By Raphael Giannelis
Farmer, small business owner and Mediterranean Food Hero from Lemnos Greece.

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Tyropitoudja

Tyropitoudja are crisp and golden parcels of phyllo pastry wrapped around melted salty cheese – a popular Greek snack. These mini cheese pies are made with Melipasto cheese, a traditional Lemnian staple.

Prep: 1 hour | Cook: 30 minutes | Makes: 12 – 15 pieces

For the phyllo pastry:

  • 9 tbsp of wheat flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of oil, preferably from a seed
  • Water as needed

For the filling:

  • A round of cheese (Kalathaki or Melipasto)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Two green onions
  • Mint and dill (fennel) finely chopped
  • Two eggs
  1. Make the phyllo pastry by mixing the dry ingredients with water until it becomes a tight ball of dough.
  2. Stretch the dough on a clean surface using a rolling pin and a little bit of cornstarch to absorb extra moisture. Roll out the dough until you have a very thin crust. This your phyllo pastry.
  3. Crumble the cheese into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, combining everything with a spoon.
  4. Cut the phyllo pastry into long even strips and then into small squares.
  5. Place a spoonful of the cheesy filling in the center of each square and fold over like an envelope.
  6. Fry in a pan on medium heat with plenty of oil.
  7. Enjoy them hot or cold!

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