Cheese Saganaki (Fried Feta) and How NOT to make it!

While we were in Greece we had a dish called 'Cheese Saganaki' (Fried Cheese)

So, I tried to make it myself. Silly me didn't look on the net or anywhere first I just 'decided' how to make it......Can't be that tricky I thought, it's just a block of feta in batter and deep fried. WRONG!

UPDATE: Since this attempt I have got it right - here.

This is what it should look like.

This (below) if you haven't already guessed, is mine.......


It doesn't look quite the same does it?!

Deep frying is not good - I didn't have my brain in when I made this as the batter floated to the top of the fryer and the feta melted!......I retrieved what I could of the feta and balanced the batter back on top. Tasted okay but this obviously isn't how to make it!

Peter over at Kalofagas tells me you just dip the cheese in flour and shallow fry it.
Tiz easy when you know how. I'll have another go soon. Do I get any points for trying?!

7 comments

  1. Hi Jan :)

    Your
    tag is done
    dear :)

    It was great fun to me... Thank you so much!

    Cheers!

    Banu

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  2. Fried feta sounds good. I would think that shallow frying with a touch of flour would work.

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  3. Yep Jan, a shallow fry is what's needed here and shake off excess egg wash.

    Kali Orexi!

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  4. Jan, your photo's are brilliant! I love your blog and can't wait to read more!

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  5. GONNA TRY THE FRIED FETA TONIGHT, I WILL HOWEVER DIP IN FLOUR, THEN IN EGG & THEN IN BREAD CRUMBS, SHOULD WORK, WILL LET YOU KNOW.

    REGARDS
    LINDY

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  6. Jan,

    The top picture isn't fried feta - it's fried Halloumi, which is a completely different cheese, and is not Saganaki.

    Halloumi is a cheese of Cyprus, made from mixed sheep and goat's milk, sold in a block, with a slightly rubbery texture. It is specifically made to be fried.
    As the Cypriots are of greek descent, this cheese has made it's way into Greece, where presumably you came across it.

    I'm glad that the fried Feta worked, neither of these dishes, the Halloumi or the Feta, are Saganaki, which is generally made with a different cheese altogether and is a "wet" dish, and not a dry one as these are.

    Best regards,

    Simon

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  7. Simon - The picture is of fried feta.
    I do know the difference between feta and Halloumi.
    Although the most "well known" Saganaki dish involves cheese, there are many "saganaki" dishes that are prepared. Saganaki refers to the two-handled vessel that the meze is prepated in. There is "mussels saganaki" from Thessaloniki, a nother favourite enjoyed all over Greece called "Garides (shrimp) Saganaki, and there's Cheese Saganaki where the cheese used is left to one's discretion and tastes.

    On this day I made Feta Saganaki and perhaps I'll make Halloumi Saganaki sometime soon!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan




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