No main course today folks, but rather Kostas will show you how to make what people in Greece call hilopites (χυλοπίτες) which is basically our type of noodle. Not an ordinary noodle though...it is made with milk, flour and eggs. In the older times it used to be made with sheep or goat milk, nowadays it is made in its healthier version with cow's milk.
The dough is opened up in layers and then it is cut in either long flat strips, or in little squares depending which part of Greece they come from. Then they are spread out in clean sheets and left to dry completely. This type of pasta is made at the end of the summer in Greece, usually August and after it dries it is stored away in cool, dry places so it can be cooked throughout the winter months. Easy to cook, it is our comfort food. Kinda like mac and cheese but our version.
When it is boiled, the milk is foaming and gives it the best smell ever! That's the difference from regular pasta. You don't drain this pasta. Rather you put enough water to cook it and then you keep the liquid. Because it has all the taste in it. The easiest way to eat it? Boil it, put it in a soup plate, add melted butter with chilly flakes in it and feta cheese or any other type of cheese and just enjoy! The most famous way of eating it? Hen cooked with wine and served on top of the pasta. Delicious! One of the recipes that we will make for you soon. For now you can make the pasta and store it away. Let it rest and wait for the hen :)
As always Kali Oreksi!
Kostas, Dia and Tony
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