October 5, 2011
The Original Greek Festival is an event that many people in the Houston area look forward to each fall. The 45th annual edition of the festival takes place from Oct. 6 until Oct. 9 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in southwest Houston near the Museum District. Tickets cost $5 per person at the gate or $20 in advance online, and includes admission and a dinner plate or pastry box. Maria Christie and Dana Kantalis show food radio talk show host Cleverley Stone how to make tiropites, a traditional Greek snack made of puff pastry triangles filled with feta and cottage cheeses.
For more information about food, wine and dining in Houston, listen to Cleverley’s radio show Saturdays at Noon on Talk 650 AM.
(PS: She gives out restaurant gift cards on every radio show!)
Original Greek Festival Tiropites
(cheese filled triangles)
Makes 8 servings
- 1 box puff pastry dough
- 1/2 pound feta cheese
- 1/2 pound cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound butter, melted, warm & clarified
- 3 medium eggs
- salt & white pepper to taste
- Parchment paper
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat eggs until light & creamy. Fold in crumbled feta cheese, cottage cheese & Parmesan cheese. Season to taste.
3. Take 9″ x 9″ puff pastry dough sheet and cut into 4 squares.
4. Place 2 tablespoons of cheese filling in center of each square.
5. Brush edges with water, then fold over corner-to-corner, creating a triangle and crimp the edges with a fork.
Take fork and poke top of Tiropites to release steam.
6. Prior to baking brush clarified butter over top of Tiropites.
7. Place finished Tiropites on parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until golden brown.