Phyllo Cheese Triangles “Tiropetes”

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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If you love feta cheese, these Phyllo Cheese Triangles will be worth making for your family or guests! Make them ahead and freeze them then just pop them in the oven. Serve them with beer and wine as a great party favorite! My mother loved making these appetizers during special occasions and for Sunday dinners. I have to tell you this is my favorite appetizer of all. They come out of the oven warm and crispy, with a tang of hot feta cheese that envelopes your mouth. These are very traditional so do ask for them at your favorite Greek restaurant. These are a must for your holiday table. You can find phyllo at your local grocery store. Or you can go online at Fillo Factory.

If you are having trouble finding phyllo here are a few tips.
  1. Check the freezer section at your local grocer.
  2. Find a busy store when purchasing, phyllo gets crumbly when old.
  3. Buy more than one at a time, to ensure you have a workable batch.
  4. Always have a box defrosted in your refrigerator to help with last-minute baking.


Phyllo Cheese Triangles "Tiropetes"

Need a quick appetizer? Try these creamy cheese-filled triangles wrapped in a crunchy phyllo dough. I make these and freeze them on a tray for the next drop-in guest or party.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword appetizer, feta, Greek, phylllo
Servings 15
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup full fat cottage cheese, small curds
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 pound phyllo sheets (1/2 box) defrosted overnight in the freezer and at room temperature


  1. In a medium bowl add crumbled feta. Add the cottage cheese and egg and mix thoroughly. Mix in parsley.

  2. Remove defrosted phyllo from the box and unroll. Working on a kitchen towel or parchment paper, remove one sheet and place on a work surface. Butter the top with butter. Lay the second sheet and butter.

  3. With a sharp knife cut phyllo lengthwise into 3 long and even strips. Place a teaspoon of the feta filling at the end closest to you and fold like a flag. Making a triangle shape.

  4. Place on a buttered sheet pan seam side down. Butter the top of each triangle.

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown in a 375 degree oven.

Recipe Notes

For a party, the triangles can be remove from the freezer frozen, without thawing allowing a few more minutes to cook. Freeze triangles raw uncooked on a flat surface in a sheet tray. May be stacked between parchment paper after freezing.

Greek Cheese Tiropetes

If you need more help, here is a post I wrote on Working with Phyllo Dough.

As you guessed, I’m Greek and have a section in my category listed just for my Phyllo Recipes.

Let’s get to work, learning about Phyllo!


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy Cherry Eifert

Hi Mary,
I’m hosting a baby shower in a couple weeks and would love to make these. I’d like to make them ahead of time and freeze them. I’m a little confused about the baking time…20-30 minutes total time?
I’m completely in love with the your scrambled egg/tomato/feta recipe. It’s become my favorite breakfast!
Thanks Mary,

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Nancy, These are so easy to make. I place a 10 min. variation because of the different ovens we all have at home. Check the triangles after 15 minutes, and if they are not lightly brown than continue with an additional 5-10 minutes. Freezing these ahead of time will take an additional 5 minutes to bake.

3 Ashley

I am running out to get all I need and making these ASAP! I love feta cheese and these look amazing 🙂 Thank you!

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

This is a staple in our home, I hope it becomes one of yours as well!

5 Nancy Cherry Eifert

Wow, these were a big hit at the ‘baby party.’ Everyone loved them! I made a double batch and was glad I did, they disappeared quickly.
Thanks for such a GREAT recipe, I’ll be making them again very soon!

6 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Nancy, I’m so happy they enjoyed your greek tiropetes! Thanks to my mother who was a fantastic cook, we can now enjoy them!Enjpy your Fall! Mary

7 Lisa Britton

Hi Mary,

I am making these on a Monday to give to my child to bring to school on Tuesday. Can I cook them on Monday or do I have to freeze them and cook them on Tuesday?

Thanks, Lisa

8 Lisa Britton

Hi Mary,
I am making these on a Monday so my daughter can bring them to school on Tuesday. Do you think I can put them in oven on Monday or freeze them and put them in oven on Tuesday?

Thanks, Lisa

9 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Just assemble and refrigerate them, and bake them off the next day.

10 SandraJ

Hate to sound dumb BUT….if I am going to freeze them for later use….do I bake them first and freeze or freeze them raw?? Thanks!!

11 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Sandra,
Freeze them between wax or parchment paper, remove from the freezer when you are ready to bake.
Thank’s it, and I always make more for another time!

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