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Hortopita

Heading to Northern Greece to try a different take on a vegetable pie. Fresh greens surrounded by a crunchy cornmeal crust. Definitely different.

Hortopita

Ingredients

Ingredients (Bottom Crust)

  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Ingredients (Top Crust)

  • 1/3 cup of cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Ingredients (Filling)

  • 4 packed cups of various greens, chopped or shredded
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 lb of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp of dill
  • 2 tbsp of dried parsley or Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp of granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • A drizzling of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°.
  2. Pour a small amount of olive oil in your pan and spread it around with a brush or your hand.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the bottom crust and stir thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pan and spread it around evenly with your fingers.
  5. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling. Mix well.
  6. Spoon the filling into the pan carefully, evening it out all around until the pan is about filled.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the top crust and stir thoroughly.
  8. Pour this mixture all over the pie and let it seep into the greens mixture.
  9. Place the pie into the oven and bake for one hour, or until the top is golden brown.

Quick Notes

The greens you use are up to you. I usually like to use old greens that are losing their crunch. So those romain hearts, spring greens, and baby spinach you use for salads are perfect here.

To save time, I’ll usually chop them up in a food processor. You don’t have to be pretty with this, since you want them in bits that make for a nice filling.

You might be concerned that the top crust ends up more “liquid” than the bottom. This is normal. You want that liquid to seep into the greens and tie everything together. The bottom crust should be more solid.

Variations

Feel free to variate to your heart’s content. Do only spinach, or use other vegetables. Broccoli would work here. Even try some meats if you feel the need to be a carnivore.

You also don’t have to use the cornmeal recipe. Feel free to try #7 phyllo or even make your own pastry crust with wheat or white flour.

Tags: Greek, greens, hortopita, pie, vegetable

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