks between Carnival and Easter when millions of people observe lent, they should be on every table.
Santorini is rich in cherry tomatoes, the small local kind, very tasty and full of flavors. They are the main ingredient of our fritters but since you are not living on the island you can of course use other tomatoes as well.
Here is what you need:
- 2 cups of finely chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of grated red onion
- 2 tbsp of finely chopped fresh basil
- 4 tbsp of finely chopped fresh spearmint
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flower
- sunflower oil for frying
And here is what you have to do:
In a large bowl knead the tomatoes, onions, herbs, salt and pepper. Do it by hand to make sure all the juice leaves the tomato. Maria, the charming chef of our cooking class at Faros Market calls it "massage".
Add the flour to the mixture, do it slowly and mix well. If necessary add some more flower to get the consistency of a thick batter.
(The locals leave the batter in the fridge for at least one day so it becomes even more tasty!)
Heat enough oil in a deep pan to cover the bottom, it has to be very hot
Drop a tablespoon of the mixture in the pan and repeat until the pan is filled
Fry on both sides until the fritters are of a nice golden color
After removing let them drain on a paper towel
This is the basic recipe, just as the locals prepared it back in the days. Now, if you like to add some other herbs like dill or parsley, or other flavors like cinnamon – this would be up to you and your tastes and liking.
Kali Orexi! Enjoy your meal!