Greek Pastries

Greek pastries are blessed with nuts and honey, often layered among flaky, delicious phyllo dough. Try Greek pastries at the holidays for a new spin.

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Flaky Pear Tartlets

Food & Wine

These tartlets, made with layered sheets of phyllo and almond cream, are a riff on baklava: "My mom's family is from Lebanon, so I grew up loving baklava," chef Jason Travi says. If you can, fill the tartlets with Bartlett pears, which are sweet but not very juicy (too much liquid will make the phyllo soggy).

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Honeyed Goat Cheese Tart with Pistachio Crust

Food & Wine

Like sugar, honey caramelizes as it cooks. Here, warm honey is drizzled over a mixture of goat cheese and Greek yogurt, where it cools to a caramel-like consistency. For a crunchier topping, heat the honey until it reaches 250 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Total: 4 hrs

Feta Custard in Phyllo Cups

Better Homes and Gardens

These savory appetizers have a custard filling and an olive topper.

Feta Phyllo Bites (Katrinas)

Better Homes and Gardens

Salty, sweet, and a little bit tangy, the creamy cheese filling in these delectable bites is the perfect counterpoint to the buttery, flaky phyllo that surrounds it. When layering your phyllo dough, cover unused sheets with a damp paper towel as you work -- the delicate dough dries out quickly when left exposed.

Cheese-Filled Bougatsa

Family Circle

Nut Wedges

Better Homes and Gardens

Reminiscent of Greek baklava, yet easier to make, these tiny pastries burst with rich honey-nut filling. Brew a pot of tea to serve with them.

Lamb and Goat Cheese Strudel

Better Homes and Gardens

A savory strudel is simplified with puff pastry. This easy dinner dish can be made ahead and frozen too.

Spinach Phyllo Triangles

Better Homes and Gardens

This succulent take on the classic Greek snack gets its rich flavor from feta cheese and spinach. Phyllo dough dries very quickly so keep sheets covered until needed.

Cherry Apricot Pistachio Baklava

Better Homes and Gardens

A mix of dried fruits and nuts, a splash of brandy, and warm spices make this pastry dessert simply divine. Cut it into diamonds, which is traditional for this Greek treat.

Pistachio-Apple Baklava

Diabetic Living

Replace butter with fat-free butter-flavor nonstick cooking spray to make this low-fat version of baklava.


Better Homes and Gardens

This classic Greek dessert is renowned for its layers of paper-thin phyllo and cinnamon-walnut filling all drenched with a honey syrup.

Gyros: Make the Takeout

We know, we know: a traditional Greek gyro (the Greek word for "spin," and pronounced "yee-roh," not "jira" as in "gyroscope") is made with minced lamb that's molded around a skewer and roasted, then wrapped it a pita and topped with grilled onions, peppers, and tzatziki. But since we don't know too many folks who are lovingly roasting lamb on a spit when they get home from work, we decided to give you a version that's better suited to midweek meals, and that's better for you, too. Shredded rotisserie chicken tossed with Greek seasoning, lemon, and paprika replaces the lamb, and salad greens add to the fresh flavors and make it a balanced meal.

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