One of the Greeks most favorite foods are pies. And especially cheese pies. Pies in Greece, are considered some kind of a unique specialty. They are a food that gives a Greek a homey feeling. Growing up in a Greek home it’s a dish that the mother or grandmother usually masters.Pies, other than being sooo delicious, also give you the opportunity to have a piece whenever you are hungry.
Crispy, Cheesy breakfast.
It doesn’t matter if it’s morning, lunchtime, afternoon or night. They can be a healthy fulfilling snack at all times during the day. Especially in the morning, cheese pies are what 60% of Greeks prefer to have for breakfast.Which they usually have, when they pass from a Greek bakery while heading to work in the morning (they really warm up your day).
Homemade Phyllo or Phyllo pastry sheets?
The homemade pies though are treated with respect. Because usually, they’re made with homemade phyllo. Which is really the best to have on a pie. And especially a Spinach pie (Spanakopita).
Making homemade phyllo though can take quite some time. In the past, that was really OK. People had plenty of time on their hands. On today’s life rhythms though, readymade phyllo pastry sheets are here to save the day. Ready-made phyllo pastry sheets have a big advantage other than their easiness of use and time-saving. They are 100% crispier.
Greek pie varieties shapes and sizes.
There are so many different versions of pies in Greece. Of course, the cheese pies and spinach pies are the ones that everyone loves unexceptionally. Some others that are really famous also, are leek pie (Prasopita), macaroni pie (Makaronopita) chicken pie (Kotopita, a more modern entry) zucchini pie (Kolokuthopita, one of my personal favorites) and so much more, depending on the location.
If you visit an island in Greece, you may see a fish pie as well. If you visit the mountainside, you will come across pies using sausages and wild herbs from the mountains.
To give you an example of the meaning of pies in Greece, imagine they are like what pizza is to Italians. Pizza used to be called the food for the poor. Depending on what you had available, you would add it to the dough and bake it. That’s exactly what pies were in Greece. A big pan of a pie was the best solution to feed the whole family.
Of course, each pie comes in all different types of shapes and sizes. Like this cheese pie recipe, that derives from the Northern part of Greece. About 10 different cheese pie varieties come to my mind right at the moment.
Why try the spiral snail cheese pie.
The reason I wanted to share this specific cheese pie recipe, is that its one that seems to amaze everyone. I believe because It’s the most crispy of all. Made with feta cheese, béchamel cream (super easy, only 5 minutes to make) a bit of Greek yogurt, that makes the filling very creamy and a pinch of Gruyère that gives it a savory yumminess.
All wrapped up in a circular snail-like form and baked until golden brown and super crispy. A piece of this pie is absolutely delightful to have right as it comes out of the oven. Warm cheese filling and soooo crispy pastry. I totally recommend you to give it a try!
I made this pie in a 10-inch round baking pan it’s the perfect size to fit all of the phyllo.