Let’s Make EPCOT Food & Wine Festival’s Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey!

I have, for many years, passed the Greece International Market at the EPCOT Global Food items and Wine Festival without the need of really halting and enjoying everything that it experienced to provide. I would longingly scent the cheese, slow my pace to think about attempting it, and finally continue on strolling, pondering that Greek food stuff just wasn’t for me. Properly, I have not long ago learned that I was incorrect. Very mistaken.

On the day that I experienced my once-a-year passholder preview for Remy’s Ratatouille Experience, I was going for walks out of the France pavilion expansion late in the night. I hadn’t had just about anything to eat, and I was in need of a little something speedy. I built a suitable and began going for walks toward the Morocco pavilion when what should really appear but the Greece Global Marketplace.

Greece, which has traditionally been positioned close to the entrance of the Earth Showcase, is now at the again in between France and Morocco. I took 1 search at the menu, observed the Grilled Cheese in close proximity to the prime of it, and determined to go for it. I was hungry, the cheese smelled great, and who understood? Probably I would like Greek foods soon after all. I actually loved EPCOT’s Baklava when I manufactured it for Saturday Treats, and that’s Greek-adjacent, so it was really worth a attempt, correct? Buddies, that Griddled Greek Cheese (Saganaki) was SO Incredibly Excellent.

Now as I stated, the 1st time I experienced the Greek cheese, it was late at night. When I seemed back again previously this 7 days at the photograph I took that evening of the Saganaki, I observed that it was exceptionally fuzzy and super out of concentration. I was evidently too hungry to bother to get a excellent picture. The photograph just would not do for this article, so back to EPCOT I went. I had to have the Griddled Greek Cheese one far more time (a chore, I know) and I had to get some good pictures so that I could demonstrate you. If you are coming to the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, you should consist of a prevent to get this cheese on your listing. And it is a get-earn because it is also a element of a Emile’s Fromage Montage. Try to eat 5 of the find cheese objects (or five of the Griddled Greek Cheese dishes, as I would counsel) and get an edible prize. What’s not to adore about that?

Previous week’s Saturday Treats recipe, if you are going to remember, was the coup de grace: Chef Paul Bocuse’s Ratatouille. It was the kick off the 50th Anniversary celebration, and we required to go huge. That some thing huge concerned a superior amount of techniques today’s recipe is the finish reverse. We’ll be turning our notice to Foods and Wine Festival’s Passport to a Environment of Flavors Cookbook from 2011. My hubby bid on and gained (my hero!) this cookbook for me for the duration of the DIS Spouse and children Reunion auction to elevate funds for Give Youngsters the Planet. Today’s recipe is number of in techniques, and relatively easy. Properly, once you get your arms on the cheese, that is.

My Publix provides a significant variety of cheeses from around the earth. Just about any and just about every cheese developed by mankind, together with a few I’m guaranteed no one particular knew about, are represented in that cheese scenario. Other than the 1 that I needed for today’s recipe. The recipe (which, mind you, is now 10 yrs old) phone calls for Kasseri cheese. Kasseri cheese is just about the only cheese that is not easily out there at my grocery retail store. Or on Amazon. Or on the internets, as it turns out. Well, which is not accurately correct. I could’ve paid out around $36 to get it below to my household, but it would not have arrived right up until following week and who wants to pay out $36 for cheese? Aspect observe: If you do, in fact, want to pay out $36 for cheese, I will not blame you. I’m a admirer of cheese, but I just desired to fork out a bit a lot less for today’s needs. You do you. Ahem.

Thankfully, today’s recipe incorporates a cook’s notice that states that Kasseri is a semi-hard cheese manufactured with sheep’s or goat’s milk with a little bit of a salty, sharp flavor. I turned to those people on the Internet who know greater than me and discovered out that Halloumi cheese would be an suitable substitute for Kasseri. Whew! And, thankfully, my grocery store had Halloumi cheese in that extravagant dancy cheese situation. And when I returned to EPCOT this week and enjoyed a different serving to of the Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey, guess how the item was explained on the receipt? Griddled Halloumi cheese. Yep, even the cooks at EPCOT experienced to go with the again up cheese.

Our incredibly to start with phase in getting ready today’s recipe is to chop somewhere around 10 pistachios and toast them. I would usually want to use uncooked pistachios in this case, but I wanted only 10, so the little pack of salted and roasted nuts experienced to do.

The recipe asks for us to warmth the pistachios in a smaller non-stick sauce pan for 5 to 7 minutes or until finally golden brown. We’re to do so more than medium-high heat. I chopped the pistachios and tossed them into the smallest pan on earth, and nicely prior to 5 minutes was up, experienced a little brown pistachios. They ended up considerably extra brown than the pistachios that are currently strewn across the Griddled Greek Cheese (Saganaki) in EPCOT’s model, but I figured they would do. I threw in an un-toasted pistachio just before all the things was reported and performed so I had a little bit extra of the vivid green shade heading on.

I also ended up tossing the toasted pistachios into my Pampered Chef chopper to make certain that the nuts were chopped a little bit a lot more finely than they turned out right after toasting. It did the trick with just a several chops, and I established them apart.

We’re now to change our consideration to the block of Halloumi cheese. Watchful when you’re opening the deal it is a semi-tough cheese, so there is heading to be a little bit of liquid floating all-around in there. The recipe asks us to cut the cheese (insert required giggle listed here) into 2-inch extensive by 1/2-inch thick slices. My block of cheese was about 2 1/2 inches vast, and I known as it good adequate. It is Saturday, and you and I really don’t have time to be fussing about a 50 percent inch of cheese, which is for certain.

I sliced the Halloumi cheese into three pretty even slices of proper all around 1/2-inch thick. It’s worthy of noting at this place that 1/2-inch thickness is much thicker than as what is at the moment being served in-park. Nonetheless, I persisted. A fifty percent inch it was.

The recipe following named for me to pull out a non-stick skillet and put it on the stove in excess of high heat. We are to bring that skillet up to remaining “extremely hot” and add the slices of cheese which would then, in concept, get a nice toasty brown crust on the exterior but not melt on the inside. If only that had transpired.

As a substitute, what happened is that the cheese hit the pan and trapped to the pan even although the pan was non-adhere. Immediately after attempting to coax the cheese into not sticking to the pan, I made a decision to again up and punt a bit. I played about with adding non-stick spray, and then in the long run acquired a distinctive skillet out of the cabinet, coated it with non-stick spray, and then included a bit of olive oil. I am usually a stickler about these Disney recipes what Disney suggests, I do whether the success be great, lousy or if not. Nonetheless, when working with just around ten pounds of Greek cheese, I have to draw the line. I’m not wasting that wonderful cheese. I went into “save the cheese” method and acquired the second skillet up to temp (although a lot less than “extremely hot”) and put the 50 %-griddled cheese slices into the pan. I turned the warmth down just a bit, which permitted the cheese to get toastier on the outdoors.

Finally, the cheese acquired a lot more brown than what I would want it to be. Of course, what is becoming served in Epcot is brown, but it’s extra of an classy “we intended to do this” brown, not “this pan was much too hot and there was nothing at all to avoid it from sticking to the pan so this is what you get” darkish brown. That remaining mentioned, griddled cheese is griddled cheese and we’re likely to try to eat it no issue its shade. And in the end, its shade did not subject one little bit. It was actually superior.

The 2011 recipe also claims that we should really provide the cheese with toasted baguette slices. It is really worth noting that this is no lengthier carried out in the park, but for the sake of today’s Saturday Snacks recipe, and the actuality that I appreciate all carbs, I figured it would not hurt. I was at the grocery store quite late in the evening, so I had to acquire what I could get. And what I could get was a multigrain baguette, and I resolved it would have to do. I sliced pretty thin pieces, positioned them on a cake pan, and set them less than a minimal broiler with the oven door open up and an eagle eye on them. I flipped them in excess of halfway by way of, and had wonderfully minor toasted multigrain baguette rounds when I was completed.

The recipe now asks for you and me to drizzle the slices of griddled cheese with honey and best each individual cheese slice with a sprinkling of toasted pistachios. I gently drizzled my initially slice of Saganaki with honey, included the pistachios, and stood back again to admire my perform. I was definitely hoping this would taste somewhere in the vicinity of what it does when I’m standing in the World Showcase.

Dear mates, this was fantastic. Is it exactly like what I have experienced now two times in EPCOT? Not precisely, but it is amazingly near. As I pointed out before, the Griddled Greek Cheese now getting served in EPCOT is thinner than 1/2-inch thickness. In my estimation, what the chefs are serving up these times is far more on the 1/4-inch thick facet of matters.

That becoming reported, the toasty Halloumi was warm and salty, and when paired with the honey and salty pistachios, was out of this earth. I would love to decide the EPCOT chefs’ brains on how to get it precisely like what I’ve experienced in-park, but this will do in the meantime.

The toasted baguettes were scrumptious, and genuinely additional to the enjoyment of the cheese. When I’m in EPCOT shoving that cheese in my mouth, I really don’t mind just possessing straight up cheese. But at residence? It was just a small bit fancier obtaining some of the cheese on a very little toasted baguette spherical.

If you’re an individual who desires a little bit extra sweet with your salty, pour on extra of that honey. If you want a tiny much more salty going on, sprinkle on some more pistachios. That is the elegance about re-producing these Disney treats at dwelling you get to contact the photographs.

I hope that your weekend is a fantastic one particular! I’m off to the eye medical doctor for my annual eye test and look at up. It is so substantially enjoyment being an adult, right? Whether your weekend will be crammed with adulting tasks or times of channeling your inner baby (or both equally), I hope that it is just like the cheese that we have made these days: a small salty and a small sweet. The perfect combination. Thanks so a great deal for examining, every person. I value you greatly.

Completely ready to provide a flavor of Foodstuff and Wine Pageant into your kitchen area this weekend? The recipe is under:

Saganaki (Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey)

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 teaspoons finally chopped pistachios (about 10 pistachios)
  • 12 ounces Kasseri cheese
  • 4 teaspoons honey, for garnish
  • Toasted baguette slices, for serving
  1. Warmth pistachios in small non-stick sauce pan above medium-significant heat for 5 to 7 minutes or till golden brown established apart.
  2. Lower cheese into 2-inch wide x 1/2-inch thick slices.
  3. Warmth large non-stick skillet around large heat. When skillet is exceptionally warm, increase cheese and fry 1 to 2 minutes on each aspect or until golden brown. Serve quickly. The cheese will be sizzling but not melted.
  4. To provide, drizzle cheese with honey and sprinkle with toasted pistachios. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

Cook’s Observe: Produced in Greece, Kasseri is a semi-challenging cheese that is ordinarily designed with sheep’s or goat’s milk with a sharp, salty taste and cheddar-like texture.