Savory Feta and Black Caraway Pastries are a great appetizer or snack to have around. Very easy to make, these pastries will win your heart in no time! The mild saltiness of the cheese and the aromatic peppery bite of black caraway seeds make these pastries delicious.
I published on the blog some while ago another recipe for pastries made with farmer's cheese.
Why You Will Love This Recipe:
Today, I thought you might like to try another beautiful recipe and a favorite in my house, so I present you the pastries filled with Feta cheese and caraway.
If you visit Romania and especially Bucharest, the capital of the country where I grew up, you will find small bakeries with wonderful pastries at every corner of the street.
There are so many bakeries and pastry businesses that you cannot even imagine.
Pretzels, savory pastries filled with cheese, meat, sausages, hot dogs, or sweet ones filled with apples, pumpkin, or farmer's cheese, to just mention a few of them.
There are options for everyone and for every taste.
However, there is nothing better than homemade pastries. You can have them as appetizers, but they are perfect for any meal during the day.
In the past, I used to be afraid to work with puff pastry, but I discovered how easy it is, and since then, I have loved making all kinds of pastries with it.
What are these savory Feta and black caraway pastries?
These pastries are usually made with puff pastry sliced in squares, filled with cheese and eggs, sealed, and baked to perfection.
You will find these pastries under a lot of names, like cheese triangles, cheese foldovers, cheese appetizers, puff pastries, or Feta triangles. Puff pastry can be used to make all kinds of pastries, from savory to sweet.
You can use spinach and Feta, sausages, or ground meat, but you can also fill them with jam, fruits, cottage cheese with cheese and raisins, and other things that you like.
Puff pastry is so versatile and easy to use, and you can prepare it in so many ways, from appetizers to desserts.
Cheese-filled pastries, Tiropita, and Tiropitakia
I noticed recipes made with puff pastry and salty cheese called Tiropita, a popular Greek cheese pie recipe.
Tiropita has buttered layers of phyllo dough filled with salty or sweet cheese mixed with eggs, bathed in a combination of milk and more eggs, and baked as a slab pie. A Tiropita is a cheese pie.
Tiropitakia or Tyropitakia is actually an appetizer, or a cheese-filled pastry made with phyllo dough, somehow similar in look to the cheese filled puff pastries we are making today.
However, they are not the same, as tiropitakia also has layers of buttered phyllo sheets alternatively filled with cheese. They are not made with puff pastry.
Part of a big family of finger food appetizers, these are traditionally small in size and served with tzatziki sauce. Sometimes, for a sweet dessert, they are served dipped in honey.
For this recipe, in particular, I used puff pastry squares that were approximately 5x5 inches each.
However, puff pastry sheets are easy to find in grocery stores so you can cut them the same size.
My favorite Feta cheese is made with sheep or goat milk, but cow milk Feta is fine too.
I used large eggs.
Black caraway seeds- In the absence of them, you can use regular caraway seeds, poppy seeds, or sesame seeds.
Optional: Use fresh or dried dill to flavor the cheese filling.
How to make
Step 1. Thaw the puff pastry first and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Step 2. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
Step 3. Make the filling.
The filling is made with only two ingredients, Feta cheese and egg. Beat the egg with a fork in a bowl. Crumble the Feta and add it to the egg to make the filling.
Step 4. Fill out the pastries.
Place a dollop of the cheese mixture in the middle of each pastry, then fold the dough like a triangle or just in two, as you prefer.
With a fork, seal the pastry together so the cheese doesn't come out while baking.
Step 5. Place the pastries on a baking tray.
Step 6. Beat an egg and brush the top of each pastry with it.
Sprinkle black caraway seeds on each pastry.
Step 7. Bake at 400F for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm or cold.
They are great even the next day, but I assure you, you will not have any leftovers. They are delicious!
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- 17.3 oz (1 package) Puff Pastry Sheets thawed
- 8 oz Feta Cheese
- 1 large egg for the cheese mixture
- 1 large egg for brushing the pastries
- 2 tablespoons black caraway seeds
- Optional: 2-4 tablespoons fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Defrost the puff pastry for about 40-45 minutes and use it while still cold.
- If you use regular puff pastry sheets, cut the pastry in aprox. 5x5 inches squares.
- In a medium bowl, place the feta cheese and mash it with a fork.
- Add the egg and mix well.
- Place a dollop of the cheese mixture in the middle of the puff pastry squares and fold the pastry in half or as a triangle.
- Use a fork to seal the pastry around.
- Place each pastry on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
- Brush each pastry with the other egg and sprinkle them with black caraway seeds.
- Bake at 400F/200C for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm or cold.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 480mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 10g