Gluten-free Authentic Greek Mini Cheese Pies (Tiropitakia/ Τυρόπιταkia)

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'Tiropitakia' are basically smaller / cuter versions of 'tiropita' and is one of the best pastry snacks in Greece! 

It’s basically a traditional Greek cheese pie typically eaten at brunch since breakfast is usually toast and a coffee. The rthodox method is to use phyllo pastry to encase a rich and creamy filling made from a béchamel and feta cheese sauce.

For this recipe I used a pre-made gluten-free puff pastry from
Jus Rol, but you can use any gluten-free puff pastry, try make your own, or do the traditional method using phyllo pastry if you have no issues with gluten.

Puff pastry will be heavier in texture compared to phyllo, but it will still be every bit delicious!

SERVINGS.

6 Servings

PREP TIME.

10 Minutes

COOK TIME.

15-20 Minutes

INGREDIENTS.

  • 2 x sheets puff pastry (I used GF Jus Rol), each sheet yields 3 servings)

  • 20g unsalted butter

  • 20g plain GF flour

  • 120ml whole milk (or plant milk of choice), warmed

  • Grind of black pepper

  • Pinch grated nutmeg

  • 200g Greek feta

  • 50g ricotta (optional)

  • 1 egg, whisked

METHOD.

Make the roux first.

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then add in the flour and whisk quickly until a thick paste is formed.

  2. Slowly pour in the warm milk and keep whisking until there are no lumps and smooth texture.

  3. Add in the pepper and nutmeg.

  4. In a large bowl, crumble the feta and ricotta (if using) and mix together.

  5. Add the roux mixture to the feta and gently fold together.

  6. To this mixture, add in the whisked eggs and mix well.

  7. Unroll the pastry and cut into 3 equal strips lengthways.

  8. Add 1 Tbsp of the filling at one end and then fold one corner over to meet the edge, forming a triangle. Keep folding the pastry over in triangles until you reach the other end.

  9. Repeat with all the other strips.

  10. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 15-20minutes or until golden.

  11. Serve straight away, these Tiropitakia are best enjoyed straight out the oven.


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HEALTH BENEFITS.

Whole milk (organic) - contains a wide array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. (Source)


Black pepper - is rich in a plant compound called piperine, which is said to have potent antioxidant properties and may help prevent or delay the damaging effects of free radicals. (Source)


Nutmeg - high in antioxidants and found to have many health benefits, including pain relief, soothing indigestion, strengthening cognitive function, detoxifying the body, boost skin health and increase immune system function. Nutmeg can also be toxic in large doses, but small amounts used in cooking is fine. (Please note that nutmeg should not be given to cats or dogs.) (Source)


Greek feta cheese - a good source of calcium, phosphorus and protein, all of which have been proven to promote bone health. (Source)


Ricotta cheese - is a creamy white Italian cheese which is high in protein and may promote muscle growth and help lower blood pressure. (Source)


Eggs (organic) - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)

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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.

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