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Keto tomato patty from Santorini – Tomatokeftedes

Keto tomato patties are my old passion and a new brave project! They originate in one of the most mysterious islands, not only in Greece but in the whole world. Even if there’s somebody on this earth that haven’t heard anything about Greece, they know about  Santorini.

Santorini, the tomato saga

Santorini is not only recognised for its spectacular elegance but also for its unique tomatoes. These typical and unique tomatoes are miniature but extremely delicious. They are so tiny that most tourists think they are some sort of cherries. Interestingly, the quintessential Santorini tomatoes grow exclusively on this alien planet.

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Santorini tomatoes

Tomatoes from another planet

Have you ever seen a photo from Santorini? It’s a rhetorical question, of course. The island looks like it’s from another universe. Just look at it!

These photos are from our last visit to this world-famous summer attraction.

I am not talking only about the wonderful Cycladic architecture, but the fertile volcanic red soil which simply cannot be compared with anything in Greece. It’s official, nowhere in Greece the vegetables and fruits taste so good as they do in Santorini. The cherry tomatoes from Santorini are so intensive in taste, that no other variety can compare to them.

How can it be so unique?

Horticultural experts are still not confident why Santorini tomatoes are so different from any other kind. Maybe it’s just a unique variety. Systematic farming of tomatoes in Santorini started in the year 1875. The greatest thing regarding the Santorini tomato is that it stayed untouched to this day. It has never ever been implanted with another variety.

Keto tomato utilisation

As you might know, we have to be careful with tomatoes on Keto. Well, of course, they are fruits and they definitely are sweet. However, you cannot exclude them from a Greek or any other Mediterranean cuisine. Their unique taste and potassium content put them on the throne! If you are careful and use just enough to keep your macros in order, you’ll be able to enjoy them in a large variety of Keto dishes.

Keto tomato patties – from Santorini to your plate

Even if you cannot afford a trip to Santorini, you can have a taste of it in your home. Well, maybe you’ll have troubles sourcing the exact Santorini tomatoes, but with this unique Keto recipe, you’ll prepare something that will taste as close to Santorini Tomatokeftedes as possible. You can use any kind of cherry tomatoes. However, it’s crucial to use all the spices I’m including here. Furthermore, it’s also very important to be patient and cook the way we do in Greece – slowly and with passion!

Don’t worry about the macros. Keto tomato patties will be 100% Keto friendly. Loads of good fats, the minimum of carbs. I’ll take care of the macronutrients for you, as I always do! Furthermore, I’ll give my best to create a recipe that’s easy to prepare, yet provides ultimate Mediterranean experience.

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Keto tomato patties from Santorini

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek, Keto Mediterranean
Keyword: Keto Tomatoes
Servings: 20
Author: Apollonas Kapsalis

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg free-range
  • 12 pieces cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 100 g Feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Frying oil

  • 50 g butter grass-fed (preferably goat butter)
  • 50 ml olive oil extra virgin

Instructions

  • Finely chop all the herbs and mix them together with garlic powder.
  • Chop the tomatoes into very small pieces and crumble the Feta cheese. Mix them with an egg using a fork. Add the herbs and whisk some more. 
  • Mix baking soda and lemon juice in a small glass and add this foamy mixture to your tomato and feta mixture.
  • When the mixture is unified, add 2 tbsp of psyllium and whisk until psyllium gets absorbed and the consistency is smooth.
  • Leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  • The mixture will dry out due to psyllium activity, so you will be able to create small patties. 
  • In a deep frying pan, melt the butter and add olive oil. Fry the patties for 3 minutes from each side and serve them with a dash of Greek yoghurt or sour cream.

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