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As I am reconnecting with cooking Greek food and tracking down some of my mother's old recipes (I lost most of them!) or recreating them through research, I realize I am rusty working with phyllo. Do you guys have any tips? In particular, the phyllo seems to be sticking together inside the package.

I enjoyed this video - do you guys have anything to add?


I have been thawing it on the counter and that I think is my first problem!
 

Linda554

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If it is sticking together in the package, I’d buy a different brand.
Also, make sure they are cold but thoroughly thawed from the freezer.
The trick is to keep the sheets you are waiting to use moist until you’re ready for them. Keep them covered with Saran Wrap and a damp tea towel until you use them.
 
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Unfortunately I have a hard time finding different brands. Stores are often out of phyllo entirely. Maybe I should try making it myself but I am concerned that is a bit too ambitious for me right now. Thank you, Linda554 for the tips! Someone told me to defrost in fridge and I think I am going to try that next and see if it helps. Hopefully that is the problem and not the brand.
 

k_tsoukalas

Moderator
It's all about the thawing process. Unfortunately, if the store let them though then refroze them, nothing that you do for thawing will make a difference. The package is already ruined.

So, I would try these things:

1. Make sure you thaw in refrigerator. Putting them on counter to thaw will make them stick.
2. Try buying the phyllo from a different store, in case they aren't doing things properly
3. Try buying a different brand

For the most part, for me, step 1 works nearly every time. I used to defrost it on the counter.
 

Do you have tips for working with phyllo?

I have been experimenting with Greek cooking for a few years now and I didn't have the guts to start trying to work with phyllo until recently - I tried to make baklava. I had all kinds of problems and I am hoping you guys have some tips to help me get the hang of it better. Here's a list of the issues I had:

1. Sheets were stuck together in the package
2. The phyllo started to dry out as I assembled the recipe
3. My pan was shorter than each sheet and I didn't know what to do with the exces

I don't know, am I doing something wrong?

Is Melomakarona and Finikia the Same Thing?

I am trying to get my recipe box in order and I have a recipe for Melomakarona and another for Finikia, but as I look at these recipes, they look like the same thing. Are they? My family always referred to it as Finikia and always made it at Christmas, but I got the Melomakorona recipe from a friend without realizing the similarities. If it is the same cookie, does anyone know why it has different names?

Tiropitakia Recipe Just Like the Street Food?

I had a delicious tiropitakia recently in Athens on the street and it was sooo good - better than other versions I have had. First of all, the phyllo was so crispy I don't know how they do it! It was also bigger than other ones I have had. When I make them at home I think I will make them bigger.

My question is, how did they get it so crispy? I always use butter but something was different about this. Could they be using a different type of butter? Are they mixing the butter with olive oil?

Then, there is a question of the cheeses. It wasn't Feta - it was creamier. They maybe put a little Feta in it, but the mixture was a lot creamier than I've had. What cheese could be responsible for this? It kind of had a mild, creamy goat cheese type of flavor. I also thought I tasted a touch of nutmeg.... I never thought of that.

Any thoughts you have on how I can recreate this are appreciated!

Tips for Working with Phyllo?

As I am reconnecting with cooking Greek food and tracking down some of my mother's old recipes (I lost most of them!) or recreating them through research, I realize I am rusty working with phyllo. Do you guys have any tips? In particular, the phyllo seems to be sticking together inside the package.

I enjoyed this video - do you guys have anything to add?


I have been thawing it on the counter and that I think is my first problem!

Good Greek Recipes for Fall

Summer is (sadly) behind us and now I am starting to experiment with some foods that seem more appropriate for this time of year. Since I am getting more comfortable working with phyllo I thought I would try pita with squash. I found this recipe a little bit ago:


Thought I would also try to make this:


I tend to like heavier food at this time of year.

Does anyone else have any suggestions of dishes I should try?
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