CHEESE AND ZA'ATAR PIE
Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch
Half a regular-sized package of phyllo, thawed
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup ricotta cheese
3 cups feta cheese
½ cups sliced green olives
3 tablespoons zaatar mix
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, combine the ricotta and feta cheese with the egg, olives, and zaatar. Mix and ensure all ingredients are combined well. Be careful not to break down or overmix the cheese so it doesn’t turn into liquid.
Melt the butter and start by prepping your pie or tart dish, whatever you have on hand, by brushing the base and sides with the butter. This will prevent your puff pastry from sticking or burning. Start layering your phyllo dough in the dish to create a base and don’t worry about making it even and uniform. Let the ends fall out of the dish. You can either cut excess dough or if long enough, fold it over to create your top layer. A rough appearance shouldn’t worry you, once baked it will look golden and beautiful.
Evenly spread your cheese mixture in the dish and layer the remaining dough to seal your pie. You can glaze the top of your pie with an egg if you want a shiny glaze, but we prefer making our pie without a top glaze so that the top layer curls and crips up. This adds that wonderful texture of flaky dough breaking on your tongue with each bite. Bake in the oven until the top layer turns golden brown, about 35 minutes.