Eastern European Savory Pie Recipes

Eastern European pies can be sweet or savory and they can be made with flaky pastry dough, yeast doughs and filo dough. Here great Eastern European savory pie recipes to try.

  • 01 of 07
    Russian Cabbage Pie or Kulebjaka
    Barbara Rolek

    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.

  • 02 of 07
    Polish Potato Pie or Baba Kartoflana
    Barbara Rolek

    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.

  • 03 of 07
    Serbian Cheese Burek
    Barbara Rolek

    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!

  • 04 of 07
    Serbian Cheese Burek
    Barbara Rolek

    Unlike the burek recipe above, this recipe is made in a round pan, but there are also coiled, rolled and triangle-shaped varieties. Feta and cream cheese are used in this pie.

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  • 05 of 07
    Beef Burek
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    This Serbian recipe for meat burek or burek sa mesom is made with flaky filo dough and ground beef or a combination of beef, pork, and lamb and formed in a 13x9inch pan. 

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    Bulgarian Cheese Banitza
    Bulgarian Cheese Banitza. Barbara Rolek

    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.

  • 07 of 07
    Serbian Spinach Pie Recipe - Pita Zeljanica
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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 is 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.