Monday, June 23, 2008

What I Cooked Today... Saganaki

Perhaps my favorite splurge on my European trip was the infamous or famous Saganaki from Greece. This timeless classic is a flaming piece of cheese with brandy. The Greeks will bring it to the table lighting on fire, and yelling "opa" to get you in the mood. The first time I had it I think I ate almost all myself, but after about an hour I realized that wasn't such a great idea. A little goes a long way. "Opa!"


1 lb Kasseri Cheese (a very salty and aromatic cheese)
1 tbsp butter
1 lemon
2 tbsp brandy
And of course a lighter!


First, slice the whole cheese into ¼ inch thickness. Follow that by topping the whole thing with butter and broiling it on a cast iron plate. The fun part comes next at the table. Pour the brandy over the top and light with the lighter. Be careful not to burn yourself! Lastly, squeeze lemon over the top, and be careful not to let the seeds fall into the cheese. Delicious!

Happy Cooking!