I seem to be on a bit of Greek recipe roll of late what with my Stafidopsomo, Souvlaki and Greek Salad posts. But this is a recipe I have been dying to share with you all for AGES and since our fridge is currently stuffed with feta thanks to an over-enthusiastic bulk-buy, there’s no time like the present!
I was first introduced to this dish more than a year ago on a visit to Athens. We went to a wonderful traditional restaurant that I have embarrassingly forgotten the name of but I do remember that it was at the top of what felt like 500 steps in the old town. Nothing like a work-out before dinner to maximise eating capacity though!
The chef and owner was the most fabulous lady who was completely in love with the dishes on her menu and took so much pride in talking us through each one. A lot of the offerings were traditional Greek taverna fare that I was familiar with, but a starter of feta with sesame seeds and honey was a new departure for me and caught my eye.
I was very honoured to be given detailed instructions on how to prepare the dish by the chef herself. A good test of my sketchy Greek if ever there was one though luckily for me it’s a pretty simple recipe!
It’s a dish that very much does what it says on the tin – it’s feta, coated in sesame seeds and fried, then drizzled with honey. But the combination of flavours is completely sublime and I was and still am completely in love with it. Paired with some soft white bread, this makes a delicious, simple starter, or you could include it as part of a wider mezze selection.
Feta with Sesame Seeds & Honey
Serves 4-6 as part of a mezze selection or 2-3 as a stand-alone starter
200g block feta cheese
Plain flour – about 2 tablespoons
Sesame seeds – about 3 tablespoons
2 tablespoons olive oil
Honey – about a tablespoon
Bread to serve
- Beat the egg in a wide bottomed bowl (wide enough to allow to you to place your feta in flat) and sprinkle the flour on one plate and the sesame seeds on another. Dip the feta in the egg to coat well on all sides then transfer to the flour and coat on all sides.
- Dip the feta in the egg again, coating on all sides, then place on the sesame seeds plate and cover all sides in sesame seeds.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Turn down the temperature to low and cook the feta for a couple of minutes per each side or until golden brown, making sure you also cook the edges briefly too.
- Remove from the pan and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately with bread.
This isn’t a dish that keeps well once cooked, however you can prepare steps 1-2 up to an hour before you want to cook the feta.