How to make Bosnian Cheese Pie aka Pita Sirnica

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 Delicious filo pastry stuffed with three cheeses aka sirnica

Bosnian cheese pie aka pita sirnica is one of the popular pastries enjoyed not only in Bosnia but across the Balkan peninsula. Traditionally, the dough is made from scratch but the convenience of the ready dough available in stores fits my busy schedule.

I love pita in all variations. Growing up it was on our table every week as it is Bosnian staple. Pita is a general term for stuffed pastry, but they all have a specific name based on the stuffing.

Besides cheese pie or pita sirnica, there’s a meat pita aka burek, pita with potatoes aka krompirusa, pita with spinach aka zeljanik, pita with pumpkin, egg pie, pita with…nothing – trust me, that one is my favorite, no joke! To make this pita, actually called maslenica or buttered pita (roughly translated), every layer of the pastry is brushed with a generous amount of butter and then baked. When I was little I called it pita with nothing because there is no filling.


Oh, and let’s not forget pita with apples, walnuts, and cinnamon, or a sweet cheese pita version. Is your mouth watering yet?

Mom always made the phyllo pastry from scratch. I am not that ambitious and have stocked my freezer with premade packaged pastry from our local international store. It’s pretty close to homemade, my Dad approved.

If there is no Bosnian pastry available to you, you can use Greek Phyllo Dough found in the frozen section of any store.

 The making of pita sirnica aka cheese pie

Pita is almost always rolled and then coiled into one big round or into small spirals like I did with burek. The store-bought filo is not as pliable so I just place the rolls next to each other. There’s also an option of layering the pastry sheets and filling. You can see some beautiful pitas featured by Ksenia at At The Immigrants Table. Seeing them, I get instantly homesick but with every bite of my cheese pie, it’s like getting a slice of home.

How to make Bosnian Cheese Pie aka Pita Sirnica

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Cheese filled filo pastry, Bosnian pita sirnica

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Bosnian phyllo pastry (or 1/2 package Greek style phyllo dough)
  • 32 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup Feta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted

 

~ Free Tip ~

Add one sliced green onion to the cheese filling for a piquant flavor.

 

Directions:

 

  1. First, get the pastry to room temperature. This is very important so they don’t break as they are very delicate. Once opened, keep them covered with a damp towel. The brand featured in the picture above has 8 sheets total.
  2. Next, in a large bowl beat the eggs. Mix in sour cream, all the cheeses, and salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Then, on a clean working surface place two sheets of pastry on top of each other. If you’re working with the Greek brand, use 5 sheets as they are much thinner.
  5. Lightly brush the melted butter over the top sheet and then spread ¼ of the filling stopping at about 1 inch from the sides.
  6. Gently start folding the sheets. You could also place the sheets on a clean tablecloth and lift the end of it to get the sheets rolled. Spray a little water on the open ends so that you can fold them under the roll. Put the roll in a greased pan. Repeat this tree more times. Use the leftover melted butter and brush over pita rolls, especially all the creases.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. The thinner sheets need less baking time, around 30 to 35 minutes. NOTE: Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on the pie during the last 10 minutes of baking.
  8. Let it cool slightly before cutting.
  9. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Cheese pie straight out of the oven

Bosnian pita sirnica is filo pastry filled with cheeses and baked

 

Bosnian Cheese Pie (Pita Sirnica)

Bosnian Cheese Pie (Pita Sirnica)

Delicious, flaky filo pastry filled with three cheeses and baked to perfection is favorite Bosnian dish enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or a main course.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Bosnian phyllo pastry (or 1/2 package Greek style phyllo dough)
  • 32 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup Feta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Directions

First, get the pastry to room temperature. This is very important so they don’t break as they are very delicate. Once opened, keep them covered with a damp towel. The brand featured in the picture has 8 sheets total.

Next, in a large bowl beat the eggs. Mix in sour cream, all the cheeses, and salt.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then, on a clean working surface place two sheets of pastry on top of each other. If you’re working with the Greek brand, use 5 sheets as they are much thinner.

Lightly brush the melted butter over the top sheet and then spread ¼ of the filling stopping at about 1 inch from the sides.

Gently start folding the sheets. You could also place the sheets on a clean tablecloth and lift the end of it to get the sheets rolled. Spray a little water on the open ends so that you can fold them under the roll. Put the roll in a greased pan. Repeat this tree more times. Use the leftover melted butter and brush over pita rolls, especially all the creases.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. The thinner sheets need less baking time, around 30 to 35 minutes. NOTE: Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on the pie during the last 10 minutes of baking.

Let it cool slightly before cutting. 

Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Add one sliced green onion to the cheese filling for a piquant flavor.

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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    July 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This sounds so so good! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you, Helen!

  2. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    July 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Always a pleasure having you link up your yummy recipes with us Jas at #overthemoon. Have a great week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 18, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Aw, that’s so nice of you to say, Sue! Thank you!!!

  3. Reply
    Leslie Clingan
    July 17, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Kept thinking this would be semi-sweet like a cheesecake until I read the ingredients. Sounds amazing and slightly sinful!!
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      Jas
      July 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Ha, tricked you 😉 We do have a sweet version too.

  4. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    July 16, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Ooooooo weeeee guess what Jas? We have phyllo pastry in the fridge!!! I’m not sure if it’s Greek or Bosnian or South African, but the label says phyllo so it should work right? I am so going to try and make this all by myself. Hold thumbs my friend
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      Jas
      July 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Awesome! If I could inspire you to bake/cook it would not only make my day but it would mean this blogging business has purpose 😀

  5. Reply
    Beverly
    July 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This looks amazing and I must try making it. I have never heard of this before but sounds yummy.
    Please join me at Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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      Jas
      July 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly! Heading over now 🙂

  6. Reply
    Hosting
    June 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    My family on my dad s side are all Bosnian refugees. My grandma makes the best cottage cheese pita i ve ever tasted. It s really refreshing to see posts like these, and it s nice to know that there are other families to whom the pita tastes like home.

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      allthatsjas
      June 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping in, Jeremy! Yes, nothing tastes more like home as pita does 😀

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  9. Reply
    Jas
    June 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Farmgirl,
    you spelled it correct 🙂
    I forgot pumpkin pita mostly because I’m not a fan. The method is the same as for cheese pita, just add grated or diced zucchini (or pumpkin). Before you add it to the cheese mixture though, salt it and let it “sweat”. Then squeeze genly the excess moisture. If you like more pumpkin flavor, use less cheese.

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    farmgirl
    June 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I love sirnica (sorry if I spelled it wrong). If you have time, please post the pumpkin pita recipe. Dinka’s made it and I love it too. Could I use zucchini rather than pumpkin?

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