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Tyropitakia (Cheese Triangles with Feta)

Tyropitakia (Cheese Triangles with Feta)

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These easy to make tyropitakia (pronounced tea-rho-pea-TAH-khia), are filled with feta and shaped into triangles.

They are pan fried and served as finger foods, appetizers, mezedes, side dishes or snacks.

Your family or guests will be delighted and they will think that you slaved in the kitchen for hours to make them!

The filling is feta but there are many variations on this recipe using different types of cheeses and herbs. 

You can use only feta or feta combined with other Greek cheeses, such as graviera, fresh anthotyro (similar to ricotta), katiki or halloumi,

If you like can you make a combination of any of these cheeses or you can also substitute with your own favourite cheeses.

Tyropitakia with herbs image

I like adding some aromatic fresh herbs mixed in the cheese.  I’ve tried them with fresh mint or peppermint, oregano, dill, fennel, chervil or Mediterranean hartwort.   

Each herb has its own unique taste, so use whichever you like best.   

Mint is one of my favourite herbs, so if I don’t have any fresh herbs, I like adding some dried mint instead.   

If you don’t want to add the herbs, the “tyropitakia” are equally delicious without them.   

Tyropitakia Cheese triangles with feta image

Quantity

We always start having in mind how many we want to make.   

Start with one large egg (60+ grams).  Break it a bowl and add some feta.  Mash it with a fork.  If there is still egg visible in the filling, keep adding feta (or other cheese), until the mixture becomes a thick pasta. 

Add freshly grated black pepper and your favourite herb.   

Adding one teaspoon of filling in each “tyropitaki” (singular for tyropitakia) will yield about 24.  If, of course, you add more filling you will get less.

I cut each phyllo in the middle and then divide each side into three equal stripes, about 6 – 7 cm wide.  

Procedure making tyropitakia image

Procedure

Start by adding the filling on the top.

Fold the phyllo on top of the filling, forming a triangle.

Bring the triangle forward.

Fold it to the left.

Bring it forward.

Fold it to the right.  Continue the same procedure. 

Make sure that the corners are well sealed, in order to prevent the filling to ooze out during frying.

Just before you reach the end, brush the phyllo with olive oil and fold again to form the triangle.

We brush it with olive oil so that it sticks together and will not open during frying.

Frying

This is the most “difficult” and tricky part of the whole procedure.  The first batch will fry well because the oil is not very hot.

After adding the second batch, the temperature will be much higher and the phyllo will burn much quicker.  

You will see that as soon as you put them in the frying pan, they will immediately start browning and by the time you turn them all over, the first ones might burn.

I use two forks to grab them and turn them over.  I turn them, one of the corners facing down, above the frying pan, just for a few seconds, for some of the oil to drip in the pan.

It is advisable that there is someone there to help you while doing this.  While you are taking some out of the pan, the other person adds more, in order to prevent the oil temperature from rising.

Remove them on kitchen paper, so that more oil is absorbed before serving them.

Once you get more experience doing this procedure, you can then do it alone, as I do.

Tyropitakia picture

Baking them

If you want to bake them, then you have to brush the whole phyllo with olive oil or clarified butter and after folding them, brush them again on top.

Bake in a preheated oven to 180o C /350o F, for about 20 minutes or until golden on top.   

Tyropitakia with three cheeses image
Tyropitakia image

Tyropitakia (Cheese Triangles with Feta)

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These tasty cheese-filled triangles are finger foods which can be served as appetizers, mezedes, side dishes, and snacks.

Ingredients

  • 4 sheets store bought phyllo
  • 1 egg
  • 150 grams feta, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for brushing and frying

Instructions

  1. Put the egg in a bowl, add feta and mash it with a fork.
  2. Add freshly grated black pepper and crumbled dried mint.
  3. Mix until all the egg is absorbed and resembles a thick paste.  
  4. Using a sharp knife cut the phyllo sheets in the middle and then into equal sized stripes, about 6 – 7 cm (2 - 2 ½ inches) wide. 
  5. Place a teaspoonful of cheese filling on the top edge and fold into a triangle. Bring forward and fold to the left. Bring forward again and then fold to the right (as if folding a flag). Continue the same procedure, to the end of the phyllo stripe. 
  6. Just before the end brush with some olive oil and fold.
  7. Keep them covered until the time of frying.
  8. Fry them in hot olive oil until golden and crispy turning them once or twice until golden. 

Notes

  1. If phyllo is frozen, defrost it.  
  2. Leftover phyllo must be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator.  During hot weather, keep the phyllo sheets covered with a tea towel.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 13mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g

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Ivy

Tuesday 14th of October 2008

Good luck! I hope you will like them.

Happy Cook

Tuesday 14th of October 2008

I think I will make with puff pastry as i am not that good in handling phyllo, last time i tried, some of them opened up. I will try with feta and with goat cheese. Here I love feta and my hubby and daughter likes goat cheese :-)

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