Htipiti and More Appetizers

I didn’t think I had to go into further detail on the Htipiti dip (as photgraphed here) but I’ll run it down for you. It’s quite a free-form recipe as the measurements depend on how hot your peppers are and how salty your Feta is.

You need three ingredients for this recipe: Feta cheese, Myzithra (ricotta) and roasted hot banana peppers.

First, you roast your hot banana peppers on the gas or charcoal grill until charred on the outside. Then place in a plastic or paper bag and allow them to sweat for at least a half an hour or until cool enough to handle.

By this time the charred skins should be easily removed and you’ll be left with a succulent roasted hot pepper. I like whizzing a few banana peppers in the food processor and then I set them aside as I prepare the rest of the Htipiti ingredients.

Now take an equal amount of Feta and Myzithra and add a little olive oil and start mashing the cheeses with your fork until they are incorporated and smooth.

Now add some pureed hot peppers in small amounts, mix and taste. Keep on adding until you acheive your desired heat. In Greece, Htipiti is served mildly spicy, not “blow your head off spicy”. If the mixture is a little stiff, slowly pour in some olive oil and blend it in. You now have your own Htipiti!

At this point in my Birthday party I served a new favourite of mine – grilled shrimp and Chorizo skewers. Again, there’s no real recipe here but to soak the bamboo skewers for at least overnight and then slice your Chorizo to the thickness of the shrimp and wrap the body of the shrimp around the arc of the sausage and secure with a small skewer.

Lightly oil your shrimp & Chorizo skewers and grill on high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Serve them immediately.

Finally, this next dish doubled as another appetizer and a side dish…a green bean and cherry tomato salad.

I originally saw this cold bean salad on an episode of the Barefoot Contessa and I was immediately drawn to this salad. It had beans, olive oil, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, oregano, garlic and parsley.

After exploring regional dishes of Greece, I discovered that this dish is a specialty from the Greek island of Kythera, situated just south of the Laconian peninsula.

Here’s a family favourite – a wonderful summer salad of green beans and my own touch with roasted cherry tomatoes. The sweet tomatoes play off on the tart vinegar and the garlic and pungent dried Greek oregano offer a deep bottom to this symphony of herbs and vegetables.

Green Bean & Cherry Tomato Salad From Kythera

1 1/2 pounds slender green beans, trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 pints of cherry tomatoes, roasted
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 clove of garlic , minced

1 heaping of teaspoon dried Greek oregano

1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place your cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in a pre-heated 450F oven and roast for 20-30 minutes or until they skins have cracked & shriveled a bit. Allow to cool and set aside.
  2. Place a large pot of water on your stove-top and when it comes to a boil, add a good amount of salt and and place your beans in the water. Boil for 3-5 minutes until just tender (but still crisp).
  3. Strain your beans and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  4. In a large boil, add your balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard and oregano and begin whisking in your olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper and now add your beans, cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley.
  5. Toss the salad so that the dressing coats all the components. Ad just seasoning with salt an pepper and serve at room temperature or cold.

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Peter Minakis

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61 Comments for “Htipiti and More Appetizers”

Dragon

says:

The shrimp and chourico sound really interesting. I’m going to have to try that one.

By the way, Happy Belated Birthday. :)

Lisa

says:

My God, I bet people were beating down your door to be invited to your birthday. I’ve always been a fan of Greek Appetizers and you have introduced me to so many I was until now ignorant of. Great series of posts.

Jen of A2eatwrite

says:

The Htipiti sounds like something I’d greatly enjoy both making and eating!

Strangely enough, I also just posted a green bean salad for my What’s Cooking Wednesday post – it’s based on a dish I have at my favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant in New York.

The skewers are also something I’d love. I’m sure your birthday bash was a huge success!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Yesterday I quickly glanced over the htipiti but now that I’ve read the recipe, I know that I will just love this dip. The prawns did not stay on that plate for long, did it??

Zen Chef

says:

I never heard of Htipiti before but it sounds like something i could stuff my whole face in. (hmm.. sorry for the visual, just my way of saying i love it :)
And the shrimps + chorizo are rocking! Such great food!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

says:

So, a-ha! People did want to know more about the Htipiti! ;D

(I didn’t know what Myzithra was! Hehe.)

Now this is filed in my head.

Lore

says:

Htipiti is a dip after my (feta) heart ;).
Shrimp and Chrizo sounds and looks like a winner combination and the green bean and tomato salad would make everything so refreshing.
I’m sure you guys had a great time!!

White On Rice Couple

says:

Hey, how did we miss your B-day? anyways, happy belated to you! Seeing your grilled seafood again is like having our early b-day gift! Thanks Peter!

Núria

says:

It seems that you are up to the top, Chico! I’m I going to have your smiling face in my screen everytime I work on my blog? Are you becoming Dionisios in the food blogging world? I bet you have seen the new Foodbuzz banner (in case you don’t know what I talk about… which I doubt) Congrats to you :D!!!

On your 42 birthday I would love to have an invitation to taste these great dishes. The shrimps and chorizo stole my heart ;-)

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining

says:

Okay you were right Peter! Ido regret not making the treck to your house for your party!!!! Funny thing is though I made a salad very similar to this for my people on Sunday!!!

joanne at frutto della passione

says:

Everything looks fabulous Peter. What an amazing amount of work. I hope someone else did the dishes.

Peter M

says:

Dragon, the chorizo becomes shrimp and shrimp becomes chorizo.

Lisa, not too carniverous eh?

Jen, aren’t green bean salads great (and healthy too)?

Sam, although a tiring day, the food turned out great.

Nina, Htipiti is very popular in our home and it in n. Greece and indeed, the shrimp went quickly.

Marie, it’s ok…gotcha!

Zen, you French will give it some fancy name and charge $15 plate…LOL!

Pete, Htipiti, tyrokafteri, kopanisti, all related/similar.

Helene, they are a party pleaser.

TS, have fun with the Htipiti, nice & spicy.

Lore, we always have a good laugh at the table…good food & friends.

Angela, thanks…memorable evening.

Judy, same time next year? I;d like to see your bean salad too…aren’t they great?

Mary, it’s most tasty.

Joanne, the trusty dishwasher did the “heavy lifting”..Phew!

ΕΛΕΝΑ

says:

O.K Peter, next year I promise, I’ll be your guest:PPP
I’ll make for you my special tzatziki and melitzanosalata, you’ll make all the rest, especially your delicious mango melon salad but I’ll do the dishes too.
It seems fair to me, what do you think?

Leslie

says:

Those green beans look to die for….and as for your comment on my blog..arent you a smarty..I would have never thought to use evaporated milk instead of the cream!!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI

says:

well done on some more wonderful mezedakia – they are the mainstays of an unforgettable greek summer

[eatingclub] vancouver || js

says:

Gonna have to try that htipiti soon. . .I love the way that sounds, htee-pee-tee. And it sounds uberdelicious.

lindaloohoo - www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

says:

damn. peter.
i think my greek husband is going to be REALLY happy you are the new man in my life.

i may even try to surprise the greek mother in law with one of these recipes.
that will have to be on a day when my self esteem is feeling par-tic-ular-ly strong.

Peter M

says:

Elena, you have yourself a deal!

Leslie, glad to assist…gotta keep ya trim ya’all! ;)

Kiwi, mezedes are so Greek summer but they are alot of work too!

Kat, very important…you want guests to be able to hold onto something.

JS, its sounds like you’re saying it correctly.

Threes cheers for Grace (and Greece!

Linda, your hubby’s Greek? I think he’ll enjoy my dishes here.

Pam, no probs…it’s easy, yes?

Giz, you like hot peppers? Drop by…I got some dynamite ones for ya.

Gunther, I’ll be swimming in the Mediterranean soon!

Jan, thanks you, darlin’ Brummie gal.

Leslie has an accent…not HEE HAW, but an accent! lol

Susan from Food Blogga

says:

My Italian-American grandmother always made string bean and tomato salad. Hers was very similar to yours, but minus the Greek oregano and add Italian parsley and basil. Your looks so summery and colorful, Peter!

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet

says:

Happy birthday! wow, what a spread.

By the way, I am now repeating to myself “htipiti” in a sort of singsong voice. I’m probably butchering the pronunciation, but boy it sure is a fun little word.

Lina

says:

whenever I go to a potluck, my dish is always a traditional greek salad. I should make some of these other amazing greek appetizers next time. Looks wonderful!

Mochachocolata Rita

says:

wowww what a spread! hahahaha let me suggest my very pregnant friend to name her kid Htipiti

^_^

jen

says:

Oooh – sorry I’m late to the party…

A very happy birthday to you, Peter! It looks like the day went with a swing and lots of scrumptious food :-)

Nicole

says:

Hey Peter! Happy Birthday (again). All your appetizers look wonderful. I do a green bean dish with tomatoes too. I actually steam the beans and then add small multicolored raw tomatoes and caramelized onions and toss it all in olive oil and a touch of balsamic. So good w/ the hot and cold together.

Peter M

says:

Kalyn, the myzithra mellows the feta…a great dip "htipiti" is.

Susan, our two cuisines overlap alot…viva Mediterranean ingredients.

Val, I've heard ingredients and dishes being described as a symphony – I like the analogy.

Erin, it's a funny word yes and even I mixed it up when I first heard of it.

Lina, many easy Greek appetizers to make next time…ask & I'll assist.

LOL @ Rita…I love your humour!

Foody, nothing wrong with that…just don't add mango! lol

Jen, thank you!

Cake, it was a huge hit.

Kittie…where there's a will – a way.

Nicole, your version sounds scrump too…love me a good bean salad.

Bridgett

says:

I had this exact green bean salad at our local Greek restaurant recently. Honestly, yours looks more vibrant, but I loved the flavor. I am dying to try those skewers. What a gorgeous meal!

Jeanne

says:

I’ve had (and loved) htipiti at Greek places here in London and *loved* it – but people always think I’m making the name up ;-) Thaks v much for the recipe – I am definitely bookmarking and making this one. Belated happy birthday btw – your guests don’t know how lucky they were :)

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