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Close-up of Greek ‘Giofkades’ means lasagna pasta cooked with pieces of meet and tomatoes sauce

Giofkades

Giofkades, Gioufkades or Giochades

Giofkades (sometimes spelled gioufkades or giochades) are basically homemade hilopites. They are a purely Thracian recipe brought to the town of Strymoniko by Thracian refugees. The name comes from the Turkish word Yufka which signifies large sheets of pasta that are generally round and widely used for making pitas of all sorts. They are roasted on a special utensil with a large cast-iron surface set over coals.

Giofkades are thin, crispy ribbons of pasta, which are stored in small canvas bags, or in times of poverty in old pillowcases, or in plastic, tightly sealed containers.
They are made from flour, eggs, coarse semolina, sour yeast, milk, and water.

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