We're falling for the crisp, golden and satisfying moves of filo pastry. Whether you make filo from scratch or go store-bought, here's how to double your pastry offering by going savoury and sweet in one sitting.
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6 Jul 2020 - 11:09 AM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2020 - 11:09 AM

1. Such a banging 'beet'

An ode to Greek flavours, this chicken and rice pie brings together some of Greece's most popular ingredients - silverbeet, haloumi, Kalamata olives, rice and filo pastry. 

Greek chicken and rice pie

2. The ultimate finger food

These sundried tomato and pine nut pies are using feta and kefalotiri cheese and make excellent party fare.

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3. Trust your mama

Simple spanakopita with homemade filo, courtesy of Peter Georgakopoulos's mother. Perfect your pastry making skills and for super-thin sheets, use a pasta machine to help out.

4. Feeling all mushy inside

The most famous Greek pie may be the spinach-filled spanakopita, but with countless varieties abound in the filo pastry pie-loving nation, in Northern Greece, this sautéed mushroom pie is a favourite.

5. Sweet cheeses!

Not your average trio - cheese, tahini and chocolate come together in these sweet filo rolls. With a scoop of thick cream, these make an easy mid-week dessert.

6. The gift that just keeps on giving

Bougatsa is, arguably, one of Greece’s greatest gifts to the culinary world. Layers of buttered filo encase a sweet semolina custard which is baked into a golden flaky pie. Dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon, it’s the perfect accompaniment to, well, just about anything.

Sweet semolina filo pie (bougatsa)

7. Sensational syrup

If you’re looking for the ultimate Greek sweet, look no further than portokalopita. This crispy, syrupy, custardy concoction makes perfect use of Greece’s famed yoghurt, which is strained to remove the whey to create a thicker, creamier result.

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