Sesame Fried Feta with Fresh Berries and Mint

Sesame Fried Feta with Fresh Berries and Mint

Inspried by the flaming fried cheese, aka saganaki, beloved at Greek restaurants and festivals (and often served with a celebratory exclamation,“Opa!”), we’ve dredged feta in rice flour and sesame seeds for a gluten-free take, then pan-fried it. We don't recommend that you set it on fire; it may be less dramatic than the traditional version, but it's equally delicious. 

Sesame Fried Feta with Fresh Berries and Mint Recipe

Serves 4

Shopping List
2 cups organic mixed fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries 
¼ cup honey
One ½-pound block feta (sheep’s milk, preferred)
⅓ cup rice flour
1 large organic egg
½ cup toasted sesame seeds
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 sprigs organic fresh mint

Tools
Medium bowl, large frying pan

1 Prep the berries

  • If using strawberries, remove the green hulls and thinly slice the strawberries. For other berries, cut any large berries in half.

In a medium bowl, toss the berries with 2 tablespoons of the honey.

2 Prep the feta

  • Pat the feta dry and cut into eight ½-inch-thick planks.
  • On a plate or shallow bowl, spread the rice flour in an even layer. 
  • Crack the egg into a shallow bowl. With a fork or whisk, lightly beat until just blended. 
  • On another plate or shallow bowl, spread the sesame seeds in an even layer. 

Working with one plank at a time, dredge the feta in the rice flour, turning to coat; shake off any excess. Dip the feta into the egg; let the excess drip off, then gently press the feta into the sesame seeds, coating all sides. 

3 Cook the feta
In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the feta and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Add more oil between batches if needed.

4 Finish the berries

  • Strip the mint leaves from the stems; coarsely tear or chop the leaves.

Stir the mint into the berries. 

5 Serve
Transfer the fried feta to a serving platter, drizzle with the remaining honey and serve with the fresh berries and mint. 

 

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 440, Protein: 14g (28% DV), Fiber: 5g (20% DV), Total Fat: 26g (40% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 10g (50% DV), Cholesterol: 90mg (30% DV), Sodium: 540mg (23% DV), Carbohydrates: 42g (14% DV), Total Sugars: 25g, Added Sugars (honey): 17g (34% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.

Bonus recipe—ingredients not included in box.  

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