saganaki

Pronunciation: [sah-gah-NAH-kee]

A popular Greek appetizer in which ½-inch-thick slices of kasseri cheese are fried in butter or olive oil. Saganaki is sprinkled with lemon juice (and sometimes fresh oregano) and served with pita bread. Some Greek restaurants have a dramatic form of presentation: the cheese is first soaked in alcohol (such as brandy), then flambéed before being doused with lemon juice. Saganaki is generally served as an appetizer or first course.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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