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The much-loved mid-day snack that keeps a Greek going until a late lunch. Feta mixed with egg is baked in flaky golden phyllo is the classic, but that can include a mix of cheeses, including kefalotyri and anthotyros; on Crete myzithra; kaseri is a special favourite.

Other cheese pies, such as the sfakianes pites and alevropita don't use phyllo at all.

Τυρόπιτα σκοπελίτικη (tyropita skopelitiki) A rich coiled cheese pie made on Skopelos, that is usually fried (but sometimes baked) and often topped with sesame seeds.

Text © Dana Facaros

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