Saganaki (Flaming Cheese)

Serve Saganaki with sesame crackers, wedges of pita bread, cocktail rye bread or assorted crackers.



  • 1/2 pound Kasseri or Kefalotiri cheese*
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

* Mozzarella cheese can be substituted for these cheeses.


  1. Cut cheese into 3 wedges; place in shallow heatproof serving dish. Brush cheese with butter.
  2. Set oven to broil or 550 degrees F. Broil cheese with top 4 to 6 inches from heat until bubbly and light brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Heat brandy until warm; pour over cheese. Ignite immediately. Squeeze lemon over cheese. Cut wedges into halves.