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Middle Eastern Cheese and Za'atar Pie Recipe | Dukkan

Middle Eastern Cheese and Za'atar Pie Recipe | Dukkan

Zaatar makes any savory pie better, but zaatar makes cheese pies seem absolutely decadent! Cheese pastries in various forms are a staple throughout the Middle East. They're eaten either at breakfast with a cup of tea, or as a snack by school children who stop by their local bakery when school lets out. Similar to a Greek cheese tiropita pie, this cheese puff pastry pie is a regular on the dinner table, oftentimes served as a side during gatherings in Ramadan. Some add nigella seeds, some add mint, but we love using our zaatar. You can make this a whole meal by adding a fresh green side salad.

Zaatar and Cheese Pie

CATEGORY

Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch

SERVINGS

4-6

PREP TIME

1 Hour

Author: Dukkan Foods


INGREDIENTS

 

  • Half a regular-sized package of phyllo, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon butter 

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 3 cups feta cheese

  • Two eggs

  • ½ cups sliced green olives

  • 3 tablespoons zaatar mix



    DIRECTIONS

     

    1. Step 1 

      Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    2. Step 2

      In a bowl, combine the ricotta and feta cheese with the two eggs, 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. 

    3. Step 3

      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 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. 

    4. Step 4

      Evenly spread your cheese mixture in the dish and layer the remaining dough to seal your pie. Bake in the oven until the top layer turns golden brown, about 25 minutes. 

    5. Step 5

      Allow to cool slightly before serving. 

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