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Saganaki (Flaming Cheese)

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1 piece cheese cut in a triangle (“Kaseri” or “Kefalotire”)
1 whiskey glass of “Metaxa” or another brandy (warmed)
1/2 lemon
1 egg

Dip cheese into beaten egg

Flour the dipped cheese

Then fry it in an oiled or buttered frying pan, turning it over two times.

Have a hot pan ready

Put cheese into hot pan

Then pour the Metaxa or other brandy on the cheese

Light it with a match and say “opaa.”

Extinguish the flames by squeezing the lemon over the pan.

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Recipe from Petros: A Chicago Greek restaurant where there is good food, good wine and fun.

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Saganaki (σαγανάκι) refers to various Greek dishes prepared in a small frying pan, itself called a saganaki, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese.

Cheese saganaki can be made with graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi, kasseri, kefalotyri, or sheep's milk feta cheese.

Flaming saganaki apparently originated in 1968 at The Parthenon restaurant in Chicago’s Greektown (according to this Dining Chicago article: ).

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