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Two easy Greek summer appetizers

Have you ever fried cheese? Or tossed it on the grill? If you need some easy appetizers that are delicious and unusual, try these recipes, both of which are Greek in origin.

Saganaki
These pan-fried cheese strips go well with lemon juice.

1 pound of kefalotiri, kasseri or young pecorino cheese.
Flour for dredging
1/2 c olive oil
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Cut the cheese into strips about 2" wide and 1/2" thick. Place the strips under a water faucet to moisten, then coat lightly with flour and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet and pan fry the cheese strips. Turn once until golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain on a paper towel, then serve with lemon juice.

Grilled Haloumi
This grown-up “grilled cheese” will have your kid oohing and aahing.

1/2 to 1 lb of Haloumi cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cut the haloumi into 1/2" thick slices. Brush the grill with olive oil. Grill the cheese slices until the cheese starts softening and you see grill marks; turn only once. Garnish with salt and pepper.

Additional accompaniments:
• olives
• tomatoes
• pita bread
• capers
• lamb meat
• toasted bread slices
• dried figs and dates
 

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