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Patsavouropita (the easiest Greek Tyropita – Cheese Pie)

Patsavouropita

 

 

Patsavouropita is a traditional Greek, delicious savory pie with phyllo and feta, which is very easy to make and tastes amazing.

Before giving the recipe let me explain what “patsavouropita”t means  because I know it’s all Greek to you.

Patsavoura means something which is not neatly stacked in an orderly way and also a rug used to mop up dirt and metaphorically it is a demeanor for an ugly woman but also for a woman of low ethics.

phyllo

This means that this tyropita, which is made with store bought phyllo, requires no special skills or care and attention  for its preparation, it is easy to make plus it tastes terrific.

Feta is the main ingredient but you can add any other cheese you like.  I added some dried mint in mine because I love to pair mint with halloumi and feta but if you like you can add some other fresh herbs like spring onions, dill, parsley, thyme, oregano, fennel fronds etc.

Ι used a round baking tin but you can also use a square or rectangle one.  Just stack each phyllo with cheese next to each other until you fill the baking tin.


Patsavouropita

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:  30 minutes
Makes:  1 tin 35 cm / 14 inches diametre

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet (15 phyllo sheets – 400 grams)
  • 350 grams crumbled feta
  • 250 grams halloumi or graviera, grated
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp dried mint or 4 – 5 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Freshly grated black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180ο C / 350o F.
  • Mix the two cheeses together with mint.
  • Brush a baking tin with olive oil.
  • On your working surface open the phyllo and brush it lightly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle cheese to cover the entire surface.
  • Fold the phyllo in the middle from its narrow part and then fold it once again.
  • Place it in the baking tin, starting from the sides of the baking tin, forming a circle and keep adding going towards the centre.
  • When done, brush the surface with olive oil.
  • Beat the eggs with a fork and mix in the milk, salt and pepper.
  • Using a spoon, wet all the phyllos.
  • Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

 

Here is another approach to this Tyropita, which is even easier:

Easy Tyropita with shredded phyllo

Easy Tyropita with shredded phyllo 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 packet phyllo choriatiko (village type) but you can also use the regular one
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated cheese (I used feta, halloumi and graviera)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

Collage tyropita

Directions:

  1. Make the phyllo into a roll and cut it into 1 cm pieces.  Fluff it up.
  2. Put the shredded phyllo in a baking tin or pyrex and add the grated cheese.  Mix them well.
  3. Whisk the eggs with milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the mixture over the shredded phyllo.  Cut butter into small pieces and scatter in on top.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Let it rest for 15 minutes  so as to absorb the milk.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven to 180C / 350F for about half an hour or until golden on top.

Tyropita cut

Other relevant recipes:

Tyropita

Tyropita me Maratho (with fennel)

Tyropita with Kourou Phyllo

Badjina, the naked pie

Tiganopsomo (fried Cheese Bread)

Tyropitakia

 

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26 Responses

  1. This is the Greek-Cypriot easiest tyropitta ever, since you included halloumi cheese in it too 🙂
    I would love to try this one…!

  2. Easy, but surely extremely scrumptious! A lovely pie.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Ivy, the cheesy pie looks mouthwatering!

  4. Wow…looks like an cheesy affair….yum…

  5. Looks excellent and super cheesy..

  6. MmmMmm…one of my favourite pies ever Ivy. The halloumi and mint are a nice touch too!

  7. Fantastic, to eat with your eyes.
    A big hug.

  8. I’m always in for easy and cheesy pies. I love mint with feta and halloumi too. I’ve also just discovered a tiny deli run by Greek people where I can find all I need for this. They have a great selection, I’m so glad of it – their olives are a blessing!

  9. J’ai déjà fait la version bulgare et c’est excellent.
    Je note la tienne.
    J’aimerai l’essayer rapidement.
    A très bientôt

  10. That pie looks amazing, the flavors are wonderful,Ivy!

  11. Cameron

    I love cheese pies, actually all food that has cheese. But I never tried his Greek version before. Thank you for sharing this, I am sure that I will try this.

  12. I love all the meanings behind the name, and I love the casual approach to making it. The feta and halloumi filling sounds delicious!

  13. Anna

    I love cheese pie. But I thought that it came from Turkey. Obviously I am mistaken. Yammie:):)

  14. Simple and incredibly delicious! Love it!

  15. What a wonderful cheese pie Ivy! It’s making my mouth water over here! Delicious.

  16. It is awesome how you made this cheese pie…love the step-by-step pictures…looks delicious, cheeses and mint, great combination of flavors.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Ivy:-)

  17. c’est une excellente idée de plus ça doit être délicieux, je note
    bonne journée

  18. Mmmm another fabulous pie my family would go wild for! Delicious! I’ll make this when my feta-loving son gets home.

  19. Ann

    Ivy, So sorry. I still have your Just Bento Cookbook—I had a major health issue in April and we moved to a new house in late in October and it’s only now that I’ve unpacked most boxes and found it. Please email me (momgateway at gmail dot com)your home address so I can send it to you. So sorry!

    • Ivy

      Thank you Ann. Shall e-mail you.

  20. Ivy, I adore cheese pie and can remember my Greek student flatmates making this while I was trying to concentrate. Inevitably all I could think about was cheese pie. I love this easy recipe version that uses store-bought filo. I’m sold!

  21. Bayard Coulombe

    Wonderful recipe! The image is so mouth watering. I loved the white part made initially. I will definitely ask my wife to make this for me and my kids during this weekend.

  22. I love it, it looks great, i also love cheese and mint combination.

  23. Wow looks very nice Ivy, I love how you spiraled the pie. I’ve tried your other cheese pies using just halloumi- very delicious! Have a blessed day!

  24. Wow, that looks delicious. and so simple, too…?! I’ve gotta try this at home…

  25. Defintiely looks like an easy and tasty treat that anyone can try to make and enjoy. I am going to suggest this recipe to my mom also as she loves new desserts.

    -Jean

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