Tiropita - International Women's DayPosted on 2008.03.08 at 11:24
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The tradition is in Southern countries to give sprigs of bright yellow Mimosa flowers to women. The flowers are intended as a sign of respect and also an expression of solidarity with the women in their support for oppressed women worldwide. So what better way of participating with a Greek dish - tiropita - cheese pie.
Where I live in rural France I have a hard time finding the phyllo dough, and I honestly don't see myself making it myself. Too cumbersome. So instead each time I go to Greece I bring some home with me and freeze it. In February I was in Istanbul for work for a few days and ofcourse I made a visit to the supermarket (as I do in each country I visit). Last year I visited supermarkets in Cambodia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso. I never dare to take any pictures, but I enjoy it every time fully.
Back to my Greek cheesepie:
500 gr feta cheese
100 gr gruyere cheese, grated
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons melted butter
mint finely chopped
4 eggs, beaten
butter (plenty) to grease the dough
500 gr phyllo dough
Mash the feta with a fork. Add the grated gruyere, milk, butter, mint, beaten eggs and pepper to taste. Butter a baking dish and line it with half of the phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with melted butter. (I buttered every two sheets to reduce the amount of butter). Spread the cheesemix over the dough and cover with the remainder of the phyllo dough, buttering every two sheets.
Before baking I already cut the pie in squares as it is easier prior to baking.
Bake the cheese in a moderate oven for about an hour.