Thursday, July 7, 2011

mizithra and browned butter.

What the fruit is mizithra??


Welp, it's cheese. It's a very tasty cheese. And when combined with pasta and browned butter, it melts in your mouth to create this smoky, nutty, cheesy goodness that makes you wonder where this cheese has been all your life.

It's been in Cincinnati. Here.

At least, that's the only place I could find it.

Yeah, I died a little inside when Trader Joe's didn't have it. And when no one working there knew what it was.

Here's what it is defined, a la Wikipedia. You can go read it if you want to be bored to death. If you're reading this at 3 am unable to sleep, go try it.

But I'm sure you're not here to be bored. At least I hope not.


Basically, it's a Greek goat cheese. And it's impossible to find. But if you do happen to find it, you should make this dish.

Mizithra and Browned Butter.

Made famous by The Old Spaghetti Factory, Miz and Browned Butt (that's the abbreviated version) is a dish my mother-in-law and I both happen love and also happen to order nearly every time we're at The OSF.

It's amazing.

We've both been trying to make this dish at home, but haven't been able to find this elusive cheese!

Luckily, our friends made a voyage down to Jungle Jim's in Cincy and picked me up a wedge. How kind!!


And just an fyi, this is so easy, a monkey could make this.

You just have to find the cheese.

I've heard Parmigiano-Reggiano is an acceptable substitute for Mizithra. But I can personally neither confirm nor deny this statement. 'Cuz I haven't tried it myself. Maybe I will the next time I crave this dish.


Mizithra and Browned Butter (from Allrecipes)

Prep Time: 10 min.  Cook Time: 15 min.  Difficulty: E-Z


1 pound spaghetti (I used linguine)
1 cup butter
3/4 cup Mizithra cheese

Hello!! 3 ingredients!!


1. Cook pasta in large pot of lightly salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain.
2. When pasta is almost done, start slowly melting the butter over medium heat until brown. Skim butter solids off top. Toss pasta with butter. Sprinkle with cheese to taste.

Hello!! 2 directions!! Told you it was easy.

Serves 6-8

My tip:  This can be great as a light main dish or as a side. It would pair nicely with a chicken parmesan or try it alongside Chicken Prosciutto!


Aaaaaand the best part is you work off the calories you're about to consume when you grate the cheese. See what I just gave you? A guilt-free dinner.

You're welcome :)


  1. I love Jungle Jims. This recipe looks great. Found you from Tasty Kitchen!

  2. Isn't Jungle Jim's the best? Heaven on earth, really. Also great? Tasty Kitchen :)