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Traditional Cuisine - Kos

There are many interesting local recipes for food and pastries which women of Kos usually make for large religious celebrations. The most characteristic recipes are “pitarridia” (lasagna which is boiled in meat broth) and "varvara" (boiled wheat with honey, sugar, almonds, nuts, raisins, pomegranate, cinnamon, rose water, orange zest and some spices). “Katimeria” is twisted fried cheese pie with mizithra cheese and is served with honey and cinnamon. “Xismata” (wheaten bread kneaded with grated mizithra cheese and flavorings). “Afrena” or “eftazima” are flavored breads, the yeast for which is made of boiled chick peas foam and bay leaves. “Kousafi” is boiled black raisin with different flavorings. “Lazari” is white bread that people bake in human shape. “Koufoi” is plain dough, while “geroi” which are offered during the Lent are stuffed with raisins and roasted sesame or crushed almonds and are kneaded with rose water. “Labropites” (large round cheese pies kneaded with many eggs and a little yeast, stuffed with "prosfa" – fresh unsalted mizithra cheese). “Kokkino tiri” (red cheese) which locals leave to bake in red wine. Finally, “pligouri” is ground wheat cooked with pork.

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