TCL in Your Town Osseo: Olympia Café
Olympia Café in Osseo is a Greek restaurant that has been in the same family since 1984. They specialize in Greek and American food. The owner, Paul Santrizos, shows us how to make Saganaki – a dish that involves cheese and fire!
Cut a lemon in half then set aside
Prepare a 1/2” thick piece of Asiago or Kasseri cheese by cutting it roughly 7” in length (we prefer asiago)
Whisk 2 eggs until uniform
Coat cheese with egg
Dredge entire piece in flour
Heat pan at medium heat then add a generous amount of oil to your pan
Heat both sides of cheese on medium heat until light golden brown and soft throughout feel free to flip to make sure it’s not close to burning
Turn heat on high for roughly 10-20 seconds to make sure pan is very hot while you pour 1.5oz of brandi on top of the middle of the cheese- immediately light on fire with long neck lighter
Wait for flame to go down and squeeze lemon on top
Serve on a separate plate
The higher the heat, the higher the brandy/flame will bounce of the plate- be careful not to burn your cheese or yourself!