A Greek Cheese Pie is what Feta cheese exists for (that and to make fried Saganaki cheese). No Greek ever misses a chance to indulge himself in a piece of nice and warm cheese pie. It’s a well-favored Greek breakfast. And it is definitely the number one choice for whoever visits a Greek bakery in the morning (the smell is irresistible).
What’s A Greek Cheese Pie?
A Greek Cheese Pie is a savory pie that is made with phyllo dough. Either homemade or ready-made phyllo pastry sheets. It is filled with a creamy feta cheese filling and cooked until golden and crispy. It’s utterly delicious and packed with cheesy goodness.
The old-fashioned version of this pie used to be made with homemade phyllo, crumbled feta cheese and lots of olive oil. It was a very oily and heavy to eat pie. That pie gave its place to this new version of Greek Cheese Pie with a creamy filling and easy, convenient to use ready-made phyllo pastry.
One Of The Best Cheese Pie Recipes
There are so many variations of a Greek Cheese Pie today. I do believe though, that I have found one of the best (my other favorite version is that of the Snail-shaped Cheese Pie). It was a day about two years ago that my boyfriend came to me one morning full of excitement due to his new discovery. Apparently, he had found a new bakery to buy his morning coffee. But that was not the reason for his excitement.
Along with his coffee, he bought himself a piece of Cheese Pie. –It is one of the best cheese pies I ever had, he cried. Here, I bought one for you too. And I think to myself –Yeah…, the best like the previous one you had… (again we eat a lot of cheese pie for breakfast). And oops! Once I taste it I think to myself (again), –The man is right. Well, at least this once…
The best thing about this pie was that it had the creamiest filling, without any pieces of cheese inside. And of course, I HAD to find out how to make this divine cheese pie. And that’s how we end up here with this recipe…
The Creamiest Cheese Pie Filling
The trick is to start by making a cream (bechamel-like). Then you add the cheese and cook over medium heat until the cheese melts completely. Yeap! It was that easy to make. And it’s so much more flavorful than just tossing whole pieces of cheese in. Besides, we all know how much tastier cheese gets when cooked.
Also, for those of you that are already familiar with Greek Cheese Pies, there are no eggs used in this recipe. This way you get all the flavor out of the Feta cheese. Can’t wait for you to try it and tell me what you think!
And here are some tools I’m using in this recipe.
A 10-inch round baking pan preferably. If you don’t own one, you can use one that’s an inch bigger or smaller (but just an inch).
A pastry brush to grease the phyllo sheets.
A square-shaped wooden spatula in order to scrape the bottom of the pot when making the cream.
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