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Course pies
Place of origin Greece (Crete)
Main ingredients Flour, mizithra and honey

Kalitsounia (Greek : καλιτσούνια) are small cheese or herb pies associated with the Greek island of Crete. They resemble a common cheese or stuffed pie with the principal difference of its filling and serving variations. So, in Chania we find the salty kalitsounia, stuffed with the local, mild cheese, mizithra or various herbs from the Cretan land (without cheese) and the sweet kalistounia, also stuffed with mizithra but poured with honey on top.

This is unique delicacy served in the entire island and throughout Chania prefecture, from popular restaurants in Chania town to small mountainous villages. There is also another version of kalitsounia made with dough and not fillo pastry (very thin sheet of dough), stuffed also with mizithra and cinnamon. Kalitsounia can be either baked or fried depending on whether they are made with dough or thin fillo pastry. [1]

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  1. Vilma Chantiles (1992). Food of Greece: Cooking, Folkways, and Travel in the Mainland and Islands of Greece . Simon and Schuster. pp.  252. ISBN   9780671750961.