Cookbook:Tyropita (Greek Cheese Pie)
Tyropita (Pronounced:: tee-ro-pee-ta) is a Greek layered pastry appetizer, made with layers of buttered filo dough, stuffed with cheese and usually shaped like a triangle. It is sold in bakeries throughout Greece, where it is a very popular breakfast and snack.
An alternative to tyropita is spanakopita, a pie with spinach.
- 1 1/2 pounds (675 g) Feta Cheese
- 5 Tablespoons Butter
- 8 Tablespoons flour
- 2 cups (480 ml) scalded milk
- 7 Eggs lightly beaten
- 3/4 pound (330 g) phyllo pastry
- Butter for brushing pastry
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Crumble cheese into very small pieces. Melt butter in small pot. Add flour, blend well. Slowly add scalded milk, stirring constantly to make a smooth bechamel sauce. Add a little salt & pepper. Remove from heat and stir until cool. Add crumbled cheese and mix well. Add eggs and mix again.
- Butter a pan about 2 inches (5 cm) smaller than the phyllo sheets. Use a little more than half of the phyllo sheets to make the bottom layer of the pie. Brush each with melted butter and place it in the pan letting the edges hang over the pan.
- Pour in the cheese-egg mixture, spreading evenly.
- Cover mixture with the phyllo that extended beyond pan. This will prevent mixture from leaking out.
- Carefully cut remaining phyllo to fit pan. Brush each sheet with butter before placing on pita.
- Brush top with butter and sprinkle with a little water. Score into strips to make cutting the pie easier after it is baked.
- Bake in a preheated 300F. (150c) oven for 45 min. Cut into pieces and serve hot.