So I have been obsessed with kourou cheese pies since trying an INCREDIBLE pie from a Greek bakery in Athens, which was recommended to me through the Lonely Planet’s Eatlist book – which I check regularly so that I can find the best locations for delicious local food no matter what country Ben and I end up in!
Kourou cheese pies are a crispy shortcrust pastry filled with a delicious creamy medley of Greek cheeses and IT IS INCREDIBLE!
Our Cooking Class Experience
Ben and I booked our Athens cooking class with CookInAthens whilst we were still in Florence because we were SO READY to make all the delicious Greek food!
We walked from our apartment south of the Acropolis through the bustling market stalls and winding cobbled streets to reach a kitchen studio with a gorgeous view of the towering Parthenon in the distance.
Our teacher Marilena was fantastic! She was incredibly knowledgable about each dish we were cooking and its history and compiled a personalised menu full of the specific dishes Ben and I have always wanted to learn how to cook! One of the dishes: KOUROU CHEESE PIES!
Kourou pies are a Greek delicacy and can often have a range of fillings. However, this recipe is simple, anti-fuss and will suit even the pickiest of eaters (Ben, for example, doesn’t like cheese unless it is melted or crispy and he LOVED this little pies!)
The kourou pies make for a fantastic appetizer, starter or a hot little hug from the Mediterranean as a quick snack dipped into some homemade tzatziki!
Various substitutions can be made to make this recipe gluten-free – simply alter the flour, and can also be made vegan with plant-based cheeses! For those who aren’t vegan or gluten-free and don’t have access to the specific Greek cheeses used in this recipe, simply swap the anthotiro cheese for ricotta cheese and the manouri cheese for feta!
If you want to push the boat out, other fillings for these pies can include pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and peppers!
I can’t wait for you to try these little parcels of happiness! I hope that they transport you to the sunny streets of Greece!