Salty Serbian Gibanica Recipe #1

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings

This recipe for salty (savory) Serbian gibanica is a blend of cottage cheese and sour cream between layers of filo dough that is baked until golden brown and crispy. Read this Gibanica Tell-All.


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 pounds large-curd creamed cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 pound thawed filo dough

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix thoroughly. Add sour cream and cheese and combine.

  3. Lightly brush a 13x9-inch pan with melted butter. Place 2 sheets filo dough in a pan and lightly brush with melted butter. Spread about 6 spoons of cheese filling on top. Repeat with 2 sheets filo and 6 spoons cheese mixture, ending with 2 sheets filo. Tuck in ends, if necessary. Brush with remaining butter. Bake 1 hour. Let stand 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm.