Tiropitakia (Miniature Greek Cheese Pies)

Recipe by evelynathens




  • Remove the filo pastry from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature about 1 hour.
  • Make the filling by mashing the feta until it crumbles.
  • Add to this the eggs, Emmenthal cheese, ricotta, parsley, mint and pepper and blend well.
  • Cut each filo leaf into a strip 6 x 12" (15 x 30 cm).
  • Brush each leaf with the melted butter.
  • Fold the leaves in half lengthwise making strips 3 x l1" (6 x 30 cm).
  • Again brush with butter and place 1 Tbsp.
  • of the filling at the bottom of each leaf.
  • Fold over to form a triangle (like you were folding a flag) and continue folding until the strip is completed.
  • Repeat with each of the strips and place the completed triangles on a well greased cookie sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brush the tops of each triangle with butter and then with a mixture of the egg yolk and 2 Tbsp of water.
  • Sprinkle over with the sesame seeds and bake in a medium oven until the pastries are golden brown and flaky (about 20- 30 minutes).
  • Serve hot or cool.
  • Yields 16- 24 pastries.