Feta saganáki

2 servings; 5 min preparation; 15 min cooking time.
If you want an easy appetizer for your dinner party, a fast Sunday lunch or a simple main dish, this is the perfect recipe for you. All you need to do is cut some feta cheese and fry it very fast. The feta will become creamy and soft. You will be surprised how the texture of the cheese changes when you warm it.

Saganáki originates from the Greek cuisine, although some people claim it as a Turkish dish. The name comes from the small copper two-handled frying pan, called “sagáni” in Greek or “sahan” in Turkish,  used for the preparation. The cheeses that are usually used in this dish are kashkaval, kasseri, kefalotyri or feta. Normally, saganáki is fried in oil, but if you want to stay healthy, you can make it in the oven or fry it in an AirFryer as I did.

You can make many variations of this dish. If you cut the feta in smaller cubes, they can be the perfect bite for your dinner party. Add dried herbs in the crust and you will change the dish completely. Or add some lemon juice. Either way, the combination of the creamy feta, the spicy cayenne pepper and the sweet honey is a marriage made in heaven.

Ingredients

  • 300 g feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp acacia honey
  • vegetable oil for frying (optional)

 

Preparation

Beat one egg in a deep dish of a bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs and the cayenne pepper.

Cut the feta cheese in big squares or triangles. Dip each piece of feta in the egg, then roll in breadcrumbs. Repeat two or three times. That way the crust will be thicker and crunchy. Roll the squares in sesame seeds at the end.

Preheat oil in a frying pan or put the pieces on a baking paper sheet and cook them in the oven. Fry the pieces on both sides until golden. If you use the oven, preheat it to 220 degrees C/430 degrees F and bake for 15 min. You may want to turn the pieces half way, so that they are golden on both sides. I fried mine for 12 min in the AirFryer on 200 degrees C/390 degrees F.

Drizzle honey on top and sprinkle some additional cayenne pepper if you want it to be more spicy. Enjoy!

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