What is ”Saganaki”?
In Greece when we refer to the word ‘’Saganaki’’ it usually means two things. For one there is a type of cheese that is called ”Saganaki”. This type of cheese is for frying purpose only. It gains a nice crust while still soft on the inside. For two, the word is used to describe the plate in which we serve a ‘’Saganaki’’ in. The small round plate that has two handles on the side (the one you know as a baking dish) . But all in all, the word ‘’Saganaki’’ refers to either the type of cheese, the ‘’Saganaki plate’’ or to anything that’s cooked with cheese and served in the ‘’Saganaki plate’’.
The most famous Saganaki versions in Greece (except the cheese itself) is usually the Seafood ones, like Prawns Saganaki, Mussels Saganaki and much more.
A satisfying Meat Replacement
Since I’m a fan of Saganaki I created my own version. Using mouthwatering mushrooms, that I absolutely love to eat. I think mushrooms are a great replacement when you want to skip meat in one of your meals. To my mind, mushrooms can mimic the strong and rich flavor of the meat . And Hey, they’re also low in calories as well.
So my Mushroom Saganaki starts off like this:
I heat some olive oil, toss in the mushrooms keeping them nice and crispy transfer them to the baking dish (or Saganaki dish) and
Next thing I do is to add some fresh tomato sauce (I prefer my own homemade one but a ready made one like Barillas will do just fine) ,on top, along with some crispy peppers and coat everything with some Gouda and Kefalotyri Cheese. And then just bake! Pretty simple stuff.
And I know, I know… Gouda cheese doesn’t really remind you of a Greek dish but believe me, it’s the perfect cheese that creates the perfect ‘Melting-Cheesy- Goodness’. And on top of that, the Greek Kefalotyri cheese comes in to give our dish the saltiness and perfect cheese crust. Just one word left to describe it: SCRUMPTIOUS!
Buy yourself some bread…
Once you try it, you will want to have every bit out of its sauce. So my advice is to have some bread to dip in it. When I made this Mushroom Saganaki at our restaurant, our waiter went crazy asking to try it.
When he did try it though he felt sorry he couldn’t dip some bread in its sauce (because of his gluten intolerance) and enjoy it fully and properly. So that’s why I warn you, Do buy some bread