Ofto – Antikristo

Ofto or antikristo is called the meat that is cooked in a particular way. It is one of the oldest ways of cooking meat, since there is no need for utensils, grills and other cooking tools. Usually, men who prepared it in such a way were those who had to stay away from home for a long time – e.g. farmers – and who could not afford to carry with them household items.

The ofto or antikristo is still cooked today by several Cretans, who recognize the uniqueness of flavor that it offers. It is, however, also one of the delicacies that can be found in taverns and restaurants on the island. The whole secret lies in the fat that melts onto the pieces of meat and gives it a flavor, like that of the smell of wood burning.

Ofto or antikristo is the meat that is not placed on the fire – as we do when we grill – but on the side, facing the fire. Each piece is put on a spit, usually made of maple wood and salted and to be thoroughly cooked, it takes about an hour and a half.