Kreatopetes | Greek Meat Triangles
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Kreatopetes are delicious Greek meat triangles. Cheesy meat wrapped in buttery flaky phyllo.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: Makes 20-25
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, diced
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese*
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, optional
  • ½ pound phyllo sheet, thawed
  • ¼ cup butter (4 tablespoons)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Add olive oil and heat a pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add shallot cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  5. Add ground beef and brown
  6. Once brown add cinnamon and mix well.
  7. Cook until ground beef is fully cooked, 10-12 minutes.
  8. Once cooked turn off heat and remove from stove.
  9. Add in cheese and herbs (if using).
  10. Allow the kreatopetes mixture time to cool some why you prepare the phyllo.
  11. Melt butter in microwave safe dish and set aside.
  12. Take 1 phyllo sheet and cut it lengthwise into 3-inch strips.
  13. Brush each phyllo strip with some of the melted butter.
  14. Take a spoonful of the kreatopetes meat mixture and place it on the corner of one end of the phyllo strip.
  15. Now, fold the phyllo over to form a triangle. Continue folding over using the entire strip.
  16. Place the kreatopete on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  17. Continue until all the meat mixture is used, cutting new phyllo sheets into strips as needed.
  18. Once all kreatopetes are done, brush tops with melted butter and bake for 15-20min, or until golden brown.
  19. Enjoy your delicious Greek appetizers...OPA!
*We’ve also had success using a 4 cheese mixture: parmesan, asiago, fontina, and provolone - thus feel free to use your favorite cheese(s).
Recipe by Lemon & Olives at