Recipe: Biber Cacigi (Pepper and Yogurt Spread)

Adapted from Musa Dağdeviren, as presented at the 2008 World of Flavors Conference.

Serve with toasted pita, as an appetizer or as a side dish with grilled meat and poultry.

Makes about 4 1/2 cups (serves 8 to 10)

    • 7 sweet peppers (Anaheim-type)
    • 3 hot peppers (Serrano-type)
    • 10 garlic cloves, crushed
    • salt to taste
    • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup mild red wine vinegar
    • a bunch of fresh mint, chopped
    • 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) thick yogurt, preferably from goat's milk

Roast the peppers over a flame. Peel the skin off and remove the seeds. Chop them finely. Add the crushed garlic and salt and mix well. Add the olive oil and vinegar. Let the mixture sit for one hour; add the mint and then fold in the yogurt. Mix and serve.

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Aglaia Kremezi has changed her life and her profession many times over. She currently writes about food in Greek, European and American magazines, publishes books about Greek and Mediterranean cooking in the US and in Greece, and teaches cooking to small groups of travelers who visit Kea. Before that she was a journalist and editor, writing about everything, except politics. She has been the editor in chief and the creator of news, women's, and life-style magazines, her last disastrous venture being a "TV guide for thinking people," a contradiction in terms, at least in her country. She studied art, graphic design, and photography at the Polytechnic of Central London. For five years she taught photography to graphic designers while freelancing as a news and fashion photographer for Athenian magazines and newspapers. Editors liked her extended captions more than the pieces the journalists submitted for the events she took pictures for, so she was encouraged to do her own stories, gradually becoming a full time journalist and editor. You can visit her website at www.keartisanal.com.


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