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A traditional Greek cheese, kefalotyri (pronounced KEF-ah-loh-TEER-ri ), is usually made from raw goat's milk and/or sheep's milk. Depending on the mixture of milk used to make the cheese, it could have a color ranging between white and yellow.
This tough cheese has a sharp flavor and dry texture. It dates back to the Byzantine era, and it's believed that this cheese is related to most Greek hard cheeses. The cheese is made throughout Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. It's also known historically to be the first cheese produced at the beginning of a new season, ensuring that the milk used was taken once the lambs were weaned.
Whereas young cheeses are aged between 2-3 months, kefalotyri is aged for up to a year. Because it's aged for a longer time, kefalotyri has a stronger flavor. Its taste is similar to Gruyere, but kefalotyri is saltier and harder. It also resembles another Greek cheese called kefalograviera, another type of sheep's and goat's milk but is slightly softer and not as salty.
If you're looking for ways to use kefalotyri, these are some of its most common uses:
- Prepare Saganaki: Perhaps the most well-known way of using this cheese is in Saganaki. In this appetizer, the cheese is cut into strips or cubes, dipped into water and then flour, and pan-fried in olive oil. Make sure the oil is hot enough, otherwise the cheese will not fry properly. You only leave the cheese in the pan for about one minute. Serve the fried cheese with a lemon wedge.
- Add it to Spanakopita: When you're making this savory Greek spinach pie, add 1 cup of shredded kefalotyri along with feta into the spinach mixture for the filling. It's placed inside a crust made out of phyllo dough.
- Top main courses: Because of its dry texture, kefalotyri is easy to grate, so you can use it on top of various dishes such as pizza, stews, and soups.
- Serve it on a cheeseboard: Cut up the kefalotyri into bite-size pieces, and place them on a cheeseboard. Include figs, pears, and grapes.
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