Tirokroketes (Fried Greek Cheese Balls)
Tirokroketes is a traditional Greek dish that cheese lovers will fell in love with. These crispy treats are soft on the inside and super crunchy on the outside. They are usually served as an appetizer, but can also be enjoyed as a main meal with the right sauce and side.
Tirokroketes are usually made with a mix of various Greek cheeses such as graviera and feta, but also gouda. These cheese balls are mixed with bread crumbs before being fried. If you can’t find graviera at your local supermarket, you can replace it with gruyere.
They are always served hot, sometimes with tzatziki or a spicy tomato sauce.
Tirokroketes/ Greek Fried Cheese Balls
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 4 oz graviera cheese
- 4 oz gouda
- 1 egg
- 1 egg whites
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ tsp paprika
- black pepper to taste
- all purpose flour for dredging
- vegetable Oil for frying
How to make Tirokroketes:
- In a mixing bowl, add the grated cheeses (feta, graviera, gouda), the eggs, and the milk. Combine the mixture well and season with pepper and paprika. Add in some bread crumbs, if the mixture looks too runny.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to allow the mixture to firm up.
- When the cheese mixture is ready, add some flour to a bowl or plate. Form the mixture and roll into balls, walnut-sized balls. Then, roll the balls into flour and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat until hot and fry 5-6 balls at a time until golden all around.This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the cheese balls from the pan with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
- Serve warm with tzatziki or tomato sauce. Enjoy!