Patatopita (Potato Pie)

This recipe incorporates halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a traditional Cypriot cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk that has a texture similar to mozzarella, though saltier in flavor.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 2 1⁄2 lbs. white potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup finely crumbled Greek feta cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded halloumi cheese
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Boil potatoes in plenty of salted water until soft, about 35 minutes. Drain and place in large mixing bowl; mash well and leave to cool slightly a few minutes.
  • Add cheeses, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and eggs; incorporate well with potatoes, until entire mix is smooth and creamy.
  • Using 1 tablespoon oil, grease a medium baking pan well; spread a little less than half of breadcrumbs evenly across bottom of pan. Pour potato mixture into greased pan; spread evenly.
  • Evenly distribute rest of breadcrumbs across top; drizzle remaining olive oil on top.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Note: The pie will rise while in the oven and will settle when removed to cool. Let stand 1 hour before slicing and serving.