Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Appetizers & Beverages | March 17, 2017 | By

If you’ve wondered how simple an appetizer can be, how about a warm cheesy, lightly toasted lemony appetizer with just three ingredients that’s ready in under 10 minutes? An appetizer that until now you’ve only had in restaurants that’s so amazingly, yet simply delicious it’ll have you singing Opa! (with gusto) ~ but don’t worry, no flames are involved in the making of this Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer.

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Appetizers don’t get much easier than this unless you subscribe to the theory that a bag of chips and a tub of French onion dip constitutes an acceptable appetizer and if you do, well . . . let’s chat.

This recipe is for any level cook, so even if you think you need MapQuest to find your kitchen and love take-out meals like you love your own mother, you can and will rock this Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer.

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Ingredients:

  1. Kasseri cheese ⇑, brought to room temp (that part is important)
  2. 1-2 lemons, cut in wedges
  3. Pita bread or a good quality bakery-style bread

** You’ll also need about 1/8 cup of flour and olive oil for frying which I consider kitchen staples and not one of the three ingredients.

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

I could eat this appetizer as a meal, but if you’re looking to add something to it, a Greek Chicken Nacho is perfect.

Instructions:

 Pre-heat a cast iron or heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Leave the cheese in the brick form  it came from the market.

If the cheese is too thin, you’ll have a melted mess (though still tasty) in your skillet so don’t slice it before cooking.

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Add 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and allow the oil to heat up (check to see if it’s hot by adding a drop of water).

Run the cheese under water, then dredge it in flour. Shake off any excess flour then gently lay the cheese in the pan and sauté for a few minutes on both sides until it’s golden brown. 

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Squeeze lemon over the top while it’s still sizzling in the pan. I like a really lemony taste and use several wedges but you can always taste and add more lemon as you like.

Slice and serve hot with pita or bakery style bread.

If you love cheese as much as I do, pledge your allegiance to it and believe it should have not only its own food group but its face on a postage stamp Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer is for you. Enjoy!

The ingredients:

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Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 block Kasseri cheese
  • 1-2 lemons, cut in wedges
  • pita or bakery bread
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat cast iron or heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Leave the cheese in the brick  it came from the market.

  2. Add 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and allow the oil to heat up (check to see if it’s hot by adding a drop of water).

  3. Run the cheese under water, then dredge it in flour. Shake off any excess flour then gently lay the cheese in the pan and sauté for a few minutes on both sides until it’s golden brown.

  4. Squeeze lemon over the top while it’s still sizzling in the pan. Serve hot with bakery style or pita bread.

  1. Mary
    April 10, 2017

    This looks delicious……new type of cheese for me. I’ll have to check around and find it, because I really want to make this soon. Pinned. Thanks, chat again soon.

    • Bernie
      April 11, 2017

      This cheese Appetizer is a long-time favorite of ours and no one needs to know how easy it is to make! Enjoy and let’s definitely chat again real soon.