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The BIG GAME is this weekend, and when it comes to appetizer recipes for a party, you know I’ve got you covered!
And seriously, it’s so simple and tasty, people will completely overlook the fact that it’s filled with veggies. Dips be damned, this simple Greek panzanella with saganaki will be the star of any party!
Like my grilled peach panzanella, most use a crusty, fluffy bread, but I decided to try using Stonefire Naan, and I don’t think I will ever go back. It’s perfect for panzanella!
I threw the naan under the broiler for a few minutes, then chopped it up and tossed it with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion, then dressed it with my famously famous Greek dressing and went to town. You’ll be hard-pressed to find appetizer recipes that compare to this one!
Normally, when my Greek dishes, I use a lot of feta, but this time I decided to have a
little lot of fun by making saganaki instead! Basically all it is is fried cheese. So delish. I went with halloumi cheese, then dredged it in flour that was sprinkled with a hearty helping of salt and pepper, and then fried it up real quick in a large skillet. Took like five minutes. It was awesome.
And since it’s best warm, it was the last thing I did to finish off this panzanella.
Hollatcha appetizer recipes! Whoop whoop!
Simple Greek Panzanella with Saganaki (Greek Fried Cheese)
- 2 C Cucumber, quartered and sliced
- 2 C Mixed Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved
- 1 Small Red Onion, sliced thin
- 1 1/2 C Kalamata Olives
- 1 Package, 8.8 oz Stonefire Naan
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
- 8 oz Halloumi Cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 C Flour
- Sea Salt, to taste
- Cracked Peppercorns, to taste
- 1/2 C Canola Oil*
- 1/2 C Greek Dressing
- In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and kalamata olives. Set aside.
- Heat oven to broil. Place naan on a baking sheet, and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, then place in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the bubbles in the naan are dark brown and crispy. Remove from oven and cut into 1 inch squares, then add to the bowl with the vegetables.
- In a large cast iron skillet, heat the canola oil to medium high. Combine the flour and a generous helping of salt and pepper in a shallow dish, then dredge the halloumi cubes in the mixture. Tap each cube gently to remove excess flour, then add to the skillet in a single layer and fry until light brown, around 5 minutes, flipping the cubes halfway through. Remove from pan to a paper towel to drain excess oil, then add to the bowl with the rest of the panzanella.
- Drizzle the Greek dressing over the panzanella and toss lightly to coat, then gently turn out into a serving bowl and enjoy immediately!