Sunday's roast - Psito
Updated: Aug 31
Sunday's roast or Psito as it is called here on Cyprus, the easiest and at the same time most delicious meal for Sundays. I always say that the Cypriot women knew how to cook! Meals prepared in one casserole in the morning and the food can easily be warmed up for all family members who come home at different times. In earlier days when the family was working the land it was a great comfort to come home to a nice stew including for the wife and mother as she was responsible for the meals and also giving a hand wherever necessary, so to come home after a hard day she didn't have to cook as the stew was ready. The same is true for Sunday's roast, after the church service that would end around 10 o'clock, this meal is easy prepared, placed into the oven and it cooks by itself, time for family with coffee and cake. At lunchtime all would gather around the kitchen table awaiting the roast as the aroma already filled the house and all were anxious to eat.
With time most households exchanged their wood ovens in the yard with gas or electric ovens in the kitchen, which were easier to handle, but Sunday's roast baked in the wood oven obviously tastes much better!
1 kg goat or young lamb's meat
(1kg for 3 persons)
2 small to medium potatoes per person
300 ml olive oil
400 ml water
salt, pepper, bayleaves and oregano
Optional: tomatoes, green peppers or any other vegetables that can go in a roast.
(carrots, gourgettes, onion, garlic)