August Recipe from Chef George: Saganaki (Flaming Greek Cheese)

August 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Saganaki (Flaming Greek Cheese)

4 oz. of Greek cheese- kasseri, kefalotyri or kefalograviera
2 eggs lightly beaten with 1 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. Brandy
1 lemon, cut in half
1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Cut the 4 ounce block of Greek cheese of your choice into (4)  1 ounce pieces. Next, dip each piece of cheese into the egg mixture and dredge it in flour. Fry the cheese in one tablespoon of olive oil in a *cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, turning it once, until it’s golden and crusty, one to two minutes. Transfer the cheese to a small warmed casserole, douse it with two tablespoons of brandy, and light it with a match. Squeeze a lemon wedge over the cheese to put out the flames. And don’t forget the “Opa!”

*If you don’t have a cast iron skillet a thick bottom sauté pan will work.

I listed several types of Greek cheese, some are harder to find than others. Other substitutes are  pecorino romano or other hard Italian salty cheese.


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