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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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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:42:47 -0700
Inside, chef-owner Marc Provencher was stirring together house-made ricotta with feta, eggs, and a little seasoning to layer between thin sheets of phyllo pastry for a classic tiropita, or cheese pie. His sous-chef Jon McCormack was wrapping a whole ...
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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:07:30 -0700
Ayoub said attendees can enjoy lamb chops, lemon chicken, gyro and falafel sandwiches, spanikopita and tiropita, dolmades and feta fries, which are actually potato chips topped with cheese and drizzled with olive oil. Less adventurous kids can stick ...
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:58:29 -0700
Symon attempts to remake a Greek masterpiece his mom used to serve – the Tiropita. He shares that it is usually a breakfast pastry in Greece and is had with coffee. The Tiropita is basically a cheese pie made with Greek yogurt, feta and lots and lots ...
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:51:18 -0700
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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, 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.
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
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