Monday, February 25, 2013

Allevropita Cheese Pie

Whenever I suggest to Yannis that I make a cheese pie he never says no.  Cheese pie, or tiropita, in Greece, is kind of like potato chips to us Americans.  They come in all forms, flavors,and shapes, are served at all get-togethers,and they go with everything.  When we first arrived in Greece in the 80's, there was only one brand
of potato chips on the market, and they were called "tsips."  Now, like in America, we can find a myriad of brands of chips. (My favorite is Hamburger Sauce...?)  Tiropitas can be found in just as many varieties as potato chips. I like to add zucchini , tomatoes, olives, different cheeses, onions...anything I have a taste for.  I made this recipe almost everyday last week and it was always something different. This is such a great standard recipe.  So when Yannis is served tiropita, he  never quite knows what he's getting....but he knows it's always good and always without hamburger sauce!

Cheese Pie
1 1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup crumbles feta
2 Tables. butter
1 Tables. baking powder
1/2 teas. salt
1/2 cup parmesan or kefalotiri cheese, grated

     Beat the eggs and stir in the milk,butter, and flour mixed with the baking powder and salt.  Stir in the feta and pour into a 9x12 baking pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup parmesan or kefaltiri over and bake in a hot oven 375F./220C. for about 1/2 hour or untill golden brown.  Slice  into squares and serve as a snack, or as a bread substitute.  You can add 1 cup grated zucchini or slice and drain a tomatoe, sliced olives and onions, and add any herb you like and have a quiche-like main dish for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

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