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Pita me Feta: Feta Cheese Pie

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Greek feta cheese pie

Photo © Jim Stanfield

In Greek: πίτα με φέτα, pronounced PEE-tah meh FEH-tah

More like a quiche than a cheese pie, this is an easy dish to prepare using an electric mixer. It's a great snack to enjoy with coffee, and for those who eat breakfast (unlike most Greeks), try this to start your day.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 14 ounces of Greek strained yogurt
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 ounces of margarine, softened
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Preparation:

Use a 10 inch diameter round baking pan or equivalent.

Preheat over to 355F (180C).

Using an electric mixer, add eggs and margarine to mixer bowl and beat at high speed. When the margarine has been well blended (about 2 minutes), add yogurt and reduce mixing speed to medium-low until it starts to blend in, then increase to high. Let the mixture continue to beat and brush the bottom and sides of the baking pan with olive oil.

Mix or sift together the flour and baking powder and add to mixing bowl. Add crumbled feta 1/4 of the quantity at a time to allow to mix in. Scrape sides of mixing bowl occasionally to push cheese in toward center. Continue mixing at high speed for 6-8 minutes until very well blended and creamy (small pieces of cheese will still be visible).

Pour into baking pan and spread evenly. Bake at 355F (180C) for 40 minutes (check at 35 for doneness) until golden brown. Use a sharp knife to cut into small squares, diamonds, or triangles.

Preparation note: If you can't find Greek yogurt, make your own thick yogurt using commercial full fat, lowfat, or nonfat yogurt.

Optional addition: Before transferring to the baking dish, try adding some bacon for a slightly different taste. Bacon can be cooked, drained, and crumbled, or smoked bacon can be cut into small pieces and added.

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