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Boyikos are quick cheesy biscuits. You can use any combination of grated cheese or replace it with feta. There’s no need to add salt, as the cheese itself is salty enough.

You can freeze the batter and thaw when ready to use.

Yields 30 small biscuits.

2 3/4 cups self-rising flour
7 tablespoons butter
4 oz. Greek yogurt or sour cream
8 oz. cottage cheese, Israeli white cheese or fresh ricotta
Pinch of nutmeg
1 cup grated kashkaval, pecorino, parmesan or any combination of grated hard cheeses

Optional: 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as chive, thyme and oregano. 1/3 cup sautéed, squeezed and finely chopped spinach. Pitted olives, one in each biscuit, or 1/4” cubes of hard cheese, one in each biscuit.
Optional: sesame seeds for topping

1. Turn oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the self-rising flour, butter, yogurt, cottage cheese and nutmeg in the food processor. Move to a bowl and mix in the grated hard cheese. If you’re using any of the additions to the recipes, add them now.
3. Using two tablespoons drop 1.5” balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. If you’re using olives or cubed cheese push them inside each boyikos. You can sprinkle with sesame seeds now.
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the boyikos are baked through and golden in color. Serve immediately.

Cheese-filled boyikosCredit: Vered Guttman

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