Gebna Makleyah (Egyptian Oven-Fried Cheese)

Recipe by Northwestgal
READY IN: 20mins


  • 1
    cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1
    tablespoon flour
  • 1
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2
    tablespoons olive oil
  • lemon wedge (optional, for serving)
  • pita bread, cut into triangles (optional, for serving)


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Place the cheese, flour, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well with very clean hands. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. If the mixture seems too loose to hold its shape, add a little more flour. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit of lemon juice, vinegar, or water.
  • Pour 2 or 3 Tablespoons olive oil onto a cookie sheet to grease. Arrange the cheese balls on cookie sheet, rolling them around to coat thoroughly with the oil. Bake 5 minutes at 400°.
  • Wearing an oven mitt, shake the baking sheet to turn the cheese balls, and bake 5 more minutes or until golden brown.
  • With a spatula, transfer the cheese balls to a paper towel.
  • Serve the cheese balls while still warm, with lemon wedges and triangles of pita bread.