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Tiropita
Tiropita Greek dish.jpg
Tiropita with garnish on blue glass plate
Type Börek
Place of origin Greece
Main ingredients Phyllo, cheese
Cookbook:Tiropita  Tiropita

Tiropita or tyropita (τυρóπιτα 'cheese-pie') is a Greek layered pastry food in the burek family, made with layers of buttered phyllo and filled with a cheese-egg mixture.[1]

Origin[edit]

It has been suggested that it descends from the Byzantine dish plakountas tetyromenous (also called tyritas plakountas in Byzantine Greek), itself a descendant of placenta (food), a baked layered cheese dish in Roman cuisine.[2][3][4] Another theory is that layered dishes like tiropita have their origins in Turkish cuisine and may trace back to layered pan-fried breads developed by the Turks of Central Asia before their westward migration to Anatolia.[5][6] (cf. Baklava)

Variants[edit]

Another variety is the spiral Skopelos Cheese Pie in which long strips of cheese stuffed phyllo are formed into a spiral and baked or deep fried.

Tiropita can also be made in a large pan (ταψί [taˈpsɪ]) and cut into individual portions after baking. The individual form is sold in bakeries throughout Greece, where it is a popular breakfast and snack food. Alternatives to tiropita are spanakopita, a pie with spinach, as well as bougatsa or even cremidopita, an onion pie.

In Greece, one can find many varieties of Tyropita:

  • Kourou: Surrounded by a thick pastry.
  • Sfoliata: Surrounded by puff-pastry.
  • Horiatiki: Made in a Tapsi pan.
  • Tyropitakia: Bite-sized.
  • Skopelitiki: Made in the shape of a twirl.

Regular tiropita fillings usually consist of feta cheese, egg, butter and yogurt. However, "kasseropita" contains kasseri instead of feta cheese and, unlike regular tiropita, does not contain yogurt.

Tiropita is usually eaten in the mid-morning by Greeks. Breakfast consists only of coffee and sometimes buttered bread. Then a mid-morning snack may consist of tyropita (more commonly) or spanakopita.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tyropita (Cheese puffs)
  2. ^ Rena Salaman, "Food in Motion the Migration of Foodstuffs and Cookery Techniques" from the Oxford Symposium on Food Cookery, Vol. 2, p. 184
  3. ^ Faas, Patrick (2005). Around the Roman Table. University of Chicago Press. p. 184-185. ISBN 0226233472. 
  4. ^ Speros Vryonis The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor, 1971, p. 482
  5. ^ Algar, Ayla Esen (1985). "The Complete Book of Turkish Cooking". ISBN 0-7103-0334-3. 
  6. ^ Perry, Charles. "The Taste for Layered Bread among the Nomadic Turks and the Central Asian Origins of Baklava", in A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (ed. Sami Zubaida, Richard Tapper), 1994, ISBN 1-86064-603-4.

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Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 24 May 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Skip these: Moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, deep fried calamari, tiropita, falafels, red pepper feta, saganaki cheese, gyro platter, baklava, baklava cheesecake. Carry nuts and fresh fruit with you wherever you go, and steal in quick snack breaks ...

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:02 -0700

Churros with Ginger Sugar: What was wrong with cinnamon? Deep-Fried Cheese Pie: Looks awfully similar to Greek tiropita. Gators BBQ: Good ol' fashion ribs, chicken and brisket. Chocolate-Dipped Bananas: Go crazy with M&Ms, nuts and other toppings.

PennLive.com

PennLive.com
Fri, 15 May 2015 12:12:51 -0700

There's also a Gourmet Greek Grocery section where you can buy items such as frozen unbaked pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita and tiropita. Best times to go? To beat the crowds, head out first thing Saturday morning or in the middle of the afternoon.

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Tue, 12 May 2015 21:40:44 -0700

Additional food options include sliced leg of lamb, oregano chicken, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita, calamari and sweets and pastries such as baklava, paximadia (biscotti tea cookies), karithopita (nut cake with honey), sweet bread and many more. To ...

Houston Press

Houston Press
Fri, 08 May 2015 05:11:31 -0700

Starting earlier this week and on every Monday and Tuesday for the rest of the month, Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana, will be offering all its Happy Hour and Dinner time raw and baked oysters at half the price. Hit the ...
 
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Wed, 06 May 2015 04:03:45 -0700

Vegetarian options such as spanakopita, a vegetable wrap with lettuce, tomatoes and tzatziki (cucumber sauce), and tiropita (a mixture of feta, other cheese and spices between flaky phyllo) are available. With Mother's Day right around the corner, the ...

Greek Reporter

Greek Reporter
Fri, 15 May 2015 02:07:15 -0700

Easter morning dinner at 1 a.m. was cracking red eggs for good luck with magiritsa, tomatoes, feta, kasseri, tiropita, salad Italian bread, magiritsa (liver soup) barbecued lamb cut up in pieces and wine. The house was decorated with colorful ...
 
Western Queens Gazette
Fri, 15 May 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Easter morning dinner at 1 a.m. was cracking red eggs for good luck with magiritsa, tomatoes, feta, kasseri, tiropita, salad Italian bread, magiritsa (liver soup) barbecued lamb cut up in pieces and wine. The house was decorated with colorful ...
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