Savory Cheesecake, Dakos Style

Savory Cheesecake

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης.

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, at the beginning of the world there were two gods ruling, Uranus (the Sky) and Gaia (the Earth). Uranus, afraid of losing his dominance to his descendants, cast his children into the depths of the earth. Gaia, not liking her husband’s attitude, hid her son Cronus in their bed and later she helped him dethrone Cronus. According to myth, Gaia advised Cronus to castrate Uranus and throw his genitals into the sea. Thus, the goddess of beauty and love Aphrodite was born. You can check her birth and story in Pan Seared Scallops with Apple Cider Cream post.
Nevertheless, story seems to repeat itself and Cronus was to share his father’s fate. Afraid of his father’s prophetic curse, he was swallowing every child who was born, so no one could take his place. Cronus’ wife Rhea gave birth to five children before Zeus, who all ended up in their father’s stomach. When Rhea realized she was pregnant with Zeus, she thought that that child should not share the same fate as the previous ones, so she asked for the help of her parents, Uranus and Gaia. Following their advice, she went to Crete and gave birth to Zeus hidden in a cave in the Cretan mountains. As soon as Rhea gave birth to Zeus, the future father of gods, she gave him to the Curetes, a legendary tribe, to look after him. They danced and stamped, beat their drums and clashed their shields to cover the baby’s crying.

Savory Cheesecake
In order to dispel any fears of her husband Cronus, Rhea gave him a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes instead of the baby. He swallowed it at once feeling secured that his throne was at no risk as there were no descendants left.
In the meantime, little Zeus was growing up in Crete hidden from his father. Amalthea, a goat or according to others a nymph, suckled the holy infant from her horn and the nymph Melissa nursed Zeus and looked after him, giving him the nourishing honey so he would grow more quickly. When Zeus grew up and came of age, he followed his father’s and grandfather’s steps, overthrew Cronus, took his throne and became the first among the first in mount Olympus. (Source:

Savory Cheesecake
Crete is the largest island of Greece and the fifth largest in Mediterranean Sea. Cretan diet has become famous for its healthy ingredients, the usage of greens and fibers. Cretan Dakos is one of the most complete meals I know and it is perfect either as a salad or as a meal itself. I have decided to change things up a little bit and make a savory cheesecake that will have the taste and ingredients of the Cretan Dakos. This is such a tasty, elegant appetizer and you can even serve it as first course. I, also, since we are in summer season, decided to make it using light ingredients so as to be as skinny as possible. So, feel no guilt and enjoy this delicious savory cheesecake!

Savory Cheesecake


4.9 from 12 reviews
Savory Cheesecake, Dakos Style
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Serves: 2
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For two spring forms with diameter 10 cm / 4 in.
  • 60 gr. / 2 oz. barley rusk, finely crumbled the same way you do with digestives
  • 2 to 3 tbsp margarine or butter
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. light cream cheese
  • 70 to 100 gr. / 2.5 to 3.5 oz. feta light 12%, crumbled
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • 1 large tomato chopped per two cheesecakes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano per cheesecake
  • Salt, pepper
  • Olive oil to drizzle on top
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Melt the butter or margarine.
  2. In a bowl mix the margarine with the barley crumbles.
  3. Divide the mixture to the two small molds and press it towards the bottom of the mold with your fingertips.
  4. In another bowl mix the cream cheese, the feta crumbles, the oregano and the basil.
  5. Divide the batter to the two cheesecake molds and level it.
  6. Put in the fridge for couple of hours to stabilize.
  7. A few minutes before serving them, take them out of the fridge.
  8. Unmold them and add on top of them the tomato.
  9. Add salt, pepper, the oregano and drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Serve as individual salad or first course.
  1. If you cannot find barley rusk, use whatever is handy for you, it would be better if it is whole grain.
  2. Start by adding 70 gr. / 2.5 oz. of feta try it and if you want it more salty add some more. It is completely up to you.
  3. If you want it to be really skinny, use margarine instead of butter and drizzle couple of tsp of olive oil per cheesecake.

4.9 from 12 reviews
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Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Ορεκτικό, Σαλάτα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Serves: 2
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για δύο φόρμες με αποσπώμενα πλαινά με διάμετρο 10 cm
  • 60 γρ. κριθαρένιο παξιμάδι, τριμμένο
  • 2 με 3 κ.σ. μαργαρίνη ή βούτυρο
  • 200 γρ. Light τυρί κρέμα
  • 70 έως 100 gr. φέτα 12%, τριμμένη
  • ½ κ.γ. ρίγανη
  • ¼ κ.γ. ξηρό βασιλικό
  • 1 μεγάλη ντομάτα, ψιλοκομμένη ανά δύο cheesecakes
  • ½ κ.γ. ρίγανη ανά cheesecake
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • Ελαιόλαδο για να ρίξετε από πάνω
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Λιώστε το βούτυρο ή τη μαργαρίνη.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατέψτε τη μαργαρίνη με το τρίμμα κριθαροκουλούρας.
  3. Μοιράστε το μείγμα στα δύο μικρά καλούπια και πιέστε το προς το κάτω μέρος του καλουπιού με τα δάχτυλά σας.
  4. Σε ένα άλλο μπολ ανακατέψτε το τυρί κρέμα, τη φέτα, τη ρίγανη και το βασιλικό.
  5. Μοιράστε το μίγμα στα δύο cheesecake πάνω από το στρώμα κριθαροκουλούρας.
  6. Βάλτε στο ψυγείο για μερικές ώρες να σταθεροποιηθεί.
  7. Λίγα λεπτά πριν από το σερβίρισμα τους, βγάλτε τα από το ψυγείο.
  8. Ξεφορμάρετε και προσθέστε στην κορυφή τους η ντομάτα.
  9. Προσθέστε αλάτι, πιπέρι, ρίγανη και ρίξτε ελαιόλαδο.
  10. Σερβίρετε ως ατομική σαλάτα ή πρώτο πιάτο.
  1. Δοκιμάστε προσθέτοντας 70 γρ. φέτα και αν το θέλετε πιο αλμυρό, προσθέστε λίγο περισσότερο.
  2. Αν θέλετε να είναι πραγματικά light χρησιμοποιείστε μαργαρίνη αντί για βούτυρο και ρίξτε 2 κ.γ. ελαιόλαδο ανά cheesecake.


47 Responses to Savory Cheesecake, Dakos Style

  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Savory Cheesecake looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  3. Ola says:

    a very elegant variation about what I ate last time in Athens:)

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  5. Regina says:

    Oh Katerina, it looks so delicious, and the photos is so awesome!!!

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  7. Great photos and looks super yummy…

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  9. Sandra says:

    The presentation is just beautiful! This is a perfect appetizer to share with friends. I’ve never purchased barley rusk. I’ll look for it the next time I go shopping.

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  11. The cheesecake looks amazing – I’ve never even thought of savory cheesecake before! I also loved the mythology lesson. :-) What are barley crumbles, though? I’m not sure where to find them.

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  13. Sara Brennan says:

    Great story and amazing presentation!

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  15. Yum, I love savory cheesecake, this sounds wonderful!

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  17. Hadia says:

    This is so pretty, Katerina!A great addition to any table buffet! Pinning!

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  19. I love getting lost in the history you share. Then, of course, I am thrilled to find a beautiful recipe at the end. Wonderful!

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  21. Twice now, I had a great comment written out, but guess I didn’t get the CAPTCHA code right. :/ I love the concept of a savory cheesecake! VERY INTERESTING!

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  23. This savory cheesecake has my name on it! Looks delicious!

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  25. LydiaF says:

    I love the idea of this fabulous cheesecake. After searching the web, it looks like I could use melba toast as a substitute for the barley rusk. Thanks!

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  27. Ααααα πολυ ομορφα σερβιρισμένο… γλιτώνεις την κούραση οταν προσπαθεις να σπάσεις το παξιμάδι και αυτό αντιστέκεται 😉

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  29. Nadji says:

    Les dieux comme les hommes ont beaucoup de mal à lâcher le pouvoir une fois qu’ils l’ont, quitte à manger ses propres enfants ou à martyriser son peuple.
    Un cheesecake salé très tentant. Je n’en fais que des sucrés mais je vais changer d’avis.
    A bientôt

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  31. mia xara says:

    What a delicious recipe, Katerina!!! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, have a great day, XOXO

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  33. gloria says:

    Look delicious!

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  35. mjskitchen says:

    I did not know that was how Aphrodite came to be nor the story of Zeus and his parents. Great education on Greek mythology. Thanks!!! A savory cheesecake, what a great idea! Barley as the crust is quite interesting and new. It sure looks delicious!

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  37. Susan says:

    Beautiful savory cheesecake, Katerina. At first I thought it was a sweet cheesecake with strawberries but then I read the recipe. So interesting and delicious!

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  39. Daniela says:

    Katerina you rock! Love this cheesecake with an amazing twist, it looks irresistible.V8M

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  41. Lela says:

    This is such a gorgeous dish and the recipe sounds great! I’d love to invite you to my Inspiration Thursday link up at my blog today to share some of your posts. Hope you can make it! Lela @

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  43. grace says:

    this is a wonderful idea and a beautiful creation! i love the notion of using barley rusk as the crust, and your herbed tomato topping is perfect.

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  45. Loved your Greek mythology story. That is why I love your blog so much as not only do you have amazing food which our family adores but also a great read too. I have never thought about making a savoury cheesecake but this is brilliant! Love the simple flavours and textures. Photos are just stunning today!!! Sharing and pinning of course!

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  47. marcela says:

    This sounds gorgeous! Never had savory cheesecake before!

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  49. Pam says:

    Great story, Katerina! Interesting with Uranus and Cronus, like father, like son. I vaguely remembered the story of Zeus, he was one lucky guy! Your cheesecake looks and sounds delicious. I’m all for savory and the colors of this are great. Thanks for the story and the recipe!

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  51. Diane says:

    Katerina your stories are always so engaging. I love learning more about the famous Greek mythological characters! This cheesecake is an amazing, fresh summer beauty. I love that you made it savory and it still looks like dessert. YUM!

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  53. mia maria says:

    Κατερίνα μου, δεν έχω λόγια! Συγχαρητήρια για την ιδέα! Είναι εκπληκτικό!

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  55. Elena says:

    This cheesecake looks so delicious! I will definitely give it a try

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  57. A Savory cheesecake? With Tomatoes? Where has this recipe been my whole life?? WOW! This looks so appetizing and delicious.

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  59. I’ve never had a savory cheesecake before, but I’m sure I’d love this one. Looks delicious!

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  61. I love the history/mythology/geography stories you include in your posts. Love this, it’s not how I have ever had a cheesecake, savory.

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  63. I have not thought of making a savory cheesecake. It sounds yummy and looks beautiful.

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  65. christine says:

    Wow, I’d never think to make a savory cheesecake. It’s beautiful of course and I bet delicious. Great job!

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  68. nipponnin says:

    As always, fascinating to read Greek mythology! This doesn’t look like savory dish though, very pretty!

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  70. Abigail says:

    Great minds think alike, I was just thinking of a savory cheesecake yesterday and this looks perfectly delicious!

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  72. Ha, I was just reading about the castration of Uranus (don’t ask) this week but did not know why. I think ti is my first savory cheesecake, great idea and looks wonderful.

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  74. Tara says:

    This is brilliant, I would love to serve this at a dinner party!!

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  76. I’m not a big sweet eater so this is my kind of cheesecake.

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  78. I always enjoy reading your stories, Katerina. This savory cheesecake looks fantastic!

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  80. Great story and beautiful cake. Looks wonderful. Love the savory spin!

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  82. I’ve never made a savoury cheesecake, but I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I’ll have to try one soon!

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  84. rebecca says:

    cool never heard of a savory cheesecake

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  86. από τα πιο αγαπημένα βραδυνά μου πιάτα, ειδικά τώρα το καλοκαίρι. εσύ το έκανες πιο εμφανίσιμο και κομψό!!
    καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου!

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  88. Ο ντάκος είναι από τις πλέον αγαπημένες (αν όχι η αγαπημένη μου) σαλάτες και τη φτιάχνω πάρα πολύ συχνά γιατί αρέσει και στα κορίτσια πολύ!
    Υπέροχη αυτή η πιο κομψή εκδοχή του!
    Σε φιλώ!

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  90. What a beautiful recipe and pictures Katerina mou! I will definitely have to make this for my family!!

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  92. This is so pretty and I love the use of feta here.

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