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Greek-Style Fried Cheese Balls: Tirokroketes

These Greek Style Cheese Balls, also known as, Tirokroketes, are the perfect appetizer for your Holiday table. They’re filled with 3 different types of cheese, coated in cheesy bread crumbs and fried to a crisp, golden perfection.

I used 3 different cheeses to create the perfect cheese balls. Feta adds a creaminess, the parmesan cheese is a dry cheese that adds a nutty salty flavor, and the Gouda cheese is slightly tangy and melts beautifully. You may use your favorite cheeses and herbs. I love the freshness of mint along with the different cheeses.

Rosemary, thyme, and dill would also pair well. Get creative and let me know in the comments how you plan on making them.

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Greek-Style Fried Cheese Balls: Tirokroketes

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By Dimitra Khan Serves: makes 18-20 balls

These Greek Style Cheese Balls, also known as, Tirokroketes, are the perfect appetizer for your Holiday table. They're filled with 3 different types of cheese, coated in cheesy bread crumbs and fried to a crisp, golden perfection.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (100 grams) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) shredded Gouda cheese
  • ½ cup (100 grams) Parmesan cheese/kefalograviera
  • ½ cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs plus 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese for breading
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

1

Combine the cheese, mint, oregano, and flour into a bowl and mix together. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.

2

Whisk the eggs together and add to the cheese mixture. Mix until combined.

3

Form walnut sized balls with the mixture.

4

Combine the breadcrumbs with the Parmesan in a shallow bowl and toss together. Season lightly with salt and add some oregano if desired.

5

Roll the cheese balls in the breadcrumb mixture.

6

Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat until hot and fry 5-6 balls at a time until golden all around.

7

Place the fried cheese balls on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.

8

Serve with tahini sauce, tzatziki, or some lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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