Keftedes: Fried tomato and courgette balls from Santorini, Greece
This was taken in Santorini, on the walk between our cave-house, in the hillside village of Imerovigli and Fira. Between the two is another village, Firostefani. We didn’t stop here much as we were always walking into town in the day or walking home at night. Like all the caldera side towns and villages it was beautiful, the houses are staggered down the cliff side. They are gorgeous, bright almost luminescent with the whites and blues. It must take a lot of effort to maintain them as we saw places where we stayed which looked quite well kept being repainted. That effort is very much worth it, so you can have pictures like this and memories which will last a life time.
Probably the best meal I have eaten this year, or probably in a very long time was the dinner I had at a little restaurant in Fira, Santorini called Kapari. I wrote a little post on that meal and posted a few pictures of it which you can find here. Just like Mama’s house (the restaurant I talked about in my last post) Kapari is a wonderful place to eat and we ate twice here during the week on Santorini.
(I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the restaurant during the day so this is the best picture I have).
Both times we ate at Kapari we had the same starters, Kolokithokeftethes. We had two types of Croquettes courgette and tomato. They were perfect fritters crispy outside then soft inside. I had to look for a recipe and found several for the courgette ones but very few for the tomato. I haven’t been able to find a recipe for tomato croquettes which looked like it would work well and would be really grateful if anyone could share one with me?
I made these for us as a starter last week and served them with the Grilled and baked Aubergine rolls with three cheese and spinach from my last post and a little salad.
They may not be the healthiest thing ever to eat as you deep fry them, croquettes are still a nice treat to have now and again. They can be a fun way of preparing vegetables which otherwise could be a little boring (like courgettes can be if not prepared right).
keftedes: Courgette (zucchini) Croquettes or Kolokithokeftethes
Prep time 25 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
2 courgettes finely grated
2 flowery potatoes
1 1/2 egg, lightly beaten
100g feta cheese, crumbled
1 small onion, finely grated
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
breadcrumbs for coating
vegetable oil for frying
Prepare all the ingredients as above. Boil the potatoes until soft and mash.
Mix the grated onion, chopped herbs, egg yolks, mashed potatoes and the cheeses. Combine with the grated courgette.
Using your hands get a golf ball sized bit of mix, roll into a ball and press into a pattie. Repeat till you have used all the mixture.
Pour out breadcrumbs into a plate. Coat all the patties in breadcrumbs.
Heat a good amount of vegetable oil in a frying pan, being careful place the patties in the hot oil. Fry until golden a crispy on the outside. Mine didn’t turn out too crispy as we have a cast iron frying pan, it doesn’t get hot enough.