When it comes to the beloved Greek household, pies come first and kataifi pastry comes second! Kataifi is a lightly sweetened shredded filo dough widely used in Greece, often notably seen as ‘kadayif‘ in Middle Eastern desserts – you might have tasted this in some baklava varieties without even knowing it! Despite kataifi’s subtle sweetness and tendency towards being more of a dessert, Greeks love using it for savory pies and other delicious dishes. It’s no secret that kataifi takes any savory pie up a notch, bringing out deeper flavors and giving dishes a unique texture like nowhere else.
If you’re looking for a dish to steal the show at your next gathering, kataifi pastry is the ingredient you need! This recipe puts kataifi filo pastry nests to work in giving a unique spin on both traditional Hellenic pie and kataifi. With several varieties of melt-in-the-mouth cheese tucked into these nests and then baked in a pie dish, you get a rich filling with a light, crispy texture that will be sure to leave everyone wanting more. Be warned - this tasty treat is so irresistibly scrumptious that it may just cause a scene when it hits the table!
Everyone loves a special dish that requires time and effort, but let’s be honest - who has the time? Kataifi pastry may not be available everywhere, but thankfully you don’t have to send out a search party to locate it! Greek delis, online, and even some larger grocery stores carry kataifi pastry so you can get started on your cheese kataifi pie right away. Forgo the labor of creating the pastry from scratch and spoil your guests with this delicious dinner in no time. The result will be nothing short of spectacular - just make sure you save a piece for yourself!
After your delectable pie is baked to perfection, let it sit for a bit. This will give the flavors time to meld together and each layer an opportunity to crisp up nicely prior to serving.
Baking times may vary depending on oven type and size, so check regularly while baking until there is a golden brown color on top of the crust.
Keep your kataifi cheese pie fresh by storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
You will need about 2 hours 10 minutes to make 16 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 327 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 8 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!
Gently whisk together 3 eggs, pepper, and all of the cheeses (feta, Roquefort, cheddar, and gouda) in a bowl until fully combined.
Prepare the kataifi pastry by pulling it apart, and gently spreading its strands out until it is light and airy.
Utilize a small bowl to craft each pie by combining a generous portion of kataifi pastry and an ample spoonful of cheese filling.
Carefully roll each portion into a ball before transferring it to an oiled baking tray. Continue repeating the process until all of your delicious dough is shaped and on the tray!
In a bowl, whisk the remaining 3 eggs with double cream, and milk until smooth. Pour the mixture evenly over your tray for even distribution.
Place the kataifi in the refrigerator for half an hour to soak up all of the flavors from the egg mixture.
Watch it step-by-step!
Kataifi Cheese Pie
Move over savory pies, kataifi cheese pie is here! This fascinating twist on the classic Greek household dish is made texturally unique with kataifi pastry. The strands of kataifi envelop a flavor-rich filling, creating an out-of-this-world experience for your tastebuds.
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What an unusual… pastry?! I had a hard time finding kataifi but finally found it in a Turkish deli. Very tasteful recipe.
Looks fancy and delicious! Exactly what I was looking for… 😊