Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No really, it is

A few weeks, Alex and I had dinner at a wonderful DC eatery, Zaytinya. If you've been reading A Nesting Experience, you've probably gathered how much we love Greek food since returning from Greece this fall. We were super excited to try Zaytinya and truly loved every moment of our meal.

When we got home, I sat down and wrote a blog entry, titled Htipiti is my new favorite food because it was incredible. I was lucky enough that Zaytinya's Director of Restaurant Marketing, saw my write up responded that if I wanted it, they would share their recipe with me. I was so delighted!

So, without further ado. Here goes. Htipiti, my new favorite food!

Htipiti (recipe generously provided by Zaytinya)
  • 4-5 red peppers
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 shallots, peeled
  • dash white pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 8 oz block of feta cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place red peppers directly on oven racks (I placed a cookie sheet on the rack below, to catch any drippings.) Bake for approximately 30 minutes, turning ever 7 minutes or so.

When the peppers are nice and charred, remove from the oven carefuly with tongs.

Set the peppers aside and let the peppers cool. Mince garlic and shallots and place in a small mixing bowl. Combine oil, vinegar, garlic, shallots, white pepper, and salt. Set aside.

Back to the peppers. Peel the charred skin from the outside of the peppers. Discard the peels, stems, and seeds.

Chop the peppers into small pieces and place in medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk dressing to combine and pour over peppers. Sprinkle fresh thyme on top of pepper mixture.

Coarsely chop feta into small pieces and add to pepper mixture.

Stir ingredients together and chill for 15 minutes beofre serving.


  1. Wow. Just wow.

    I'm going to have to try this place when I go back to DC next month.

  2. Looks great, Erin! Hope you'll still come see us at Zaytinya. ;-)

    Director of Restaurant Marketing, ThinkFoodGroup

  3. Thanks Jonathan! We will be back for sure! Best Greek meal we've had since traveling to Greece this fall. Actually, better than some of the places we ate in Greece. I can't wait to eat at Zaytinya again soon! Thank you for everything.

  4. A dear friend of mine introduced me to Zaytinya's a couple weeks ago when I was in D.C. WOW! Awesome...LOVE love loved the htipiti! Thanks for sharing the recipe. By the way, also LOVED the Carnitas con salsa de tomatillo at Oyamel. My mouth is watering...

  5. Thanks for posting this .... I have been going to Zatinya since 2006 and love their food! I want to try this recipe, as I had this dish about a month ago, but what do you do with the 1/4 c olive oil?

  6. Hi Cyndi,

    Thanks for noticing my mistake. I corrected it. The oil gets mixed with the rest of the dressing. Sorry about that.


    Erin @ A Nesting Experience

  7. I am going to try this recipe AND will keep going to Zaytinya's--love the food there!!