Gibanica Serbian Cheese Pie

Gibanica - Serbian Cheese Pie

Gibanica is a delicious pastry dish filled with flaky pastry layers and lots of cheese and eggs. It's served as a breakfast or an appetizer!

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Gibanica cheese pie pieces on a wire rack
Breakfast

Gibanica is a traditional pastry dish from the Balkans area, usually made with cheese and eggs. This dish is traditionally served for breakfast with kefir or plain yogurt. It's a staple meal in my family.

What You'll Need to Make Gibanica

Gibanica cheese pie ingredients

Here is the full list of all ingredients needed for this recipe. For precise measurements, please look at the recipe card.
  • Phyllo Dough: I used Athens Phyllo Dough sheets for this recipe. Traditionally, you would make the dough sheets from scratch, but these Phyllo Dough sheets are the perfect substitution to speed up the process.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the base of this recipe. They will give the flavor and help incorporate all ingredients.
  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour. We need a little bit.
  • Salt: Adding flavor.
  • Pepper: Just a pinch of black pepper for added flavor.
  • Sour cream: I used full-fat sour cream.
  • Cottage cheese: I used low-fat cottage cheese. You can substitute it with ricotta cheese, but please note it will be less salty.
  • Feta cheese: I used full-fat crumbled feta cheese. This gibanica recipe is very filling with this amount of feta cheese. I also tried to use half the amount of feta cheese, and it turned out great.
  • Unsalted butter: We use melted butter to brush the phyllo sheets between adding the cheese and egg mixture. It will give that nice golden finish on the top once baked.

How to Make Gibanica

Even though the preparation for gibanica is straightforward and it does not take long, thawing the pastry sheets takes longer. So, make sure you allow some time for that when you want to prepare this recipe.
First, thaw two rolls of phyllo pastry sheets. Follow the instructions on the package (it takes about 3 hours). Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheits.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Then add the sour cream. Mix until combined. Add cottage cheese and feta cheese. Fold with a spatula until combined. Set aside.

Unroll the phyllo sheets and cover them with a slightly damp kitchen towel to avoid drying out. Coat the baking pan (I used the iron cast 9”x13”) with a little bit of unsalted butter.

Lay the five phyllo sheets in the baking pan and brush the top sheet with melted butter. Spread one-quarter of the cheese and egg mixture on the top sheet.
Gibanica cheese pie first layer

Repeat this process four more times. Pour the remaining butter on the top sheet. Re-roll the unused phyllo sheets and leave them in the freezer for later use.
Gibanica cheese pie final layer

Bake for one hour or until golden on top. Remove from the oven and let sit for 20 minutes. The cheese pie will puff up during baking, but it will settle once rested.
Gibanica cheese pie overhead

Cut into 8 or 12 pieces and serve with kefir or plain yogurt. Enjoy!
Gibanica cheese pie pieces overhead
Gibanica cheese pie pieces stacked

How to Store Gibanica

If we have company and eat the whole gibanica the same day, I would leave it on the counter and cover it with the dry kitchen towel. Otherwise, please keep it in the air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Gibanica - Serbian Cheese Pie

Gibanica cheese pie pieces on a wire rack

Gibanica is a delicious pastry dish filled with flaky pastry layers and lots of cheese and eggs. It's served as a breakfast or an appetizer!


Ingredients

  • 25 sheets Phyllo Dough
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 lb feta cheese
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • Step 1

    Thaw two rolls of Phyllo pastry sheets. Follow the instructions on the package (it takes about 3 hours). Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheits.

  • Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Then add the sour cream. Mix until combined. Add cottage cheese and feta cheese. Fold with a spatula until combined. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Unroll the phyllo sheets and cover them with a slightly damp kitchen towel to avoid drying out.

  • Step 4

    Coat the baking pan (I used the iron cast 9”x13”) with a little bit of unsalted butter.

  • Step 5

    Lay the five phyllo sheets in the baking pan and brush the top sheet with melted butter.

  • Step 6

    Spread one-quarter of the cheese and egg mixture on the top sheet.

  • Step 7

    Repeat this process four more times. Pour the remaining butter on the top sheet. Re-roll the unused phyllo sheets and leave them in the freezer for later use.

  • Step 8

    Bake for one hour or until golden on top. Remove from the oven and let sit for 20 minutes. The cheese pie will puff up during baking, but it will settle once rested. Cut into 8 or 12 pieces and serve with kefir or plain yogurt. Enjoy!


Notes

  •  You can substitute cottage cheese with ricotta cheese, but it will be less salty.

  •  You can cut back on the amount for the feta cheese. I tried it with half the amount listed in this recipe (half a pound), and it tasted great. It's your preference if you want to add more or less feta cheese.


1 Comments

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    Posted on: February 18, 2022 07:36 PM

    Love this gibanica recipe so much! So flaky and flavorful! :)

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