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Name of Event

Croatia Statehood Day

Cuisine From

Croatia

Description

Cheese pie made with flaky filo pastry

Summary

Yield 6 servings
Preparation time 20-25 minutes
Cooking time 20-30 minutes
Main Ingredient Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 pound/1/2 kg good quality feta cheese, crumbled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1-pound/1/2 kg. package filo dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup (1 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup good-quality olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together cheeses until light and fluffy. Add eggs and herbs, mix well.
  2. Separate filo dough into two piles of 24 sheets. Cut filo dough sheets in half. Cover with damp towel or plastic wrap.
  3. Heat oven to 375 F. Mix together melted butter and olive oil. Using a pastry brush, butter 6 (8-inch) round shallow pans.
  4. Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough and brush with butter mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets and butter. Spread 1/6 of the cheese mixture on top and to the edges.
  5. Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough and brush with butter mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets. Tuck edges of filo down down sides of pan to create a rounded edge. Brush generously with butter mixture. Repeat for 5 remaining pies. Each pie will use 4 sheets on the bottom and 4 sheets on the top for a total of 8 sheets each. 
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.