Flaming Saganaki

Saganaki is a fried cheese dish that hails from Greece. The flaming part of this recipe is purely for theatrics, because, who doesn’t like a table side flames?

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Recipe makes 1 shared appetizer serving


  • 2 slices of cheese (kasseri, graviera, kefalograviera, kefalotyri, Halloumi), 1/2″ thick
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 oz brandy (substitute: ouzo)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • olives to garnish (optional) 
  1. Prepare 1 shallow dish of water, and one dish with flour. Dip each slice of cheese in water, and then coat with flour.
  2. Add butter and oil into a frying pan/skillet (preferably cast iron, or something that won’t be damaged by fire) on medium-high heat. Add coated cheese into the pan. Cook each side of cheese for approx. 5 minutes on each side (or until golden brown).
  3. Once the cheese is cooked, pour brandy over the cheese, and light with a bbq lighter.
  4. Wait for fire to burn off before eating. Serve with a lemon wedge. Add kalamata olives and serve with warm pita bread (but frankly, I like to eat it by itself). Enjoy 🙂


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