Little Phyllo Pies With Feta & Parsley

I love little savory pies.

They’re the perfect food to grab on my way to work because they’re easy to transport and don’t make a mess. Plus, I can eat them hot at my desk or cold. I think I’m on a mission to make a new type of little savory pie each week.

A long time ago my friend gave me the cookbook Baking: A Commonsense Guide. At first glance, it appeared to be a typical baking book but then I noticed recipes for friands, beef pie in a double crust, passionfruit and coconut cheese slice (bars) and digestive biscuits. The ingredient measurements are also listed in both grams and cups.

The book is actually published in Australia and I was excited to unearth it last week from a pile of boxes in our garage. Oh, the joys joys of moving.

Most of the recipes in this book are sweet, but it doesn’t neglect the savory. The recipe for phyllo pies stuffed with parsley and feta (borek) caught my eye because it called for minimal ingredients and looked like an easy Sunday afternoon baking project.

This was my first time working with phyllo dough. You can find it in the frozen or refrigerated sections at the grocery store. I bought a box of Athens brand for a few dollars at Target. The sheets of dough are as thin as gift wrap and packed in the box as two rolls.

Overall, I found phyllo very easy to work with and still have half the box to use. What would you make with an extra roll of phyllo? I’m dreaming about making baklava or Lebanese meat pies.

Cheese Borek
Adapted from the recipe for Borek in Baking: A Commonsense Guide, page 260. This recipe makes 24 little pies. You’ll have an extra pack of phyllo so you could easily double the recipe or save it for later. 

Borek

Ingredients:
Feta cheese, crumbled, about 14 ounces.
2 eggs, beaten lightly
Nearly a whole head of parsley leaves, chopped (I used flat, but I thin any type would do)
Black pepper, to taste
Nutmeg, pinch
Phyllo, one roll
Olive oil, melted butter, or both

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350℉.
  2. Combine the crumbled feta, eggs and parsley. Season with black pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Unwrap the phyllo and remove one sheet at a time. Cover the rest of the sheets with a damp towel.
  4. Lightly brush the first sheet with oil or butter. It might tear or crack which is OK because you’ll cover it with another sheet.
  5. Repeat this three more times so you have a stack of four, oiled sheets.
  6. Make sure the sheets are facing you the long way. Cut the stacked phyllo sheets into four even strips.
  7. Place a couple small spoonfuls of the cheese mixture into the bottom of the phyllo strip. Fold the bottom corner over diagonally and continue folding like a triangle. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Just make sure the edges get covered so the filling doesn’t leak. If you overfill, the triangles might burst at the seams.
  8. Place on a lightly greased sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. I flipped halfway through.
  9. Cool on a cooling rack if you have one so the bottoms don’t get soggy.

6 Comments

  1. Beth Ann Chiles

    If only I liked feta cheese these would be a win for me. The hubby loves feta so he would be a huge fan. Maybe I could make half with feta and half with another soft lovely cheese……They look lovely and would be a perfect “to go” lunch! I have use phyllo for various savory treats and have loved working with it. Thanks for another great looking treat.

    • Jeni Flaa

      Feta does have a funky bite. I bet you could replace it with something else. I found a recipe for the Australian beef pie in the book. It looks good!

  2. Feisty Eats

    Those sound amazing! I made something similar a while back with puff pastry. Great pics!

    • Jeni Flaa

      Thanks:) Did you publish your dish on your blog? I will have to find it.

  3. MotherMaier

    And what are we to do in Step 2?? “2 eggs, scrambled” as in cooked over medium heat in a buttered frypan – or – beaten with a fork and then used to bind the cheese and parsley together?? Cooling wrack? I think the w” can be omitted. As a former food prep educator and newsletter editor, I have to give you some red pen marks for not carefully proofing your post! Keep up the interesting commentaries.

    • Jeni Flaa

      I appreciate you catching those errors! I will add the second direction and spelling. Not sure what happened there, but I’m glad you brought that to my attention so I can fix it. As you can see, I needed to look this over more carefully before publishing this morning:/ I write this blog for fun and do not accept advertising or payment so it’s really what I do for fun in my free time because I love cooking and writing. Thanks for reading.

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