It's All Greek to Me!
June 1 8:26 AM
Because fried Mt. Vikos Kasseri is traditionally served at the table in the traditional Saganaki pan the meze is called Saganaki. It is both delicious and simple to make. Flaming Saganaki is now traditional in the U.S. but not in Greece.
It is, however, traditional everywhere to eat Saganaki with crusty bread and I’m thinking Wohlner’s Sourdough Baguette is the perfect bread with Saganaki because, well, it is the perfect bread, period.
Cut 3 to 4 ounces of Mt. Vikos Kesseri cheese into pieces about 1/2inch thick, 3inches long & 2inches wide. Rinse the cheese in cold water to remove the excess salt & then pat dry with paper towels, dip in flour and shake off excess flour. Place 1 Tablespoon of olive oil into a warm skillet over medium heat. Place pieces of cheese into the pan and pan fry for about 2.5 minutes per side or until browned. Serve with lemon slices and crusty bread like Wohlner’s Sourdough Baguette. (If you are daring, when you serve the Saganaki in a hot skillet pour 1 ounce of Greek Ouzo into the hot pan, carefully light well away from your face and yell “Opa!”
Mt. Vikos Greek Country Salad Recipe
6 oz Mt. Vikos Feta Cheese, cut into cubes
2 ripe Tomato es, cut into wedges
1 cucumber, peeled. Sliced
Iceberg Lettuce and Romaine Hearts, washed, drained and torn
2 ribs, Pascal Celery, washed and sliced
½ Red Onion, peeled and sliced
¼ Kalamata Olives, pitted and cut in half
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tblsp Fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Greek Oregano
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Place the tomatoes, cucumber, lettuces, onions, and olives in a bowl. Cut the feta cheese into large pieces, place on top of the vegetables. Mix dressing (Or use Matos Greek Dressing instead of the olive oil, lemon and Greek Oregano) in a separate bowl, pour over salad. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4.
NOTE: America’s Test Kitchen recently did a taste test of Feta cheeses and found Mt. Viko’s Sheep and Goat’s Milk Imported Greek Feta to be the best Feta cheese tested!
What to serve with all these Greek foods?
Wohlner’s Sirloin Steak, grilled rare