Tyrokafteri (Spicy Feta Cheese Spread)


When I first came across this spread in Maria’s blog, I felt like sort of…sad. You see, I grew up in a VERY Greek household, ate a lot of Greek food (aside from restaurant eating, only Greek food, actually) and yet, somehow I had made it my whole life without ever eating tyrofkafteri. What the hell, man?!

I don’t know how I missed out on this stuff. Maybe I was too busy stuffing my face with tzatziki and skordalia to ever notice it. Maybe it’s because my family isn’t particularly into spicy foods. I don’t know. All I know is I’m really glad it exists.

The premise is simple: whipped feta spiced with hot peppers. (Tyri is cheese, kafteri means hot.) I looked at several different recipes, and the type of peppers used was all over the map. I decided to use banana peppers but feel free to use whatever you want. If you don’t have a spicy pepper, or you want it even hotter, just add a little crushed red pepper, like Maria did.  One thing I do insist is that you buy some good quality feta.

We had a Greek-appetizers-for-dinner-night one recent evening, and this was served with pita. I bought Greek pita and then lightly oiled it and stuck it right over a gas burner for a couple seconds per side to crisp the edges and warm it up. By the way, if anyone out there has a recipe for Greek pita, I NEED it. Greek pita is softer and doesn’t really have a pocket, so it’s not like the standard recipes I’ve come across. Until then, Kronos and similar brands will have to do!

Tyrokafteri (Spicy Feta Cheese Spread)