Cretan Cheese Pies with Thyme and Honey (Kalitsounia)

Kalitsounia

Cretan Cheese Pies with Thyme and Honey (Kalitsounia)

Kalitsounia (cheese pies with thyme honey)Matt Taylor-Gross

These local hand pies are often served around Easter. Made with a country-style phyllo, which is less flaky and slightly thicker than classic versions of the dough, they can be found either baked or fried and filled with many different types of mild local sheep and goat cheeses. This recipe for a baked version features mizithra and tiromalama cheeses, but others may use malaka or anthotyro. A good substitute is a mixture of feta and ricotta salata.