Saturday, 14 July 2007

How to cook: Cretan Small Cheese Pies (Kalitsounia)

Delicious little pies that you can nibble at as you stroll around the party, plate in hand

  • 3 teacups flour
  • salt
  • water
  • 1lb. (450g) unsalted cheese, e.g. cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mint
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 glass of olive oil for frying

  • Cooking Instructions:
  • Put the flour in a bowl and blend in some salt and water to form a thick dough
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board and cut into round shapes with a pastry cutter or drinking glass
  • Place the cheese, egg and finely chopped mint in a bowl and mix together
  • Place a teaspoon of the mixture into the middle of each round shaped pastry
  • Fold half of the pastry over the filling, pressing the open ends of a fork along the folded end of the pie
  • Heat the olive oil over a medium heat and fry the pies until they are a golden colour
  • Place the pies on a serving plate, sprinkle with sugar and serve
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