Gooey on the inside, crunchy on the outside, tirokroketes (fried cheese balls) is an  irresistible appetizer that will leave guests wanting more. For this dish, I use three different types of cheese: feta, graviera, and gouda. The three types play well together and creates great flavor. Eat plain, dunk in your favorite dipping sauce, or squeeze a lemon on top before serving and enjoy!


Tirokroketes (Fried Cheese Balls)
Recipe type: Meze/Appetizer
Serves: 14-16 balls
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz graviera cheese, grated*
  • 4 oz gouda, grated
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • pepper, to taste
  • all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the feta, graviera, gouda, eggs, and milk. Combine mixture well and season with pepper and paprika. If the mixture looks too runny, add in bread crumbs.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to allow the mixture to firm up.
  3. When the cheese mixture is ready, add some flour to a bowl or plate. Form the mixture and roll into balls, about golf ball sized. Then, roll the balls into flour and set aside.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fry pan, to 350F/180C. Once hot enough, drop the cheese balls in batches so the pan isn’t overcrowded. Fry cheese balls until nicely colored and golden on all sides, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!
*If you cannot find graviera cheese, you can use pecorino Romano, Parmesan, or Gruyere.



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