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Greece is a meeting place between East and West, its cuisine mixing classical Mediterranean cooking with "oriental" influences from the Middle East. Greek food remains true to its roots, like ancient philosopher Epicurus' dictum to "live well and enjoy the simple things in life."

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Feta Cheese Pastry (Tiropita)

1 pound package frozen filo dough
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup milk
Pinch white pepper
7 eggs
1 pound feta cheese, crumbled
Butter, softened

Thaw filo dough completely. Melt the 5 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in the flour. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens. Add white pepper. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Quickly whisk the eggs into the sauce one at a time. Then stir in the cheese.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 10" deep-dish cake or quiche pan with butter.

To prepare, flatten filo dough and cut into 10" circles. Brush dough circles with butter. Using 3 filo layers at a time, place one pastry layer in bottom of dish. Follow with layer of cheese mixture, and repeat, ending with pastry layer. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

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