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Southwestern Saganaki

A yummy twist on the traditional Saganaki and a perfect starter for afiery Mexican dinner for two.


  • 1/4 pound pepper Jack cheese, in a slab 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons rice protein powder, soy powder, or low-carb bake mix
  • Olive oil
  • 1 shot tequila
  • 1/4 lime


  1. Dip the slab of cheese in the beaten egg, then in the protein powder, coating it all over.
  2. Heat 1/4 inch of olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the cheese.
  3. Fry until golden and crisp on both sides, turning only once. Remove from the pan and put on a fire-proof plate.
  4. Pour the tequila evenly over the hot cheese, strike a match, and light the brandy on fire.
  5. Squeeze the lime over the flaming cheese, putting out the fire.

Yield: 2 servings, each with 3 grams of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and 17 grams of protein.

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