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 at your next party. 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.

Phyllo Cheese Triangles - “Tiropetes”
Creamy cheese-filled triangles wrapped in crunchy phyllo dough make the perfect appetizer. Makes 32 triangles.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
  • ½ pound feta cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ pound phyllo pastry- defrosted overnight in the refrigerator and at room temperature
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a sheet pan or cookie sheet.
  2. Crumble feta into a medium bowl.
  3. Add cottage cheese and egg and blend thoroughly.
  4. Mix in parsley.
  5. Remove phyllo from box and unroll.
  6. Working on a sheet of wax or paper , remove one sheet and place on work surface. Butter lightly.
  7. Lay second layer on top and butter.
  8. Cut phyllo lengthwise into 3 long strips.
  9. Place a teaspoon of cheese filling at the end facing you and fold like a flag into a triangle.
  10. Place on buttered sheet pan. Butter tops of triangles with butter.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Repeat with remaining phyllo.
For a Party: Can be frozen, without thawing .Place them on a wax-lined or parchment lined cookie sheet, butter tops,and layer the triangles with paper and freeze. Freeze left-over filling to be used again.

Greek Cheese Tiropetes

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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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