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Top Eastern European Savory Pie Recipes

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Eastern European pies can be sweet or savory and they can be made with flaky pastry dough, yeast doughs and filo dough. Below are my choices for top Eastern European savory pie recipes. And here are my picks for top Eastern European dessert pie recipes.

1. Russian Cabbage Pie Recipe - Kulebjaka

Russian Cabbage Pie or Kulebjaka
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Russian cabbage pie or kulebjaka or kulybyaka is similar to a savory turnover like a Mexican empanada or Italian calzone. Kulebjaka can be made with a flaky puff pastry or pie dough, or a yeast dough as it is here.

2. Eastern European Cabbage Pie Recipe

Eastern European Cabbage Pie Recipe
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Unlike the cabbage pie recipe above, this one is made with a flaky pie crust. It can be eaten as a side dish or a vegetarian main course. And, when made in a rectangular pan and cut into small squares, cabbage ie makes a great appetizer or brunch dish.

3. Polish Salmon Turnover Recipe - Kulebiak

Polish Salmon Turnover
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This Polish salmon turnover or pie is similar to Russian cabbage pie, above. The Poles call their version of pocket meals kulebiak, while Russians call them kulebyaka or kulebjaka.

4. Bosnian Chicken Pot Pie Recipe - Kvrgusa

Bosnian Chicken Pot Pie
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This easy Bosnian savory pie recipe features cubed or sliced white or dark meat chicken enrobed in a pancake-like batter that puffs up like a popover. After a 40-to-50-minute bake, it's topped with sour cream and browned for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Polish Potato Pie Recipe - Baba Kartoflana or Kartoflak

Polish Potato Pie or Baba Kartoflana
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This Polish potato pie recipe is similar to Lithuanian kugelis, and uses grated potatoes, lots of bacon and eggs. This savory dish can be cut into wedges or slices and garnished with a dollop of sour cream, if desired. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, as a side dish, or a main course with a crisp, green salad. As most casseroles do, this one reheats well.

6. Serbian Cheese Pie Recipe #2 - Burek sa Sirom

Serbian Cheese Burek
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Burek is a meat, cheese or vegetable pie made with flaky filo dough. There are myriad versions among Bulgarians, Serbs, Bosnians, Macedonians and Greeks. This one is made in a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan in the Armenian style (boreg) like Greek baklava. The Jack and cottage cheese in this one definitely make it an Americanized version, but delicious nonetheless!

7. Serbian Cheese Pie Recipe #1 - Burek sa Sirom

Serbian Cheese Burek
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Unlike the burek recipe above, this one is made in a round pan, but there are also coiled, rolled and triangle-shaped varieties.

8. Serbian Meat Burek Recipe #1 - Burek Sa Mesom

Meat Burek
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This Serbian meat burek is made with ground chuck. Bureks are eaten as appetizers or the main course when they are usually served with kefir to drink.

9. Serbian Meat Burek Recipe #2 - Burek Sa Mesom

Burek at City Fresh Market in Chicago
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This Serbian recipe for meat burek is made with ground beef and ground pork. Bureks or savory pies exist throughout the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East.

10. Bulgarian Savory Cheese Pie Appetizer - Banitza/Banitsa

Bulgarian Cheese Banitza
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Bulgarian cheese banitza / banitsa appetizers are similar to Serbian burek and Greek cheese pies. They are traditionally served warm as a first course or in a meze (appetizer) spread. They are popular as a vegetarian main course, snack and street food. Banitzi also can be a sweet dessert with apple and pumpkin among the fillings.

11. Serbian Spinach Pie Recipe - Pita Zeljanica

Pita Zeljanica or Serbian Spinach Pie
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This recipe for Serbian spinach pie is similar to a savory strudel or Serbian burek made with flaky filo dough. Zeljanica falls into the category of layered dishes sometimes called gibanica, which are made sweet or savory, or salty, as they are known in Serbia. Zeljanica makes a great appetizer, snack, brunch or side dish, or main course.
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