In the summer sun, tomatoes around the Mediterranean are at their best. They are juicy, fragrant, soft and full of flavour. Here is a recipe that employs the Mediterranean cuisine at its finest. Tomato patties. I first had them in Greece as a student and they are the ultimate food with yoghurt and ouzo! I took inspiration from this recipe found here:
which is in Greek.
Let’s get going!
Serves 2-4 people
You will need:
5-6 ripe tomatoes (see notes)
5 tablespoons of sour trahana/tarhana (see notes)
2 slices of stale bread
2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
1 small fresh onion, finely sliced
small handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
small handful of parsley, finely chopped
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 gloves of garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus extra for cooking
1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs
pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
Let’s make it.
Grate the tomatoes from the coarse side of the grater in a bowl. Salt them with a teaspoon of salt, mix and let them rest for 10 minutes. In a food processor, place the trahana and the stale bread and blitz until very fine. Place the mixture in a large bowl and add the yoghurt, mint, parsley, onions, garlic, baking powder and a tablespoon of olive oil. Drain the tomatoes and add them to the mixture. Season with salt, pepper, mixed seasonings and chilli if using. Mix them all together using your hands, cover with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
The next day, make small patties the size of golf balls, pat them down and make them not too thick. Add 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan over medium heat and fry the patties for 5-6 minutes each side. Tilt the pan and baste with the hot olive oil every so often to cook the inside and keep them moist.
Drain the patties on a plate with kitchen paper and serve with yoghurt and ouzo!
Enjoy them with good company! Cheers!
- Once you grate the tomatoes you will be left with the skin. Don’t throw it away. Instead, finely chop it and mix it with the rest of the mixture.
- Trahanas or tarhanas is a pasta made with sour milk and bulgur and then dried in the hot sun. You can replace it with flour if you cannot find any. You might need to adjust the recipe for the flour. You don’t want the mixture to be too runny or too dry.
Until next time,
The digital cook