Preveza

Kousmeri from Preveza (cheese pie)

Traditional Prevezian cheese pie, a local variation of the Epirotic alevropita.
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Before cooking...

Kousmeri shares its name with a totally different traditional recipe, a dessert made by the Romaniote Jews who had a strong presence in Preveza until the dark years of the Nazi Occupation. This Prevezian pie, on the other hand, is not a sweet dish but another plain version of the standard Epirotic batter pie, the alevropita.

Kousmeri from Preveza (cheese pie)

Ingredients

  • 450 g all-purpose flour
  • 300 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 250 ml milk
  • 120 g butter

Execution

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, the milk, the butter, and the crumbled feta cheese until you have a thin batter.
  2. Set the oven to “upper and lower heat” and preheat to 180 °C.
  3. Brush a baking pan with butter and spread the batter evenly.
  4. Place the pan on the lower rack and bake for 25 minutes (approximately) until the top is golden brown.
  5. Let the kousmeri cool for a bit and serve.

Like any homemade cheese pie, the Prevezian kousmeri can be enjoyed hot or cold at any time of the day. It’s a comforting savory snack and a practical treat for friends and guests.

After cooking...

After prevailing over Mark Anthony and Cleopatra’s fleet in the naval Battle of Actium, Augustus Octavian, the first Roman Emperor, built an entire city dedicated to his triumph. The Roman leader founded Nicopolis (Greek for “city of victory”) a few kilometers from modern Preveza to be a true metropolis of its time. Today, its ruins comprise Greece’s largest ancient city, a site full of unique monuments of a glorious faraway time.

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