Vicki Balamaci’s Cheese Corn Bread (Pispilita)

Folklore tells us that variations of this recipe were enjoyed by Balkan shepherds of yesteryear.


3 boxes of corn muffin mix
1 1/4 sticks of melted butter
1 1/4 cup of milk
1 small package of frozen cream cheese (cubed small)
3 eggs
1 16 oz. large curd cottage cheese
1 cup of crumbled feta cheese (optional)


Mix cottage cheese, eggs and cubed cream cheese in large bowl
Grease 9″x13″ baking pan and evenly sprinkle 1/2 box of corn meal
Dribble on some melted butter and then sprinkle some milk
Repeat two more layers as above
Evenly spread filling over 3rd layer and add crumbled feta cheese
Repeat 3 layers as above over filling
Dribble some extra melted butter evenly over top layer


350 for 55 minutes or until golden brown
Cool on rack and cut into squares – best served warm.


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