Saganaki (Flaming Greek Cheese)



  • 1/4 pound Kefalograviera, Kasseri, Kefalotiri or Romano cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Flour, as needed
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil or butter
  • Lemon wedges, as needed
  • Oregano to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brandy


  1. Slice cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices. Dip cheese into egg, then coat lightly with flour.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place cheese in the pan; cook until golden brown on both sides – about 1 minute per side.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Add brandy, then carefully ignite. Douse flame with a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle with oregano.

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