Banitsa (Bulgarian Cheese Pie)

How To Make

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Banitsa is a savory pie from Bulgaria. This Balkan classic is filled with cheese, wrapped in crispy phyllo dough, and baked until golden brown. It's the perfect comfort dish!

What You'll Need

Phyllo Sheets Eggs Yogurt Feta Cheese Baking Soda Melted Butter

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your 8-inch pan. Then whisk the eggs and yogurt together in a mixing bowl.

Next, add in the crumbled feta cheese and baking soda and mix everything together gently.

Unroll the phyllo dough, then lay out one layer and spread it with melted butter. Place a second sheet of pyllo dough on top and brush with butter.

Spread a thin layer of egg-cheese mixture onto the sheets. Roll them gently along the long edge, and place the rolled dough into the pan, seam side down.

Repeat this with the remaining phyllo dough and mixture until the pan is filled. Brush melted butter on the top of the pie.

Bake the banitsa at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes until golden brown on top. Cooking time may vary.

Once cooked, remove the pie from the oven, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to cool, then cut into slices and serve with drinkable yogurt or ayran. Enjoy!

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