All about Greek Cheeses: A Must have Food with Any Meal

Oct 31, 2018

There’s no doubt: Greek food and cheese just go together. Whether they’re incorporated into a traditional Mediterranean recipe, or simply eaten with a slice of fresh fruit, there’s always a reason to bring them to the table.

Here are some of the types of Greek cheeses:

1. Feta

Feta is a sheep or goat’s milk ( sometimes both) curd. This is likely the most well known of all Greek Cheeses. If you ask the average person to name just one, it would likely be Feta.

Try Feta in a simple, garden fresh Greek salad. Chop cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions.  Place them in a bowl with Greek pitted olives. Then, drizzle the salad with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, coarse salt and pepper. After tossing the salad, top it with a good portion of Feta cheese. Enjoy!

2. Kefalotyri

This is a delicious, slightly salty, white cheese that’s hard in texture and made with goat or sheep’s milk.

Since it’s such a hard cheese, it will hold its shape when heated. Try grilling Kefalotyri for about 1 minute or 2 on each side, or until golden brown. Serve the cheese with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of black pepper. Your guests will love this one!  

3. Graviera

Graviera is a wheel cheese, made from the perfect blend of cow, goat and sheep’s milk.  It’s slightly sweet to the taste, and is at the top of the go-to list of traditional Greek Cheeses.

Next time you make pizza, try brushing a thin crust with extra virgin olive oil, then add chopped garlic and onions, fresh tomato slices, and top with olives and  Graviera cheese. Easy, quick and satisfying.

Graviera cheese

4. Kasseri

This is a stringy white cheese ( similar to provolone) made mostly from unpasteurized sheep’s milk, blended with a small amount of goats milk.

Kasseri spread is excellent as an appetizer. And it’s simple. Just take chopped and pitted Kalamata olives, coarse garlic and a pinch of oregano. Spread the mixture, over carefully placed cheese, in a quiche pan.  Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes. Serve the spread warm with bread or fresh fruit. This is pure comfort food at its finest.

5. Manouri

Manouri is a whey cheese, similar to fresh feta, made from either sheep or goat’s milk.

Here’s a great and simple Greek sandwich. Take a good crusty bread, serve it open faced with sautéed onions, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and fresh spinach leaves. Drizzle the sandwich with extra virgin olive oil. Add freshly ground pepper and a splash of lemon juice Then, top it off with a generous portion of Manouri cheese. This one’s definitely worth trying.  

6. Mizithra

Mizithra is made with milk and whey, using either goat or sheep’s milk, or sometimes a mixture of the two. This Greek cheese is similar to Italian Ricotta cheese.

Here’s a quick, and delicious, pasta. Just brown some butter in a pan until golden. Then, pour it over cooked pasta. For the final touch: Add a generous portion of Mizithra cheese and toss. You are going to love this pasta!

7. Kefalograviera

This is a cheese that is hard in texture and made from either goat or sheep’s milk. Sometimes, it’s made with a combination of both.

Kefalograviera is a tremendous stand-alone table cheese. You’ll also enjoy it with a side of fresh fruits, served with Ouzo or wine. Simple is sometimes best.

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