During a long, lazy trip to Crete I discovered Mizithra…and devoured masses of it. Mizithra is a type of fresh, soft cheese that originates from Crete, is very similar to cottage cheese with its production resembling that of Italian ricotta. Mizithra has a creamy, full texture that melts in the mouth and tastes slightly sweet so pairs perfectly with ripe, juicy tomatoes. This salad is just what I needed on a hot summer’s day, with my mind on Mediterranean escapes.
Known as a “whey cheese”, Mizithra is fairly simple to make; the whey from previous cheese cheese is used and provide the acidity to curdle fresh milk – in the case of this cheese a combination of sheep and goat’s milk. It is produced in three different types; Mizithra, the fresh form is soft and sweet, Xynomizithra is the sour type, and the hard and most aged form is called Anthotyros.
If you can’t get hold of Mizithra then you could substitute with ricotta salata, mascarpone or feta, but bear in mind that the texture of feta is slighlty different to fresh Mizithra.