Flaming Cheese

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Author Notes: After years and years of trips to Detroit's Greektown for lamb chops, tarama, skordalia, eggplant spread and flaming cheese, we decided that we had to do the cheese at home to get our "fix". Armed with kasseri cheese and brandy we developed this easy recipe and do it frequently in the summer as part of a backyard mezze. Opa!.... - inpatskitcheninpatskitchen

Food52 Review: I would like to give a double thumbs up to Flaming Cheese. Oh my, is this good AND easy! The Kasseri cheese is worth seeking out, its flavor and texture are unique and delicious. The addition of oregano and lemon provided additional intrigue. I served it with olive bread, since I had it on hand, and every last morsel was devoured. This recipe will be added to my "favorite" file! - sticksnsconessticksnscones

Serves 2 to 4 as an appetizer

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 slices kasseri cheese, about 4 inches in diameter and cut 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 3 ounces inexpensive brandy
  1. Mix the flour and oregano in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. Beat the egg and milk in a shallow bowl.
  3. Wet the pieces of cheese with water and coat each with the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and then back into the flour.
  4. In a heavy saute pan or cast iron skillet, melt the butter and olive oil until the butter starts to foam.
  5. Place the cheese into the pan and fry on both sides until golden and the cheese starts to soften.
  6. Quickly take the pan outside, pour in the brandy and ignite yelling "OPA" in unison.
  7. Let flame for effect for about 30 seconds and then squeeze a half of lemon over to douse the flame. ( the second half is "just in case")
  8. Serve this immediately spread on sliced country bread.

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about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks sticksnscones for your kind comments! This has been one of our favorites for years...


about 4 years ago sticksnscones

The pleasure was all mine! Thanks to you for providing such a great recipe.


about 4 years ago cheese1227

My first interaction with "Opa!" was in Chicago's Greektown back in February 1993 on the first trip I took with my then boyfriend (no husband)! Thanks for the memory.


about 4 years ago karguam

I can't wait to try this...it looks delicious!


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Was hoping someone would post a recipe for this! Sounds perfect.


about 4 years ago Sagegreen



about 4 years ago Pat in SoCal

This is called saganaki and it is wonderful! Taverna Tony's in Malibu serves mountains of it...and I know because I've eaten mountains of it. I have some kasseri in my fridge right now. OPA! Thanks for a great recipe.


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Pat! We have kasseri left and may make more tonight...hopefully I'll be able to get a picture of the flames....


about 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Love it! I'm Detroit born and raised and this dish is very close to my heart!


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks lastnightsdinner....Our favorite restaurant, New Hellas, closed about 2 years ago, so we've been making this more and more often.


about 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

I was also raised in Michigan and have been to New Hellas several times. I didn't even know that it had closed. sigh...glad that you gave us this recipe, so I can make it at home. Who doesn't love flaming cheese?


about 4 years ago lapadia

Love, kasari, love your recipe!


about 4 years ago lapadia



about 4 years ago inpatskitchen



about 4 years ago ellenl



about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you ellenl.