Corfu cuisine – kumquats, sofrito, stifado…

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Corfu cuisine is based mainly on vegetables, grilled meat and cheese. The real treasure of the island are lemons and oranges, which are everywhere. 

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

But the king of the fruit is the only one – it’s kumquat, a citrus tree with little oranges. 

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Fresh kumquats are bitter and not so tasty. They’re used in the production of marmalades or famous liqueurs.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Surpsingly, fish and seafood aren’t so popular in Corfu and usually more expensive than meat.  

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

So which local dishes are worth a try?  

Starters:

The winner in this category is Greek salad. This simple mix of tomato, lettuce, cucumber, onion, olives and feta cheese with local olive oil, tastes incredibly good.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

A very interesting starter is tiropitta – filo pastry stuffed with feta cheese. Personally, I have opportunity to eat this delicacy with addition of honey and nuts. I must admit that the taste was really interesting…

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Those who prefer more traditional dishes, can choose croquettes made of filo pastry stuffed with ham and cheese.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Another interesting, local starter are dolmades – vine leaves stuffed with rice or meat. Reportedly the best are in May and June, when the leaves are fresh.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Main courses:

Greek cuisine is famous for grilled meat. In Corfu town center, you can visit a cozy tavern – Pane e souvlaki where you can taste a lot of grilled dishes.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

We ordered the course for two, which consisted of: pork and chicken souvlaki, beef, turkey and lamb keftethes and local sausage, called loukaniko.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Another dish which can’t be missed is gyros, which is served with hot pita bread and tzatziki sauce.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

You won’t be disappointed by mousaka – casserole dish with eggplant, minced meat and béchamel sauce.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

The dish below is far better than it looks. It’s sofrito – beef stew with spices, white wine, garlic and parsley.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

Another tasty dish is kokkinisto – beef stew with tomato sauce.

 

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

These both dishes you can try in a cozy Orchard Restaurant, located in Siadri town, in the surroundings of banana and citrus trees.

 

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

My favorite dish is defintely stifado – beef stew with red wine and shallots.

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

And for the dessert…

Nothing compares to crunchy baclava stuffed with chocolate…

Kuchnia Korfu/ Corfu cuisine

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