Greek Essentials: Prasopita

One of the first things you notice when you spend time in Greece is that around 11 am you see droves of people walking around eating a plethora of hand held pastries. This phenomenon occurs because a typical Greek breakfast is a coffee accompanied with a cigarette. Some of these pastries are filled with custard, others with feta, some with yellow kesari cheese, and still others with spinach. 

I’m not sure where I got this recipe from originally but it is easily my favourite “pita” or pie. Prasopita is essentially leek pie. This is an atypical pita because I am not using filo or puff pastry. Instead I’m using an ingredient that is used in many greek dishes, semolina flour. You can make this with just leeks, but the addition of feta really pairs well with the robust flavour of the leek. 

What you need:
  • 6-7 leek stalks
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2-2/3 cups semolina flour
  • 1/2 kilo feta cheese (cubed) 
  • Bread crumbs (enough to cover the bottom of your oven proof pie pan)
  • Olive oil

How it’s done:

  • Preheat you oven to 200C 400F
  • Wash and finely chop the leeks
  • In a saute pan, heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom of your pan
  • Fry the leeks over medium heat until they are soft (10 min or so)
  • Remove from heat. Add the dill and stir in the semolina
  • In a sepperate bowl beat the eggs and add half of the feta
  • Add the egg to the leeks and mix thoroughly
  • Grease your oven pan and spread bread crumbs over the bottom
  • Spread your leek filling evenly in your pan
  • Evenly distribute the remaining feta on the top of the pie
  • Cook for 20-30 min until the feta is golden 
  • Remove from the heat and let cool before slicing into pieces 
  • This pie can be served from hot to lukewarm (in fact I think it is best luke warm)

If you can find the semolina give this a try. If you can’t, make the filling without the semolina and use as a stuffing inside puff pastry.
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3 Responses to Greek Essentials: Prasopita

  1. Just what I was looking to make for dinner on this cool autumn day! Thanks, Heath. xo Wish you 4 were here for the evening and for spicy applesauce cake for dessert (with our first apples from the garden).

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