Cretan Fried Cheese Pastries (Sarikopitakia)

Sarikopitakia

Sarikopitakia (fried mizithra cheese pastries)

Sarikopitakia (fried mizithra cheese pastries)Matt Taylor-Gross

These savory fried cheese pies are named for their spiral shapes. Sariki, a Turkish word meaning “turban,” is also the name of a traditional headdress still worn by Cretan men at celebrations. Tsikoudia, a grape-based spirit from Crete, is used in the dough, likely for making it easier to roll out into thin sheets.

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