CourseSnack, Appetizer
Place of originGreece
Region or stateCrete
Main ingredientsFlour, mizithra and honey

Kalitsounia (Greek: καλιτσούνια) are small cheese or herb snacks associated with the Greek island of Crete. They can be described as a treat, with different filling and serving variations. In the Chania region, salty kalitsounia are found, stuffed with the locally made mild whey cheese mizithra, or various herbs from the Cretan land (without cheese)[citation needed] and the sweet kalitsounia, also stuffed with mizithra but with honey poured on top. In the Lasithi region, they are mainly sweet, made with dough and filled with mizithra, cinnamon, and sometimes lemon zest.

To make the filling for cheese kalitsounia, the whey cheese is grated and mixed with eggs (so the filling will hold together) and finely chopped herbs.[1]

This is a unique delicacy served in the entire island. In the Chania prefecture, it can be found throughout popular restaurants as well as in small mountainous villages. Kalitsounia can be either baked or fried depending on whether they are made with dough or filo.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Καλιτσούνια χανιώτικα στον φούρνο!".
  2. ^ Vilma Chantiles (1992). Food of Greece: Cooking, Folkways, and Travel in the Mainland and Islands of Greece. Simon and Schuster. pp. 252. ISBN 9780671750961.