What will we eat in Sifnos?

One of the secrets of the Sifnian cuisine is the cooking in clay utensils in a wooden oven. The composition of the Sifnian clay makes it suitable for manufacturing fire resistant cookware.

The traditional pottery pot, mastelo, that is used for the easter food cookingThe typical dish of the island is «mastelo», that is, goat or lamb washed only with local red wine flavored with plenty of dill and then placed on vine-shoots in order to roast with the steams of the red wine and not to boil. The roasting is made in the wooden oven, in a special ceramic pot, the mastelo, from where its name derives. Mastelo is a dish that is traditionally served in Sifnos at Easter but now you can find it in restaurants all year round.

The traditional pottery pot, skepastaria, that is used for chickpea soupRevithada (slow baked chickpeas stew), is a traditional Sunday Sifnian dish baked for hours in a wooden oven in a special cooking pot called “skepastaria”. More specific, it is baked slowly in the wooden oven from Saturday night till the following morning, after the Sunday church service. After all these hours of baking the result is simply delicious. Revithada is also served in almost all festivals in Sifnos, as a first course.

Chickpea balls, are one of the most famous dishes of the local cuisine. Thickly ground chickpeas flavored with herbs such as marjoram and fried in plenty of oil until golden.

Caper salad has a distinct and intense flavor. A spread with capers and onions that are cooked together give a very tasty result.

Local cheeses such as gylomeni manoura, xynomyzithra, chloromanoura are an integral part of the Sifnian cuisine.

Manoura [cheese] matured in wine lees, traditional cheese of SifnosIn addition to the traditional cuisine, Sifnos also excels in modern cooking, therefore, throughout Sifnos, you will find restaurants, fish taverns, international cuisine, taverns for tidbits, gourmet restaurants with dishes that satisfy all tastes and all palates.

Finally, if you are a lover of pastries you will definitely not be disappointed. Amazing scones, anise cookies, biscuits and fragrant cakes can be purchased from local bakeries. You will find honeyed, fragrant and soft nougat (without added sugar), almond macaroons (both baked and in the casserole), patties stuffed with nuts, Turkish delight, fragrant vanilla sweet, in all traditional pastry workshops.

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