Talking about cheese and crackers in one:) These crispy cheese bites taste even better when drizzled with fresh home made lemon garlic aioli. Presented here with feta cheese, but you can substitute with semi-hard cheeses like Emmental, Gruyère or Gouda. —Milena
Paprika Panko Crusted Feta Bites
feta cheese in brine (preferably Bulgarian sheep feta)
Turn oven to 350° F. Prepare a silpat lined sheet pan.
Pat dry the feta chunk and cut into bite size pieces (about as big as chicken nuggets).
Make an egg wash by beating the eggs, set aside.
Mix together the flour, Panko crumbs and paprika in a bowl.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Working one piece at a time, immerse cheese in egg wash and cover with Panko mixture, then place in heated frying pan.
Light fry on both sides, working with 4 - 5 pieces at a time, do not overcrowd the pan.
Carefully remove cheese pieces from pan and set on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil. Arrange drained bites on the silpat lined sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Make the aioli (below) during this time.
Take cheese bites out of the oven and carefully transfer onto a serving platter. Drizzle with aioli and add the fresh herb garnish of your choice.
Lemon Garlic Aioli
Begin by beating the egg yolks with a mixer and add the salt, pressed garlic and lemon juice.
Continue beating as you slowly add the extra virgin olive oil until it is well incorporated.