Cheese-pie is a typical dish in Greece and although it is very tasty one could say that it is also so boring: cheese and phyllo. How exciting is this? When in Crete, staying at Villa Kynthia* character hotel I have finally tasted a cheese-pie which is definitely worth writing about. The pie is served at the hotel’s homemade breakfast buffet and the recipe comes from the owner, Korinna Miliaraki.
It is a pie with a secret ingredient which takes it from an ordinary to a truly fine level. As you taste it you travel to the Mediterranean and its sunshine. On the day of my departure Korinna managed to show me the first steps of the pie making. We were cooking right in the middle of the enchanted patio of the villa. I had to leave for Heraklion harbor before the pie was finished baking…so I brought this recipe home to Messinia. Once at home I followed Korinna’s instructions and proudly baked my first cheese-pie ever.
Making cheese-pie with Korinna at Villa Kynthia
- 400 gr crumbled feta cheese
- 400 gr shredded kefalo-graviera cheese (or gouda or any other yellow cheese)
- 10 phyllo (filo) sheets
- 2 cups of olive oil
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (secret ingredient)
- 1 orange peel zest (secret ingredient)
- 1 can of soda water (gas water)
- Sesame seeds
- Chose a deep oven tray and oil its surface
- Warm the oven at 180°C
- Lay two sheets of phyllo on the bottom of the tray
- Combine feta and gouda cheese
- Oil every phyllo sheet and spread a thin layer of cheese mixture and then role the sheet as on the photo
- Make 6 rolls of cheese filled phyllo and place the rolls next to each other in the tray
- Cover the rolls with 2 sheets of phyllo (it is not shown on the photos as we run out of phyllo sheets)
- Mix orange juice, orange zest, soda, a cup of oil and pour the mixture over the pie
- With a fork make holes in the pie so the mixture spreads all over
- Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds
- Bake at 180°C for about 40 minutes
The cheese-pie will have a slight twist of orange which will give a refreshing, unexpected and perfectly complementing ingredient to a rather heavy content.
* Villa Kynthia is located in a picturesque village of Panormo in the Rethymno prefucture. Besides the great location the village has nice beach, great taverns and it also boosts with exceptional cultural activities (such as the recent Alexandria Quartet and Daphnis Kokkinos dance seminar among many others) managed by the Carob Mill Arts and Culture Centre.
Fri, November 4, 2016Traditional Greek recipes