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Cretan Dip

Discover the enchantment of Crete Island with our special recipe that brings its magic to your tables! Cretan Dip enlivens your dining experience with the magnificent blend of spices and local flavors. A slice of flavor from Crete, a touch from you...

What is the recipe for Cretan Dip?

When you set sail along the coasts of the Aegean, Cretan Dip greets you as the first choice on the tables. Now, let us introduce you to the most unique and authentic recipe. You can prepare extra and carefully store it in jars with olive oil. It can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a delightful appetizer.

Among the essentials of this recipe are the magical touch of spices, the crispy taste of walnuts, and the unique flavor of pistachios. You can spread it on warm bread and savor it with delight. The preparation is extremely simple and practical. Come on, let’s prepare the most authentic Cretan Dip together today.

How Did Cretan Dip Originate?

The island of Crete has hosted various civilizations throughout history, including the Minoan civilization, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Republic of Venice, and the Ottoman Empire. These diverse cultural interactions have enriched and diversified the cuisine of Crete.

A recipe known as Cretan Dip, often a meze or snack, is typically prepared with ingredients and flavors unique to Crete. This recipe may carry traces of traditional Cretan cuisine, deeply rooted in the island’s history and culture. However, obtaining precise information about the historical origins of this specific recipe is challenging, as traditional recipes often rely on oral tradition and can vary from household to household over time.

Cretan Dip Recipe

Servings4 people
Preparation Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Fake Cretan Dip, Cretan Dip, Cheese Cretan DipWhat to Eat?Crete Island

Cretan Dip Ingredients

  • 200 grams of fully matured Ezine cheese

  • 100 grams of cottage cheese

  • 1/2 bunch of parsley

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 2.5 teaspoons of ground pistachios from Antep

  • 1 handful of coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon of thyme

How to Make Cretan Dip?


Place Ezine cheese in a bowl and mash it thoroughly with a fork. Then add the cottage cheese and carefully mix all the ingredients until you achieve a homogeneous mixture.


Add finely chopped parsley, grated garlic, ground pistachios, breadcrumbs, walnuts, spices, and olive oil as well.


Carefully mix the ingredients with a fork, gently turning until you achieve a homogeneous consistency, ensuring that all components blend together and enhance each other's flavors.


Transfer the prepared mixture onto a serving plate. You can drizzle a bit more olive oil on top and serve directly, or you can shape it into small balls by rolling it with your hands. Enjoy your meal!

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