For my 13th birthday I can still remember what I ordered because it’s what I ordered every time – Salad with house dressing, and the Manager’s Special. The Manager’s special is spaghetti with two toppings – spicy meat sauce and spaghetti with browned butter and mizithra cheese is my favorite combo. The topping is browned butter with mizithra cheese and parsley sprinkled on top. I don’t order it much anymore because I try to limit my pasta intake, but I turned my husband and my daughter on to it many years ago, and they still order it. In fact I found out on our last visit to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Kelowna that you can order the browned butter with Mizithra cheese as a side to sprinkle on your pasta if you want to.
Since many of you don’t have an Old Spaghetti Factory close to your home, and by now you’re salivating on your smart phone, let me tell you how to make this awesome traditional Greek cheese at home. Mizithra Cheese is epic. It is goat cheese and can be found at specialty cheese stores. But you can make it at home on the homestead, too.
If you are already making cheese at home, you will be happy to know that Mizithra cheese is made from whey. It’s a great cheese to follow a day of making feta cheese but whey from other mesophilic cheeses will work, too. It is similar to ricotta in this respect, but the method is very different. Feel free to print out this recipe for later.