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‘Tiro’ is derived from the Greek word tiri (cheese) and kafteri means hot, so essentially tirokafteri means a hot cheese. Traditionally it is made with feta and hot peppers or chillies, but my version has a few extras.


  • 250 g Greek feta, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon Greek-style yoghurt

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried wild oregano

  • 1–2 small fresh chillies, seeded and fi nely chopped

  • handful of basil leaves

  • 2 spring onions, chopped

  • cracked pepper


  • 1.

    Mix all ingredients together well and serve as part of a meze plate or with crusty bread.


This recipe is from My Greek Family Table, by Maria Benardis. RRP $59.99. Penguin Books.

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Posted by Ange13Report
An excellent recipe from a brilliant chef. My only other remarks are to buy AUTHENTIC Greek Feta and Yoghurt as others WILL detract from the flavours.