Cyprus' Mediterranean cuisine is popular with foodies and health-food enthusiasts alike. It features an abundance of fresh vegetables, seafood and olive oil. National dishes of Cyprus consist of various vegetables, cheeses, fresh seafood, savoury sauces. Meat dishes are also a big part of the local cuisine and in this article we will tell you about the most delicious of them.
The most popular meat dishes in Cyprus
All the dishes mentioned above can be found on the menus of the island's restaurants and cafes. And after you've satisfied your hunger, have a cup of Cypriot coffee or try one of the other popular Cyprus drinks.
Cyprus traditional meat dishes recipes which you can cook at home
Some meat dishes in Cyprus are really difficult to prepare as they require unusual ingredients, or the cooking procedure is quite complex and involves many steps, like cooking kefalaki, for instance. However, there are some really simple ones that everyone can cook at home. Below are some popular and delicious meat dishes of Cyprus.
Ingredients: 0.8kg lamb, 250ml white wine, 1 tbsp honey, 3-4 potatoes, 4 carrots, 3 onions, garlic, thyme, oregano and mint.
Procedure: Wash the lamb, cut into pieces and cover with marinade. The marinade is prepared with wine with honey and all the spices mentioned above. Mix all the ingredients and coat the meat with it, then bake with potatoes in rough foil. At the temperature of 210-260 degrees the dish is cooked for 20 minutes and then slow cooked at the temperature of 150 degrees for about an hour and a half more.
Ingredients: 1 kg pork, 1 onion, 1 pepper, 1 tomato, 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, oregano, black pepper, juice of half a lemon.
Procedure: Cut the pork into large cubes. The onion and pepper are also cut in large pieces, the garlic is squeezed and mixed with the olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Mix the meat, peppers and onions with the marinade and season with salt. Put pieces of meat, alternating with the vegetables, on wooden skewers soaked in water. According to the classic recipe, souvla is cooked over charcoal like kebabs. They can also be cooked in the oven. In this case, a tray is covered with foil, a rack is placed over it, and meat skewers are placed on it. Cook the souvla in the oven for half an hour at 180 degrees.
Ingredients: 1 kg of beef, 750 ml of pureed tomatoes, 500 g of onions, 200 ml of olive oil, 250 ml of red wine, 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar, pepper, rosemary, oregano, sugar, bay leaf, spices, sage.
Procedure: First, prepare a marinade with olive oil, red wine, wine vinegar and bay leaf, pepper, garlic and sage. Coarsely chopped meat is placed in the marinade and left for 24 hours. Afterwards, fry an onion in a frying pan and remove from the fire. In the same oil, fry the marinated meat. Then transfer the meat to a deep saucepan, marinade, add grated tomatoes and spices, bring it all to the boil and stew. After about half an hour, fried onions are added to the pot, and everything is cooked together for about an hour more.
So, meat dishes in Cyprus are really worth a try. In addition, the island offers plenty of tasty and healthy vegetable dishes, a variety of cheeses, delicious desserts and refreshing drinks. The island is well worth visiting for its wonderful food, not to mention its extensive historical heritage, azure waters, modern Cyprus real estate and convenient infrastructure.