Fried saganaki cheese is one of the most popular mezes that can be found in Greek taverns. It is an extremely tasty, but also filling and salty snack. When ordering it in a tavern or preparing it yourself, you must also remember that it is a real caloric bomb.
As in the case of garides saganaki (shrimp baked in tomato sauce), the word saganaki means the type of a small pan on which the Greeks prepare this dish. However, if you do not have it in your kitchen accessories just use any pan with a thick bottom.
The most important component of this dish is the right type of cheese, which in addition to the appropriate taste will also be resistant to high temperatures and will not melt completely during frying. The Greeks use hard Gravier, Kefalogravier or Kefalo cheeses, which are made from sheep's milk. In some parts of Greece, cheese saganaki is prepared with halloumi or cheese mastello.
In Greek stores you can also find cheeses already cut and sold under the name Saganaki . It is best to ask the seller about the salt content then. In Poland, unfortunately, it is difficult to stock up on hard Greek cheeses, so you can use Italian equivalents. We in the pieces of cheese to saganaki we have stocked with Greece . It is made of cow's cow's milk and is characterized by quite spicy and salty in taste.
1. Cut the cheese into slices with a thickness of about 1-1.5 cm, rinse it under running water and then coat it with flour, the excess of which is slightly brushed.
2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry cheese slices on both sides in golden color.
3. Serve the fried cheese with a piece of lemon.
Although many people avoid street food, we, for our part, encourage you to use such places in Greece. Your particular interest should be aroused by places where there are swarms of local Greeks. And do not worry about how this place looks like, the oilcloth on the tables and a collection of not-perfect-looking chairs can be a harbinger of tasty (albeit not always cheap) food. Of course, choose with your head and wisely, rather we advise against all kinds of hamburgers, ice cream shops and small gastronomy based on continental quick delicacies. However, places offering products based on fragments of local cuisine can turn out to be really interesting discoveries. This is how we discovered pancakes stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.
Fava is a popular appetizer in Greece somewhat similar to hummus, but unlike it, it is made from yellow-skinned peas. Fava is easy to prepare and can be served both hot and cold, for example with pita bread.
We were eating this meal for the first time in Rethymno in one of the humble family taverns outside the main tourist trail. We were surprised by the slightly different taste of breadcrumbs that we wanted to recreate in our kitchen. As we have managed to establish with the friendly Greeks, it is the addition of beer that is responsible for this characteristic taste.