Greek Feta Cheese Pastries

 

Greek feta cheese pastries

 

Greek feta cheese pastries are a light and fluffy traditional Greek snack usually enjoyed by Greeks mid-morning purchased from street vendors or made by their parents. We adore them in this house.

Easy to bake and fun for all the family to make and eat, they would also make a fantastic starter or as canapés at a dinner party.

Ingredients:

250g feta cheese (crumbled)
250g of unsalted anari cheese (soft Cyprus cheese) or ricotta cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 small handful of fresh mint, finely chopped or 1 tablespoon of dried mint
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
400 g or 17 sheets of filo pastry
225g unsalted butter, melted
A few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley to garnish

Method:

In a bowl, mix together the cheese, 3 eggs, mint, sea salt, and pepper.

Place the remaining egg into a small bowl and beat lightly.

Lay 1 filo pastry sheet vertically on a work surface and brush melted butter so it will not dry up. With a small, sharp knife, cut the sheet crosswise into 3 rectangles.

Place a tablespoon of cheese mixture in the center of each rectangle. Keep folding the rectangular pastry over the filling to form a triangle with many layers. Moisten the edge of the triangle into the beaten egg to seal it.

Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and brush the triangle with melted butter. Repeat the process until you have made as many as you desire.

Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

Alternatively, fry in vegetable oil in a deep frying pan ensuring the pastries are covered in hot oil at 190°C. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm with a Greek salad.

If you wish to freeze the pastries, dust lightly with flour and place in a tray or a plastic container with a lid. You can freeze up to 6 months.

Photograph ©Peter Broadbent.

 

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25 Responses

  1. Mama and More

    Yum! I have a week off next week, think I will have a go at these, and I love the look of some of the other linked up recipes too! Mine is a total leftover cheat I confess, but yummy all the same 🙂

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  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Oh, they sound wonderful 🙂 Yum! Thanks for inviting me to link up – feel like a slight cheat for using ready-made dough in this one, but it was all about the decorating 🙂

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  3. Lauren

    I was looking for recipes with pastry to do for Christmas Eve, these sound perfect! Will definitely have a go at them 🙂 x

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  4. Mammasaurus

    Yummy – those have made me hanker something savoury now! Thanks for hosting, have linked up this week after a moment of half-term stir-crazed fridge cake fun x

    Reply
  5. Oana79

    Oh, how scrumptious they look, I will try and make these as a surprise for my Greek hubby, he will LOVE them! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I have linked mine in as well.xx

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  6. sarahhillwheeler

    These sound lovely (and easier than I would have thought). And I really like the idea of freezing them. As LO loves pastry and cheese, I think they may well be forming one of our half term baking activities!

    Reply

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