Greek meze of grilled manouri cheese drizzled with honey and topped with cracked black pepper
There is nothing easier than grilled manouri cheese with honey. For real! This Greek meze is ready in about 5 minutes, involves very few ingredients, and is special enough to be served to guests. So, slice up a baguette, get out some crackers, or cut up some pita bread and get ready to enjoy your new favourite appetizer!
What is manouri cheese?
Manouri cheese is a Greek cheese that lives in the shadow of feta. In fact, it relies on feta for its very existence; manouri is made from the whey that is drained when making feta. Pasteurized sheep or goat milk is added to the whey. The curds are drained and then packaged in plastic cylindrical containers. The resulting cheese, like feta, does not have a hard casing or outer ring. It is usually sold as log shaped rolls, or pieces cut from a roll.
Also like feta, manouri cheese is a Protected Denomination of Origin cheese, which means that only manouri made in certain parts of Greece can be labeled manouri.
Manouri cheese is less salty than feta, creamier, and some say it has a hint of citrus flavour. It is low is sodium, low in cholesterol and has a fat content of approximately 35%, hence the creaminess.
How to cook with manouri cheese
Whenever you want a rich and creamy cheese in a recipe, consider using manouri. You can use it in place of feta in spanakopita, you can add it to macaroni and cheese, and you can crumble it over a simple green salad to make it a little more special. You can also, of course, make our meze of grilled manouri cheese with honey.
What you need to make grilled manouri cheese with honey
You can either make this lovely meze outdoors on your barbeque, you can also use a grill pan and make it on the stovetop. Using a grill pan will give you the nice grill marks and will add to the texture of your cheese.
Other than the pan, you will need some olive oil, honey, cracked black pepper and whatever you want to serve your cheese with. We like to use sliced baguette, but pita bread or crackers would be delicious too.
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Grilled manouri cheese with honey
- 1 Grill pan
- 1 round of manouri cheese, 1 - 1½ inches thick
- olive oil for brushing onto cheese
- 1 tbsp honey
- cracked black pepper
- Heat grill pan until very hot. Brush both sides of cheese with olive oil and place onto grill pan. Cook until you get grill marks and then rotate the cheese 90° until you get a crisscross pattern. Carefully flip the cheese over and cook on the other side, creating the same crisscross pattern.
- Transfer grilled manouri to a serving plate. Drizzle with honey and cracked black pepper. Serve with baguette pieces, crackers or pita bread. Enjoy!