Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese Food

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FLAMING GREEK CHEESE (SAGANAKI)



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This flaming cheese ritual was started by restaurateurs in Chicago, who encouraged customers to yell, 'Opa!' as the plate was being ignited. You can recreate the tradition at home in minutes, whether you'd like to spark up a little romance with an old flame on date night or just try a fast and fun cheese dish on a chilly weeknight. Serve with sliced fresh or grilled bread.

Provided by Chef John

Categories     Appetizers and Snacks     Dips and Spreads Recipes     Cheese Dips and Spreads Recipes

Time 13m

Yield 2

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 (4 ounce) package kasseri cheese
1 tablespoon water, or as needed
¼ cup all-purpose flour, or as needed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons brandy, at room temperature
½ lemon, or to taste
1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley

Steps:

  • Brush each side of the kasseri cheese with water. Dredge both sides in flour, making sure the surface is completely covered.
  • Preheat a well seasoned cast iron skillet on medium-high heat until smoking. Pour in olive oil. Carefully place the floured cheese in the hot oil. Cook until cheese begins to ooze and a golden brown crust forms, about 2 minutes. Quickly flip cheese over with a spatula. Fry until bottom is golden brown, about 30 seconds more.
  • Remove skillet from heat and transfer onto a napkin-lined plate. Pour brandy over the cheese. Light the brandy using a fireplace lighter. Now you can exclaim "Opa!" and marvel at the fire. Squeeze some lemon juice on top to extinguish the last few flames and garnish with parsley.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 391.2 calories, Carbohydrate 15 g, Cholesterol 61.2 mg, Fat 25.4 g, Fiber 1.8 g, Protein 16.3 g, SaturatedFat 11.2 g, Sodium 543.5 mg, Sugar 0.1 g

GREEK FETA SAGANAKI



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Saganaki is a cheese-based Greek appetizer. The original Greek version is typically fried. The cheese is typically made from sheep's milk. Delicious regional variations include the use of Formaella cheese in Arachova and cheese in Cyprus. In the United States, saganaki is made differently. Instead of being fried, the cheese is usually covered with Brandy extract, and set aflame at the table when served (typically with a shout of "Opa"). The cheese is then extinguished with the juice of a fresh-squeezed lemon and sometimes served with pita bread. The invention of the "Flaming Saganaki" is usually attributed to Chicago restaurateur Chris Liakouras. What we're going to be making is a pan-fried version with slices of ripe tomatoes.

Provided by tha ARTIST

Categories     Cheese

Time 10m

Yield 8 slices, 2-8 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 8

8 ounces feta cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup flour, all-purpose
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large tomatoes, sliced
dried leaf basil, for decorational effect
salt & pepper, to taste

Steps:

  • Slice your feta into small squares, about 2×4 inches- you should be able to get 8 slices out of the 8 ounces.
  • In a small bowl- beat egg with oregano. Dip each slice of feta in egg, shake of excess and coat with flour till evenly covered.
  • In a large frying pan- heat olive oil over medium heat. Quickly cook cheese in oilve oil, until golden on both sides. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Arrange feta on a large (& pretty) plate with thick tomato slices, season with S & P, garnish with basil.
  • Enjoy!

SAGANAKI (FRIED CHEESE) GREEK STYLE



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This is wonderful to serve as an appetizer, serve lots of lemon wedges and I like crisp Pita Bread Pieces. If you cannot get the Greek cheese you may in a pinch use Italian Provolone - I had to use this because I didn't plan far enough ahead to get the good Greek Cheese. Evelyn/Athens posted a link to this recipe (off Zaar) and when I searced Recipezaar I could not find one like this. Thanks Evelyn. The recipe is simple and very good.

Provided by Bergy

Categories     Cheese

Time 15m

Yield 6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 4

1 lb kasseri cheese or 1 lb graviera cheese
flour (for dredging)
1/2 cup olive oil (or less)
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Steps:

  • Cut the cheese into strips 2 " wide and 1/2" thick.
  • Place strips one by one under the cold water tap and coat lightly with flour, set aside until you have dredged all the strips.
  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet and pan fry the cheese, turn once until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove dab with paper towels and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

FLAMING CHEESE (GREEK SAGANAKI)



Flaming Cheese (Greek Saganaki) image

Greek restaurants famous Flaming Cheese. The hard Greek cheese can be found in Greek or Middle Eastern grocery stores and gourmet food shops.

Provided by Deb Mattson

Categories     Greek

Time 32m

Yield 8 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 8

kasseri cheese
salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 cups brandy
1 cup flour
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 lemons, juice of
8 pita bread, brushed with olive oil and grilled
1 cup kalamata olive

Steps:

  • 1 Season both sides of cheese with salt and pepper. Place cheese in shallow dish and cover with brandy. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 2 Season flour with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • 3 Remove cheese from dish, reserve 1/4 c brandy. Dredge cheese in seasoned flour coating completely.
  • 4 In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • 5 Pan fry cheese 2 minutes per side. Add reserved brandy and carefully flame the brandy, shaking pan back and forth several times.
  • 6 Add lemon juice.
  • 7 Remove cheese from pan and serve with pita bread and olives.

SAGANAKI (GREEK FRIED CHEESE SQUARES)



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I live next to a city that is mainly Greek restaurants and gets a lot of tourism for the Sponge Docks and just love having this appetizer!! The combination of the salty cheese, butter and lemon juice is so flavorful. Can serve it with pita bread or type of bread of your choice, or heck, just eat it plain as it is delicious.

Provided by diner524

Categories     Cheese

Time 12m

Yield 100 pieces, 25 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 3

2 lbs kefalotyri cheese (can use feta or kasseri cheese)
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)

Steps:

  • Cut cheese into bite sized pieces. In a heavy skillet, fry cheese in hot butter quickly (a few seconds on each side) until golden. Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with lemon juice. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 185.7, Fat 16.3, SaturatedFat 10.2, Cholesterol 42.8, Sodium 416, Carbohydrate 3.1, Protein 7.2

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Top Asked Questions

How to fry saganaki cheese?
So shallow frying the cheese in olive oil is the way to go! To prepare your saganaki, you need to follow three very simple steps: Cover the surface of the cheese with cold water. Dip it in a bowl of water or place under running water. Pan fry (shallow fry) with olive oil in a pan warmed up to medium heat.
What is saganaki in Greek food?
Saganaki. In Greek cuisine, saganaki ( Greek σαγανάκι) is any one of a variety of dishes prepared in a small frying pan, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese .
How do you make saganaki crispy?
If you cut the cheese thinner, the saganaki will melt into the pan. Place the cheese under running water and then dredge into the flour, shaking off the excess flour. This will help the saganaki form a nice golden crust and to hold its shape when fried.
What can I Cook in a feta saganaki pan?
The most common traditional Greek recipes cooked in that kind of pan include cheese saganaki, mussels saganaki and shrimp saganaki. For this feta saganaki recipe you will need just a few ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. For coating the feta saganaki I am using a very simple egg and flour coating.

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