When it comes to Greek cheese, many people immediately think of feta. But have you heard of manouri cheese? This semi-soft, creamy cheese made from sheep’s and/or goat’s milk has a milder flavor than feta and can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are recipes showcasing the versatility and deliciousness of manouri cheese.
- Cast iron grill/griddle
- Nonstick pan
- Shallow dish
- 150-200 grams Manouri cheese room temperature
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds toasted
- pinch of salt
- Over medium heat, add the sesame seeds in a pan and stir occasionally, about 3-5 minutes, until toasted. Let cool and transfer to a small cup.
- Pat the Manouri cheese dry. In a shallow dish, pour the olive oil, then dip the Manouri cheese in the olive oil on both sides until fully coated. Season with a pinch of salt.
- Heat a cast iron grill/griddle over medium heat. Grill the Manouri for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until grill marks form.
- Transfer the Manouri to a plate. Drizzle with honey and top with sesame seeds. Serve with toasted pita or bread.
Let the Manouri cheese reach room temperature before grilling. This will ensure that the center will be heated once grilled. You can use as little or as much honey and sesame as you desire. If you don't want to grill the cheese, you can bake the Manouri at 200ºC|400ºF for about 5 minutes, and broil for one minute to caramelize the top. Then, drizzle with honey and top with sesame seeds.
Manouri cheese is a delicious and unique ingredient that can add a creamy and tangy flavor to any dish. Whether you’re grilling it, stuffing it, or baking it into a dessert, manouri cheese is sure to impress your taste buds and your guests. Give one of these recipes a try and discover the versatility of this underrated Greek cheese.