Elioti Recipe - A Delicious Cyprus Dish with Flour, Black Olives, and More


Elioti Recipe - A Delicious Cyprus Dish with Flour, Black Olives, and More
Region / culture: Cyprus | Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 8



Elioti is a traditional Greek bread recipe that is packed with flavor from black olives and dried mint. This savory bread is perfect for serving as a side dish or as a snack on its own.


Elioti has been a staple in Greek cuisine for generations, with its origins dating back to ancient times. The combination of olives and mint in bread is a classic Mediterranean flavor profile that has stood the test of time.


How to prepare

  1. Mix the flour with the baking powder and mint.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onions and olives until they are lightly cooked.
  3. Allow them to cool and empty the mixture into dough.
  4. Knead well.
  5. Add the evaporated milk and knead again.
  6. Cover and leave for about an hour.
  7. Butter a loaf tin and put the dough in it.
  8. Bake in a medium oven (350°F (177°C)) for about an hour.
  9. Serve hot or cold.


  • Add sun-dried tomatoes or feta cheese for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Substitute the black olives with green olives for a different twist on the classic recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to finely chop the olives to ensure they are evenly distributed throughout the bread.

- Allow the onion and olive mixture to cool before adding it to the dough to prevent the dough from becoming too sticky.

- Knead the dough well to ensure a light and fluffy texture in the finished bread.

Serving Suggestions

Elioti is best served warm with a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of Greek yogurt on the side.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

You can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for a healthier version of Elioti.

- Coconut oil can be used instead of corn oil for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Elioti can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Slice Elioti into thick slices and serve on a wooden board for a rustic presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Elioti pairs well with a Greek salad or a bowl of creamy hummus.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Elioti in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Elioti contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Elioti contains approximately 30g of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Elioti contains approximately 15g of fats.


Each serving of Elioti contains approximately 5g of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Elioti is a good source of vitamin E, iron, and calcium.


Elioti contains wheat and milk allergens.


Elioti is a flavorful bread recipe that is rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals.


Elioti is a delicious Greek bread recipe that is perfect for serving as a side dish or snack. Packed with flavor from black olives and dried mint, this bread is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Elioti. It was a hot summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria in her cozy little kitchen in the countryside. Maria was known for her delicious homemade dishes, and I always looked forward to trying something new whenever I visited her.

On that particular day, Maria had just returned from a trip to Greece, and she couldn't wait to share a new recipe she had learned while she was there. She pulled out a worn and stained piece of paper from her recipe box and handed it to me with a smile. "This is a traditional Greek dish called Elioti," she said. "It's a simple, but flavorful dish that my family has been making for generations."

As I read through the ingredients and instructions, I could already imagine the wonderful aroma and taste of the dish. It was a combination of tender lamb, fragrant herbs, and hearty vegetables, all cooked together in a rich tomato sauce. I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Maria patiently walked me through the steps of preparing the dish, showing me how to properly season the meat, sauté the vegetables, and simmer everything together until it was tender and flavorful. As the Elioti cooked on the stove, filling the kitchen with its tantalizing scent, Maria shared stories of her own family traditions and the joy of passing down recipes from one generation to the next.

When the Elioti was finally ready, Maria served it up in big, steaming bowls, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. I took my first bite and was instantly transported to the sun-drenched hills of Greece. The flavors were rich and comforting, each bite a delicious reminder of the love and care that went into preparing the dish.

From that day on, Elioti became a staple in my own kitchen. I made it for family gatherings, potluck dinners, and quiet nights at home. Each time I cooked it, I would think back to that summer day in Maria's kitchen, and the warmth and friendship that surrounded me.

Over the years, I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe, adding my own touch with a pinch of this or a dash of that. But the heart of the dish remains the same – a simple, comforting meal that brings people together and creates memories that last a lifetime.

I am grateful to Maria for introducing me to Elioti, and for sharing not just a recipe, but a piece of her heritage and her heart. Cooking this dish always brings me back to that special moment, and reminds me of the power of food to connect us to our past and to each other.

As I sit down to enjoy a bowl of Elioti with my own family, I can't help but feel a sense of gratitude for the culinary journey that has brought me to this moment. And I know that as long as I continue to cook and share this dish, the tradition will live on, passing from one generation to the next, just as Maria did for me.


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