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Beaten cheese Macedonia

Crispy Fried Bieno Cheese – Recipe

Bieno (beaten) cheese is an indigenous dairy product of Macedonia and dates all the way back to the Ottoman Empire. In the past, it was processed only in the Mariovo region in the southern part of Macedonia and was originally produced from 100% sheep’s milk. Today, delicious bieno cheese is produced throughout Macedonia from a mixture of sheep and cow’s milk or sheep and goat’s milk.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe using this tasty Macedonian cheese!

Prep Time: 10 minutes           Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings



  • 200g (8 ounces) Bieno Cheese
  • 200g (1 cup) flour
  • 200g (1 cup) breadcrumbs
  • 50g (1/4 cup) cornstarch
  • 50g (1/4 cup) milk
  • 50g (1/4 cup) canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1g crushed, dried oregano
  • 1g crushed dried parsley
  • 1g garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste



1. Combine flour and cornstarch in a clean mixing bowl and set aside

2. In a second bowl whisk eggs and milk together and set aside

3. In a third bowl combine breadcrumbs, oregano and parsley

4. Add salt and pepper (to taste) to the bowl with the breadcrumbs

5. Cut bieno cheese into sticks or any other desired shape

6. Dip each cheese stick first into the egg mixture, then the breadcrumbs, then the flour

7. Fry in canola oil at 350 degrees until golden brown

8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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