Monday, October 11, 2010

"Pite" means pie (Cornmeal Pie with Scallions)

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
12 oz cottage cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Butter a 9" pie plate.

2. In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, cottage cheese, eggs, scallions, melted butte, and half of feta cheese. Scrape into pie plate, spread evenly, and sprinkle with rest of feta.

3. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.

Pronunciation: peeteh

Adapted from a recipe in Home Cooking Around the World by David Ricketts, which you can find here.


  1. Hey! I love your blog, you're very funny. Im a canadian girl in my early 20s and just married the love of my life and also a Kosovar. I can relate to you, and your albanian embodies the bluntness, temper and endearment I have learned to expect. I desperatly want to make pite... the one in the large round pan with phyllo and fillings of squash, or cheese and cream, or onions etc. Have you come across a good recipe? Its not like this one at all.. its not cornbread, its shaped into a spiral in a large round pan and is delicious!!!!! Maybe I should just call his mom haha

  2. Hi, Jazz! Nice to hear from someone who can relate. :)

    Really funny timing - I was planning on doing a post tomorrow on exactly what you asked about! I think you're looking for a recipe for "burek," not pite. My Albanian gets burek (meat, cheese, spinach and cream, and squash!) from this incredible pizza place in the Bronx at least once a week. Though I haven't yet tried cooking it on my own, I recently found these two recipes for the cheese version that sound pretty accurate/authentic:



    Let me know if you try either out! Also, watch for my "Burek" blog later tonight or tomorrow!