Gluten-free Greek Fried Feta Cheese with Sesame and Honey (Saganaki/ Σαγανάκι)
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'Saganaki' is best known for the fried cheese mezze made from kefalotiri or kafalograviera, both Greek cheeses are made from sheep or goat's milk. However, 'saganaki' itself gets its name from the various Greek mezze's that are cooked in a small heavy bottom frying pan, called the sagani. For this saganaki recipe, a block of feta is used.
Vegan or Keto? Omit the honey or use a sugar free or maple syrup alternative.
200g block feta cheese
1 small egg, whisked
50g gluten-free all purpose plain flour
50g sesame seeds
2 Tbsp olive oil, for frying
Greek honey, for drizzling (optional but recommended)
Prepare 3 plates, 1 with the whisked egg, 1 with plain flour and the other with sesame seeds.
Heat a small pan or skillet with the olive oil over a medium-high heat.
Pat the feta cheese dry with a paper towel.
Carefully dip the cheese in the egg then cover in flour.
Dip the cheese back in the egg and then coat all over with the sesame seeds.
Carefully place the coated feta block into the pan, drizzle with more olive oil and fry til golden.
Plate up and serve with a drizzle of Greek honey.
Option 1 - omit the egg and flour and rub the feta with honey, then coat with sesame seeds and bake or fry.
Option 2 - make a thick paste with 50g flour, 1 Tbsp olive oil and adding water 1 tsp at a time until it resembles pancake batter. Dip/coat the feta cheese in this batter, then coat with sesame seeds making sure its completely covered and fry.
SERVE THIS WITH.
Serve as a side or with other mezzes:
Greek Feta cheese - a good source of calcium, phosphorus and protein, all of which have been proven to promote bone health. (Source)
Eggs (organic) - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)
Sesame seeds - are a rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function, vitamin E, which is protective against heart disease and stroke, and important minerals, such as magnesium, iron and calcium. (Source)
Greek honey - is nutritionally dense and filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Source)
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.