Zucchini and Herb Phyllo Pies

I got the idea for these in one of my Greek cook books.

It was called ‘kolokithópita’ or zucchini pie.  (Similar to ‘spanakópita’ or spinach pie.)

It served 8.

I was thinking more along the line of tapas, samosas, mezze, little bites….

A first course for two.

So I modified it ever so slightly.

I was a little concerned that the moisture from the zucchini would make the phyllo soggy… No problems.

But because of the moisture I didn’t add any other liquid flavorings.

Little Zucchini Phyllo Pies

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 4 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1 small zucchini, grated or shredded finely (small holes), 1 – 1/4 cups
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 2 tbs chopped chives
  • 2 tbs chopped basil
  • 2 tbs crumbled feta cheese
  • olive oil
  • Tomato Yogurt Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium, ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs chopped basil
  • 2 tbs chopped garlic chive
  • 1 tbs white wine tarragon vinegar

Zucchini Samosas


  • After shredding the zucchini, put into a strainer and allow to drain for 5 minutes. 
  • Combine the zucchini, herbs and feta.
  • Remove 1 sheet of pastry and re-wrap the rest.  It’s important to keep filo covered at all times or it will dry out very quickly.
  • Lay the sheet out flat and lightly brush all over with olive oil.  
  • Top with another sheet and brush with oil
  • Cut sheets in thirds the long way..  
  • Take one corner of one strip and lightly fold it so that the corner touches the opposite side.  Do not actually make the fold.  We just want to determine the placement of the filling.  It will form a triangle. 
  • Unfold it and place 1/6th of the filling on the half of the triangle that will be the ‘bottom’. 
  • Now make the fold, taking the corner to the opposite side.  Continue to fold over and over, maintaining the triangle, like a flag.  (It will make sense when you are doing it)  You will end up with a nicely sealed triangle. 
  • Brush the top and bottom with oil and place on a baking sheet. 
  • Repeat,  making 6 little pies in all. 
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Tomato Yogurt Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to combine.  
  • To serve: Divide the Tomato Yogurt Sauce in half and put into small bowls or on small plates.  Add 3 Pies to each plate and serve.

I’m tired.

I’m fit, I eat well, I exercise…. And I’m tired.

There is a reason, though.

The farmers have been harvesting at night.

I don’t know if it’s because it’s hot during the day or because the harvesting equipment is on a tight schedule.

Normally, I wouldn’t care.

But it’s been hot.  We have the windows open.

The puppies bark at the farmers.

We wake up; I tell the puppies to be quiet; they settle back down.

An hour later we do it all again.

Plus we have a mouse in the house.

It’s in the ceiling right above the bed.

After the farmers quit for the night, around 3am, the mouse starts nibbling in the wood in the ceiling.

We wake up.

Either mon mari or I pound on the ceiling to scare the mouse…..

Which shuts the mouse up but wakes up the puppies… who bark.

I tell the puppies to be quiet, they settle back down.

An hour later we do it again.

Yesterday, mon mari cut an opening in the ceiling and put a mousetrap up.

Early this morning we heard the mouse.  It sounded like the trap was being dragged.

Mon mari got up to check, hoping that the mouse was firmly caught in the trap.

It wasn’t.

Apparently it had just enjoyed the cheese and was moving the trap out of it’s way.

And so it goes……

10 thoughts on “Zucchini and Herb Phyllo Pies”

  1. I would really enjoy having this tonight. I like things in phyllo dough. The tomato-yoghurt sauce sounds perfect.
    A few weeks after we got back from Paris, we found evidence of mice. Got ’em both in a few days. Thankfully they were not in the ceiling!

  2. My heart bleeds for the man who has to cut a hole in his just-finished ceiling to catch the blankety-blank mouse! And for you, who is not getting enough sleep.

  3. P.S. Use peanut butter or something of that consistency, so he has to lick it off and can’t scamper away with the cheese. Gets the little buggers every time!

  4. Tanna, just lucky I guess LOL
    Pam, not funny at 4 am.’-)
    Mimi, I don’t think there’s a way to keep them out of a building this old…. I just want them out of the bedroom ceiling!!!
    Zoomie, it’s keeping him up too… He didn’t have a problem with the hole LOL
    We put peanut butter on the cheese – ate it all. We got a new trap to try tonight.
    manningroad, ooooh That would make me very angry… I think I’d sic the dogs on them ;-))
    Val, one can never have too many zucchini recipes.

  5. Oh dear, I can so relate to dogs barking at night and the do it all again thing an hour later. Amid your tiredness however, your humor prevails and you made me laugh. And do I have a mouse trap for you!

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