CRETAN DAKOS

Cretan Dakos

How to make the iconic Cretan Dakos Barley Rusk with recipe included

Cretan Dakos is an appetiser known specifically in the Western side of Crete. It consists of a Barley rusk that has been quickly dipped into water to soften it slightly and then topped with tomato, a soft white cheese such as ricotta or feta, oregano, olives and a drizzle of olive oil. You may also find it served as a salad. This would also include chopped pieces of tomato.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rusk, large
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta or feta cheese (or a combination of both)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Optional: Olives for serving

Method

  1. Dampen the rusk with a little bit of water to soften it slightly, but ensure the rusk still retains some crunch.
  2. Place the rusk on a plate and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the whole rusk with the tomato, followed by the salt, cheese and oregano.

Optional: Drizzle the rusk with additional olive oil and olives (if using) and then serve immediately.

To read about the humble Greek Salad, click here.

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