This is a favorite snack for young and old alike. ‘Peinirli’ is boat-shaped dough traditionally filled with cheese as its Turkish name suggests. We find it in various versions, with sausages, minced meat or vegetables. It came to Greece from the refugees of Asia Minor, so the areas with the highest refugee influx were established as places where we meet the best places to eat this food, like Thessaloniki.
I remember Grandma making them for her grateful grandchildren. Ten of us would spend the summers in her house. As a greedy little girl, I used to sit in front of the oven until they were cooked, watching the cheese melt and overflowing as my mouth was watering and the shape of the boat made me so impressed. "Take them out grandma!" "Can't you wait? Have patience!” I still haven't learned to have patience and I still wait in front of the oven and the bad thing is that my sons do the same. I wonder where they got that from.
1 small packet of dry yeast (8g)
150ml lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
150ml lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon salt
500-600g of flour
2 tablespoons of good quality butter
1 clove of garlic
300g Grated Gouda cheese, gruyere or any other of our choice
In a bowl add the water (lukewarm, if the yeast gets warmer, it will not swell) with the yeast and sugar, stir to dissolve the yeast in a gentle motion, it is important not to move the bowl, cover with foil and let it rise for about a quarter of an hour.
In a bowl put 500g flour (sifted), make a hole and add olive oil and salt. Pour the yeast and milk in slowly, knead and if necessary add some more flour until you have smooth dough that does not stick.
Cover with a towel and let it rise for about an hour.
Flour the work surface and roll out the dough into a large sheet. Cut into the size you want your pizza boats to have. Here I made them bigger than individual size and split the mix into 12.
In a bowl, add the butter, crush the garlic and mix well. (Let me tell you that I like garlic butter and use it very often, and so I always have a ready-made bowl in the fridge. You can add a spoonful of garlic butter to different foods, such as boiled potatoes or on toasted bread.)
Take a sheet of dough, open it a little and spread a little of the garlic butter in the middle. Slice the cherry tomatoes and add the cheeses. (In the specific photos, I made the pizza boats in the evening for the kids to take to school. I didn’t have grated cheese so I used cheese slices.) Of course, you can add whatever else you want. With a cook’s brush, put a little water around the sheet, turn from one side and fold onto and the other and glue underneath, repeat the same on the other side of the sheet and thus give the classic boat shape. Transfer to a baking tray.
Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes.