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Prasopita - Traditional Greek Leek & Cheese Pie Recipe
Delightful Prasopita - Leek Pie
Greek Vegetarian - Prasopita
There are two very classic and traditional Greek dishes, Prasopita (leek pie) and Spanakopita (spinach pie). Both are delicious, but Prasopita is my favorite. Probably because of my grandmother. She used to prepare this pie every Friday. Even now I can feel the smell of this wonderful homemade pie. After so many years I have decided to recall the memories on my grandmother and to make one.
Prasopita is a delicious, Greek pastry, a perfect mixture of leek, feta cheese in a homemade phyllo. Phyllo is a geek dough. At first glance it seems very complicated to make, but in fact it is very simple.
Surprisingly, but true, half of Greek cuisine is vegetarian. The leek is favorite ingredient in Greek cuisine. A great addition to this dish is a Greek salad, and there is an irreplaceable Greek yogurt or if some prefer more, red Greek vine.
Try out this wonderful Greek pie recipe and amaze your family and friends with this crispy delight, καλή όρεξη!
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 Cup water, lukewarm
- 5 Tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
- 3/4 Cup lard
- 5 pcs leeks, finely sliced
- 1 piece onion
- 1 Cup cheese, feta
- 1 Cup cheese, ricotta
- 5 pcs eggs
- a pinch fresh-ground pepper
- a pinch dill, finely chopped
- First, let's start to prepare the pastry. Combine 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 1/2 cup of lukewarm water to form a dough and knead well for approx. 15 minutes, until smooth. Divide dough into 13 equal balls. Wrap them in cling film and place in the fridge to rest, while you are preparing the filling.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan, add finely sliced leeks, onion, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté, whilst stirring, until tender (approx. 10 minutes). Remove the pan and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, feta, ricotta, sautéed leeks and onions, dill, salt and pepper to taste. Maybe you don't need to add any salt because the feta is pretty salty. Mix well and set aside.
- Remove pastry balls from the fridge. On a floured surface, roll the first into a circle approx. 20Cm diameter. Brush pastry gently with the lard. Roll another one and brush the lard over. Repeat the procedure seven times. Do not brush the lard over the final dough. Set aside. Use the next 6 balls and repeat the same. Roll out the first group (7) on a floured surface into a circle approx. 50cm diameter. Leave in the middle a circle 15 cm in diameter, and from it to the ends radially cut the dough into 8 pieces as shown in the picture. Brush the circle with lard first, fold the first "beam" over it, then brush with the lard. Fold the second over and repeat until reach the last one. Roll out, so it is large enough to fill your baking dish and come up the sides. This will be the bottom of the pie. Repeat the same procedure with another dough (6 balls), this will be the cover of the pie.
- Brush the baking dish with lard and lay the pastry gentle in the dish,stretching it, with hands, up the sides and to the edge of the baking dish, over the edge.
- Spread the filling evenly and fold the sides of the pastry over the filling.
- Roll the second square of pastry over the filling. Pinch the edges to join with the pastry bellow. Brush the top with the lard.
- Bake pie in preheated oven at 180C for about 40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
- Serve hot or cold as a filling snack or as light meal.
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There are a lot variations of Greek Pie. It can be also Spanakopita (with spinach), Kotopulopita (with chicken), Horiatikipita (with feta). One thing they have in common, they are all so delicious.
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Nutrition Facts - Prasopita
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||63|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 7 g||11%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 36 g||12%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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