Cheese Pie Recipe
Cheese Pie is a universal dish that almost every nationality has their own version of. There is Pizza: dough, tomato and cheese. There is the Argentinian Cheese Empanada (crispy dough, filled with cheese, onion and some herbs), there is the Turkish Cheese Cigarettes (cheese rolled in very thin dough and deep fried). The Greeks use the Fillo dough to make their own version of it with feta cheese and spinach, called Spanakopita.
Cheese is very important in my household. My family adores eating the cheese pies that I make with the Fillo dough layers and layers of thin dough brushed with lots of butter, filled with cheese and spices. This recipe is a bit different from the traditional cheese pies described above. The cake-like texture of this dough makes it easy to serve when cut into wedges. I usually double the recipe and make a large cake/pie and serve to a large crowd as an appetizer. It tastes great served cold or hot and makes a great leftover for the next day.
I make the dough in my food processor, lay it out, fill with the cheese mix and cover with another piece of dough. Then I decorate the dough with different pieces of the remaining scraps of dough. This recipe can be made two days ahead of time, covered, refrigerated and cooked an hour before serving if needed. You can actually cut and serve it just like a pie.
It can be made ahead of time and served during a cocktail party.
It can be made in small sizes and used as an individual small pies as a first course at dinner parties.
It can made in small molds and served to large crowds.
Cheese Pie Recipe
2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
¾ stick of butter or margarine
1 packet yeast
Mix all ingredients in a food processor until a dough is formed.
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup el cacique Mexican cheese
1 cup feta cheese
1 teaspoon of ground fenugreek
1 egg white
Mix all of the filling ingredients together. Once the dough is formed, divide into two pieces and roll them out. Butter a round 8-inch cake pan. Lay one layer of dough in the pan, add all the filling and cover with another layer of dough. Decorate the top of the pie with remaining dough that are cut into different shapes. Brush with egg wash (1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water, mixed).
Bake in a 400F oven until golden, about 40 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.