Question. What is Tiropites (Tiropitakia)?
Answer. Tiropites (Tiropitakia) are unique cultural contributions to the culinary world. They are simply cheese turnovers. Although something similar is made in other parts of the world, what makes it uniquely Greek is the use of phyllo dough.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Tiropites
Use one, two or more strips of phyllo dough, as desired.
If you like a lot of phyllo use more strips, if you like a lot of cheese use less strips. Do not wrap the tiropita too tight, to allow for expansion during cooking or the filling might spill out.
While 'cheese turnovers' are hot, do not place them one on top of each other, to prevent them from becoming soggy.
If you wish, you can make tiropites using dough instead of phyllo dough, as shown below. See video for recipe.
If the cheese filling spills out during baking, use less cheese to give it enough room to expand.
- Grate two types of cheese.
- Add the eggs, herbs, spices and seasoning.
- Mix until all ingredients have been well incorporated
- Oil the pan with clarified butter.
- Fold the phyllo dough in half and cut it in 3 sections
- Place all strips of phyllo dough (except one) on top of each other
- Phyllo dough dries up quickly, so wrap up the unused portion in order to maintain its moisture
- Oil the surface that you will be working on (either on a plate or directly on the surface of the table).
- Apply some butter on each strip of dough, as shown.
- Add one tablespoon of the cheese mixture.
- Repeat the same procedure until all cheese filling is used up.
- Bake at 400 F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, at middle oven rack.For even baking, turn pan 180 degrees after 12 minutes of baking.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Tiropites video