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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.
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. 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. (cf. Baklava)
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.
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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:03:24 -0800
Other meatless options include Dolmades (five for $3.29), which are marinated grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs; Spanakopita ($2.79), flaky fillo dough stuffed with spinach and feta cheese; and Tiropita ($2.79), fillo stuffed with a blend of ...
Western Queens Gazette
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:15:00 -0700
The “tiropita” or cheese pie is similarly good. Homemade lemon chicken soup or lentil soup is a good way to start too. Next we had a sampling of falafel served with tahini sauce, fried meatballs, and chicken wing dings with bleu cheese dressing ...
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:02:14 -0700
For this late breakfast, the Greeks invented a wonderful pastry called a tiropita (literally: “cheese pie”), made of flaky phyllo dough wrapped around a flavorful cheese-egg mixture. Not to be confused with greasy and heavy bourekas. This is an airy ...
The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Sat, 22 Jun 2013 17:36:08 -0700
Another one of my favorites was the tiropita: a blend of multiple cheeses, including feta, and eggs, wrapped in a delicate philo dough. It tasted with a more flavorful cheese bread that one would buy at a pizza place, but with a flaky crust that added ...
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:26:15 -0800
Some of the goodies and what they are: From the kitchen. Spanakopita: A blend of spinach, cheeses and herbs in buttered filo dough. Tiropita: Blend of cheeses in buttered filo dough. Saganaki: Hard white cheese sprinkled with lemon and flamed with brandy
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:26:15 -0800
Among the appetizers on the printed menu are individual tiropita (cheese pies); a three-meat mezze, with gyro, pork souvlaki and tzatziki sauce; sides of Greek lemon potatoes, and fresh-cut Greek-style potato fries with feta cheese and oregano.
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:15:00 -0800
The feta cheese in the flaky tiropita pie has a nuanced richness with a cultured, aged tang not tasted in inexpensive versions of this cheese. The extremely crisp side salad was topped with an incredibly generous portion of cucumbers and glistened with ...
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:39:02 -0800
Σοκάρουν οι μαρτυρίες της μητέρας της 14χρονης κοπέλας που έγινε έρμαιο στις αρρωστημένες ορέξεις του παιδόφιλου, Φίλιππου Λεβέντου. Η ίδια αλλά και ο παππούς μίλησαν στην εκπομπή «Μία» του STAR και αναφέρθηκαν στο πώς ο παιδεραστής άρπαξε, ...
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