Tyropita are delicious Greek pastries made with feta or ricotta cheese (or a combination of both) wrapped in layers of buttered phyllo. Tyropita are great as a snack or as a side dish for lunch or dinner, although in Greece they are usually eaten as a breakfast food.
1⁄2 Pound (About 2 Cups)
Here is Eva’s recipe for tyropitakia. She uses both feta and ricotta cheese, but if you like it a little more salty use only feta cheese.
Directions for preparation:
• Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
• In a large bowl, mix the feta, ricotta, eggs, and black pepper with your hands.
• Remove the phyllo from the package, carefully unwrap it, and lay it flat on your counter. Place a slightly damp cloth over the phyllo to prevent it from drying out.
• Place your butter in a small bowl and it microwave until softened. Get out a brush and butter a large pan.
• Cut the phyllo into 3 or 4 long strips. Take out one pile of strips and cover the rest of the phyllo with your cloth.
• Take one strip of phyllo and lightly butter it. Add another layer of phyllo and butter that too. Now drop a spoonful of the cheese mixture at the bottom of the long strip. Fold the phyllo in triangles.
• Once you have finished folding each piece, butter it and place it on the pan.
• Repeat until you have finished with the cheese mixture and the phyllo.
• Once you are finished place the pan in the oven and bake for about an hour at 325 degrees.