With the football playoffs coming up snacks and appetizers have been on my mind a lot. The next recipe on my to try list was this one for the Greek appetizer bouyiourdi from kalofagas.ca . Bouyiourdi is basically tomatoes and feta along with some olive oil, oregano and a bit of heat that is baked until the tomatoes are nice and tender and the feta is almost melting. This dish reminds me a lot of one of my favorite Greek dishes garides saganaki or Greek baked shrimp except without the shrimp and I was certainly looking forward to trying it! This recipe is nice and simple with only a few ingredients so you are going to want to get a good feta and use the ripest tomatoes that you can find. Feta does not melt all that well so if you want some melted cheese in this feel free to add a bit of kasseri or other cheese that melts well. The trick to this dish is to let everything slowly bake in the oven until all of the flavours have been coaxed out and they have had a chance to mingle. A good indicator as to when it is done is when the tomatoes have released their juices and everything is simmering in those juices. The bouyiourdi was even better that I had been hoping for and I certainly was glad that I served it with the crusty bread so that I was able to soak up every last drop of the amazingly tasty dish. This dish will be making a regular appearance on my meal plans form now on!
- 2 tomatoes (cut into bit sized pieces)
- 1 small onion (sliced)
- 1 cubanelle pepper (sliced)
- 4 ounces feta
- red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Mix everything and pour into a baking dish.
- Bake, covered, in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the vegetables are nice and soft, about 40-60 minutes.