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Easy Greek Tiropita

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Tiropita on a plate with tomatoes

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

4

This easy baked tiropita is the perfect holiday appetizer and will only take you 30-minutes to make.

This baked Tiropita is a phyllo-coated feta cheese and is such a delicious recipe. You get the creaminess of the feta cheese with the crunch of the phyllo. This impressive cheese dish looks fantastic on a charcuterie board and is a great appetizer for hosting during the holiday season.

Tiropita on a plate with a knife

Why you’ll love this Tiropita recipe:

  • Quick: Whip this Tiropita recipe up in only 30-minutes
  • Lots of Hacks: Below you’ll find so many kitchen hacks that’ll help you perfect all of your recipes this holiday season
  • Impressive: Although this Tiropita dish is easy-to-make it’ll still impress a crowd
  • Versatile: Topped with herbs, honey+ chilies or on their own or topped with confit tomatoes
Ingredients for Tiropota

Ingredient Notes:

Phyllo: A thin unleavened dough used for making pastries. Phyllo-based pastries are made by layering many sheets of phyllo brushed with oil or butter, however, you can use phyllo in a lot of different ways like wrapping your brie or feta cheese in or making delicious appetizers (more recipes below).

My Top Kitchen Hacks

1. How to revive stale bread: Rinse your loaf of bread lightly with water. Then put in the oven at 325F for 5-7 minutes. The crust should be crispy again and the inside of the bread should be nice and warm.

2. How to make wilted broccoli crisp again: When a head of broccoli is wilting, cut off a slice from the bottom of the stalk; pop it in a bowl of water; and, wait a few hours for it to perk up again.

3. Make whipped cream in a mason jar: Don’t have a mixer but need whipped cream for a dessert? Put heavy whipping cream in a good-size mason jar (i.e. the jar should be about half-full when you pour in all the heavy whipping cream) and vigorously shake for about a minute. Voila, whipped cream!

4. Use those cheese rinds: Ever get to the end of parmesan cheese and go to throw out the rind?! Stop what you’re doing! Save those rinds – you can freeze them and they use to flavor your favorite sauces and soups. Simply add the rind to a soup or sauce and let simmer to impart delicious flavor.

5. Want the secret to perfectly round cookies: When the cookies come out of the oven use a circular cookie cutter or a glass (flipped over), make sure the circle is larger than your cookie, and use it to mold the edges of the cookie using a swirling motion to create the perfect round cookie shape.

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6. Measure flour perfectly each time: Scoop flour into the measuring cup and then level off with a knife. This measures flour perfectly every time compared to scooping OUT of the flour bag which tends to compress the flour, adding unwanted flour to your baked goods.

Tiropita on a plate with tomatoes

Top with herbs, honey+ chilies or on their own or topped with confit tomatoes!

How to make Tiropita:

  1. The night before making your individual baked phyllo-coated feta cheese, make sure to remove your phyllo dough from the freezer. Allow to thaw in the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the butter and set it aside. Alternatively you can use olive oil instead of butter.
  4. It is best to keep your phyllo dough moist, so I suggest laying it out flat and then covering it with a damp cloth.
  5. Gently place one sheet of phyllo dough onto a flat surface. This is a very delicate ingredient, so be patient. 
  6. Brush the entire phyllo sheet with melted butter or olive oil, using your brush, then repeat that step with one more sheet. You will have 2 sheets layered.
  7. Place one feta slice on top of 2 layered sheets of phyllo, toward the bottom of the sheet, at the shortest end. Wrap the feta with the phyllo, wrapping up and towards the center, wrapping the feta away from you to create a package of phyllo-wrapped feta. Set on the baking sheet.
  8. Repeat the entire process one more time with 2 sheets of phyllo and 1 slice of feta cheese so that you have two phyllo-wrapped packages on the baking sheet.
  9. Brush the tops of each phyllo feta package with more melted butter or olive oil.
  10. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. If you notice the bottom of the phyllo is golden but the top isn’t, flip carefully and cook a few more minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and drizzle with your desired amount of honey, sesame seeds, fresh oregano or thyme and chili flakes. Enjoy!

Other phyllo recipes you’ll love:

Tiropita on a plate with a knife

Easy Greek Tiropita

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This easy baked tiropita is the perfect holiday appetizer and will only take you 30-minutes to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers + Sides
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 4
Calories 643 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
  • 4 half-inch slices of feta cheese (from a block of feta)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (alternatively you can use olive oil in place of butter)
  • sesame seeds
  • honey
  • fresh thyme or oregano for garnish
  • chili flakes
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Instructions
 

  • The night before making your individual baked phyllo coated feta cheese, make sure to remove your phyllo dough from the freezer. Allow thawing in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter and set it aside. Alternatively you can use olive oil instead of butter.
  • It is best to keep your phyllo dough moist, so I suggest laying it out flat then covering with a damp cloth.
  • Gently place one sheet of phyllo dough onto a flat surface. This is a very delicate ingredient, so be patient. 
  • Brush the entire phyllo sheet with melted butter or olive oil, using your brush, then repeat that step with one more sheet. You will have 2 sheets layered.
  • Place one feta slice on top of 2 layered sheets of phyllo, toward the bottom of the sheet, at the shortest end. Wrap the feta with the phyllo, wrapping up and towards the center, wrapping the feta away from you to create a package of phyllo wrapped feta. Set on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat entire process three more times with 2 sheets of phyllo and 1 slice of feta cheese each so that you have four phyllo wrapped packages on the baking sheet.
  • Brush the tops of each phyllo feta package with more melted butter or olive oil.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. If you notice the bottom of the phyllo is golden but the top isn't, flip carefully and cook a few more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and drizzle with your desired amount of honey, sesame seeds, fresh oregano or thyme and chili flakes. Enjoy!

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Notes

Serve this baked feta as a side dish for 4 people OR slice each piece in half to serve as a side dish for 6-8 people!
Make our Luscious Tomato Confit as a amazing topping to this phyllo baked feta!
This also makes a delicious appetizer.
Try this baked feta on your favourite salad!

Nutrition

Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.6g | Protein: 19.7g | Fat: 49.3g | Saturated Fat: 31.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13.1g | Cholesterol: 161.1mg | Sodium: 1219mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 4.7g
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