The traditional recipe of the area you should try

Gastronomy is one of the most basic and favorite subjects and stages of a journey. So you know a place better while you are getting to know the secrets of its inhabitants and its tradition. You can be able to understand part of its history and how much has been influenced its culture by the different nations. You live for a while the daily life of the locals and you become something more than an ordinary visitor. And in every place, you taste new flavors. When, for example, you travel to northern Greece and reach Kavala, you will definitely make a gastronomic trip with kiltiritsia.

In Kavala, the influence of various peoples that passed through the area its obvious. In the lady of the north you will swim in blue, crystal clear beaches and will be hosted by the locals who will introduce you to the secrets of their place. A place with a rich history and many sights. The archaeological site of Philippi, the Monuments in the Old Town, the Tobacco warehouses, and the religious sites are just some of the places you will be able to visit.

And then you will make a special gastronomic trip to Kavala. Where the seafood is mixed with pilafs and spices. Butter and olive oil give scents that combine with the spices and cooking secrets which have been brought to the area by wealthy tobacconist traders from Europe. Flavors and aromas that take you to another age. What’s certain is that you’ll enjoy this trip from all aspects. The traveler in Kavala, no matter how many days is there, never feels that it is enough. So he always comes back.

Recipe for kiltiritsia from Kavala

One of the favorites and traditional recipes you will try in Kavala is the kiltitsia. Until, however, you will be there, the chef Eleni Psychouli has the recipe you can use to make them by yourself.

Photo Source:


1 kg minced beef
1 cup bulgur
400 g tomato, passed in grater
4 onions, passed by the grater
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons of paprika sweet
2 teaspoons sweet sugar
parsley for serving
salt and pepper

First, mix the minced meat in a bowl with the half quantity of the onions, half quantity of the paprika, the bulgur, the parsley, and the salt and pepper and together with 1/2 cup of water. Then we grease our hands and make small meatballs the size of the walnut.

We have a low and wide saucepan and we sauté the remaining onion in olive oil. Finally, we add the tomato. We lower the heat and add the remaining paprika, sugar, salt, pepper, and 1 glass of water. Add the kiltiritsia to the pot, cover, and cook the food for 25 minutes. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley. Have a good time! See exactly where the beach is HERE.

External photography source: