Tiropita is a Greek-style feta cheese appetizer that is incredibly tasty. This Americanized version uses three different cheeses along with puff pastry to create a delectable dish that will bring rave reviews.
An old friend of mine served these savory goodies at her house many years ago, and I immediately knew I had to have the recipe.
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She had made them using phyllo dough, which is the traditional Greek method, but I find them equally appetizing when made with puff pastry dough. Choose the one you are more inclined to use, and you won’t be disappointed either way. I don’t claim that these are authentic Greek tiropita as I am quite certain they are not. They just taste really good!
An Unfortunate Event
I prepared these for my husband’s surprise 40th birthday party which I had at our house. That evening, I had hired someone to help out in the kitchen so I could enjoy the party, too.
As guests were beginning to arrive, I smelled something foul, and went into the kitchen to investigate. The lady I’d hired to help was looking for an oven mitt. She wanted to take these appetizers out of the oven, but since I’m used to doing everything myself, I grabbed a mitt and took the tray out. However, when I looked in the oven, I noticed one of my best knives melting on the floor of the oven! Obviously, this was the source of the noxious odor!
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Unfortunately, I reacted so quickly, I didn’t even think about what I did. I passed the 400 degree tray from my right hand, with the oven mitt, directly into my left hand, without a mitt! I sustained some terrible burns from that mistake, and to say I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the evening was an understatement!
Why did I tell you this story? To let you know that despite this painful incident, I still continue to make this tiropita recipe, but I will say that I am much more careful when making a quick decision in the kitchen when extreme heat is involved!
I had some leftover filling when I made these once, and turned it into this incredible caramelized onion, pancetta and feta cheese tart!
As with many of the recipes I post on my site, the measurements are not critical in this dish as my friend didn’t give me any measurements at all. I just throw the ingredients together in a bowl and it always turns out great. I measured my ingredients this time to give you some indication of how much is needed, but don’t stress if you don’t have the exact amounts.
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Tiropita: A Greek-Style Feta Cheese Appetizer
recipe given verbally from a friend, amounts are mine
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
Preheat oven to 400º F (200ºC)
Mix the cheeses and eggs together in a bowl until well-combined.
Decide what size appetizer you would like and cut the puff pastry into equal sized pieces. Use the phyllo pastry as directed on the package.
Place a spoonful of filling onto the pastry, and wet the edges of the tiropita.
Next, fold the pastry over and seal with the tines of a fork.
Finally, place the tiropita onto lined baking sheet and brush with some slightly beaten egg white.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve these with a Greek salad and dinner is served!
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- 1 package puff pastry sheets or phyllo dough
- 6 to 8 oz crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup (8 oz) cottage cheese
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C)
- Mix the cheese and eggs together in a bowl until well-combined.
- Decide what size appetizer you would like and cut the puff pastry into equal sized pieces (use the phyllo as directed on the package). Place a spoonful of filling onto the pastry, and wet the edges.
- Fold the pastry over and seal with the tines of a fork.
- Place onto lined baking sheet and brush with some slightly beaten egg white.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
This amount of filling will make a generous amount of appetizers, if you want a smaller amount, make half of the recipe.
If you plan to freeze these, underbake them a little, freeze on a tray, then remove them and place in a freezer bag when frozen.
To reheat: place on a tray for about two hours to defrost, then heat for about 15 minutes at 375˚F (190˚C) or until piping hot.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 1094mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g
Nutrition information is estimated.
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