I’m Dreaming of Feta Cheese
The individual Tiropita of the Elite Epicurean, were buttery, flaky, piping hot appetizers. Though, found in many Greek cook books, what is not found, are the secrets of creating these individual appetizers, without having the creamy center blow out the sides of the flaky pastry.
Whether you are making the individual finger sized appetizer or the triangles, the key is to not put too much egg in the mix, to use the mix while it is room temperature, and work quickly. Remember to leave a little space on the sides when rolling or folding the cheese roll, to have room for the cheese and eggs to expand. Other wise, you will end up with toasty brown, but empty pastry tubes. The piles of cheese mix on the outside, rather than a creamy filling on the inside. Once a sheet is filled, top off the tops with butter and cover with wax paper. Freeze solid! Do not go straight for the cutting board to the oven.
The original ingredients were for a large vat of cheese mixture. I have cut it down to make and serve myself. The original recipe, make up to 1000. I doubt you’ll need that many. The smaller recipe makes enough for up to 10 people, but is easily doubled, tripled, or multiplied as you wish to fit your needs.
Smaller Batch Recipe:
8 ounces of cream cheese
8 ounces of feta cheese (wet is best)
1 beaten egg
1 box of Phyllo pastry sheets
1 pound of salted butter, boiled and water poured off
Parsley or dill to taste
Pastry or filling bag
Number 10 Pastry Nozzle
Two clean towels (one moist, other dry; to cover the pastry sheets while working)
Butter the tray, and lay on a flat surface, two layers of pastry sheets on top of each other. The individual appetizers are cut into strips and a dab of cheese filling in the middle of each, leaving room to fold the edges over, before rolling up. Roll up all but the end seam, dab a little more butter and shut.
Transfer to the tray. Put on the tray about 1/2 inch a part, in rows that are 1/2 inch between, and put the freezer. If you are making a large batch, then alternate between two trays, stacking the them layer on layer.
Place on cooking sheets, still on the tin foil, straight from the freezer. No need to thaw. Pop straight into a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
It’s that easy!