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Greek Kaseri Cheese Pie — Κασερόπιτα

I love tyropita (Greek cheese pie) no matter what type. All that cheesy, gooey goodness tucked away in flaky phyllo gets me every time. And though there are a few well known tyropita basics in Greek cuisine, the possibilities are truly endless. There’s the classic Feta cheese tyropita; then there is the “cut a few corners and still get a delicious tyropita“; and there is even the “throw anything you’d like in,” i.e. artichokes to get an Agginarotyropita instead.

And then, of course, there are the countless choices in cheeses. One of my husband’s favorites is Kaseri, a creamy, mild, mostly sheep’s milk, semi-hard cheese. Pale yellow Kaseri has an almost buttery taste and if you don’t have a local Greek market/store to easily purchase traditional Greek products such as Kaseri from, I urge you to visit Titan Foods, one of Astoria’s largest Greek food markets. On their site you’ll find most of everything you would in store: from cheeses, to olives, oils, pastas, phyllo, herbs and spices, canned Greek specialties and traditional confections from Halva to loukoumia.

Back to my original point: my husband loves Kaseri and as such adores Kaseropita. I’ve, for some very odd reason, though never made Kaseropita here at home. So last week I went in search of a Kaseropita recipe across this wide-tangled-web known as the Internet and it took a little bit of tweaking before I found what I was looking for (you will always find a ton more recipes plugging in the actual Greek search terms–use Google Translate to help you along). Luckily I also came across this great Greek food blog in my search, Syntages apo Spiti, which I instantly added to my blogroll. Their Θρακιώτικη Κασερόπιτα instantly caught my eye and that was the Kaseropita recipe I finally went with. The process: fairly simple. The result: superb. We really enjoyed this tyropita and I will likely make it again and again.

Greek Kaseri Cheese Pie — Κασερόπιτα
Slightly adapted from a recipe on Syntages … apo Spiti

6 sheets of thick Phyllo  
1/3 cup olive oil 
1 cup milk 
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1 lb. Kaseri, grated 
2 tablespoons oil mixed with 3 tablespoons milk, for brushing the top layer of phyllo

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish.

Place the Kaseri, 1/3 cup oil, 1 cup milk, eggs and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Place one sheet of phyllo in the bottom of the pan, wrinkling/bunching it to fit. Spoon 1/5 of the cheese mixture over. Top with another sheet of phyllo in the same manner and spoon another 1/5 of the original cheese mixture over. Repeat until you’ve layered all the cheese mixture and topped with the 6th sheet of phyllo. Brush the top with the oil/milk  mixture and bake until golden and bubbly. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving. (Best served warm or at room temperature.)

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10 Responses to “Greek Kaseri Cheese Pie — Κασερόπιτα”

  1. Rosa says:

    That is just so scrumptious looking!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Ivy says:

    I love any kind of tyropita.

  3. Cherine says:

    This pie looks heavenly delicious with all that cheese filling!

  4. Peter says:

    Maria, you certainly have me hungry, love the tyropita with Kasseri…n’ase kala.

  5. I’m loving this although I rarely make straight up tyropitas because I always want to “Throw away” some vegetable in there. When I was in Greece in Feb. I had an awesome kaseropita me pasturma at an Asia minor style ouzeria. So good!

  6. Maria i love this and kaseri is one of my favourites. This pie looks beyond fantastic. I am going to make this for my hubby! Im so hungry now! Wish i had a slice now!!!! Yumm!

  7. Wonderful tyropita Maria! I don’t recall having tried one with kaseri…looks beautiful. Thank you for passing this on!

  8. Ben says:

    Oh wow! Those pies look amazing. I need to find a store down here in Mexico where I can find Greek ingredients, at least the Phyllo. What’s thick phyllo? Are there different kinds of this delicious pastry?

  9. Foodjunkie says:

    Looks divine! I haven’t heard of that blog, will definitely check it out!

  10. elly says:

    I could seriously eat half a pan of this right now. Looks absolutely delicious! Love me some kasseri!

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