Thursday, 24 November 2022
These are simple, fresh, homemade pasta made by the maiden aunts
After googling I see , of course, that all mediterranean countries make a version of these. In Italy they are very popular. Called orecchiette, Little ears
Not exactly 'little ears' but I'm getting there.
How the aunts make a nice pattern on the pasta
Rolling it out
Our pasta machine. Once used, now forgoten
The gkogklyes are lowered into a pan of boiling water, handful by handful. When they float to the top they're ready and are scooped out and covered in grated cheese.
500 grams all purpose flour
About one water glass of water, 250 ml
A little salt
Hard cheese finely grated
200 grams butter
Put the flour in a bowl, mix in the salt, then add the water slowly, kneading the dough, adding more water till you have a soft elastic dough.
Leave for twenty minutes to rest and put on that pot of water with a little salt and bring it to rolling boil.
Pull off a handful of dough and with your hands roll and stretch it out into a long sausage. With a sharp knife cut off small pieces about the size of a thumbnail . Press each piece in the middle . Toss all the little ears in a bowl of flour.
Lower into the boiling salted water little by little and remove with a slotted spoon after about 10 minutes when they start floating.
Place the boiled gkogklyes into a large dry pan.
In a smaller pot heat till smoking, 200 grams of butter.
Pour the smoking butter over the pasta.
Serve while hot, covering them with finely grated tasty cheese.
The cheese we use here is called myzithra. It's a hard cheese and doesn't melt.
In Italy they probably serve them with a tomato sauce. Try them the Greek way with that hot smoking butter, or olive oil, and grated cheese. Though maybe you need a Greek maiden aunt to make them for you. Those aunt's have a lifetime of good basic cooking under their apron belts. Believe me, they're delicious. All you need is a glass of wine and maybe a Greek salad.