Prasopita (PRÁSOPÍTA) (leek & feta pie) is a traditional and mouthwatering vegetarian recipe that is not as well known as Greek spanakopita (spinach pie). Still, it tastes just as good- if not better!
Surprisingly, but true, half of the Greek cuisine is vegetarian. The leek is a favourite ingredient in Greek cuisine.
Today we share a classic recipe- the traditional technique of rolling out the pastry and making the phyllo from scratch.
For those who don’t feel confident enough yet in trying to make your pastry- you can use a commercial filo- a 375-gram pack is ideal- but make sure the phyllo is completely thawed before using.
- 400 x grams of all-purpose flour (plus extra to roll out)
- 1 x tablespoon of vinegar
- 2 x tablespoons olive oil
- 120 ml x warm water
- 1/2 x teaspoon of salt
- 4 x leeks
-1 x bunch parsley
- 4 x eggs
- 400 x grams feta
- 1/2 x cup of semolina
- 1 x cup of olive oil (extra for drizzling)
- salt & pepper to taste
For the pastry (Part 1):
- In a large bowl mix the flour with the salt, vinegar and olive oil and place warm water in the middle of the mixture.
- Knead the dough well and then divide it into 6 equal parts.
- Leave for 1/2 hour covered in cling wrap to rest.
- In the meantime, you can prepare the filling.
Preparing the filling:
- Clean the leek and parsley and cut into 1/2 cm pieces.
- Place in a deep large bowl and add salt, pepper, eggs, semolina, and olive oil and grate the feta cheese on top.
- Mix the filling thoroughly and set it aside.
For the pastry (Part 2):
- Lightly sprinkle flour on the surface you will be using to roll out the dough (so the pastry won’t stick).
- Flatten the balls out one by one and begin rolling them out slowly using a large rolling pin, they should end up being about 60cm in diameter.
- Make sure you continue lightly sprinkling flour between each phyllo you roll out, so they do not stick together.
Placing it all together →
- Lightly drizzle olive oil in your baking dish and place one of the phyllo pastries in the dish.
- Lightly drizzle more olive oil and place the second sheet of phyllo.
- Spread one-third of the filling you have prepared evenly over the surface.
- Add another layer of phyllo pastry and spread 1/2 of the remaining mixture.
- Place another layer of phyllo and the remaining mixture.
- Add the final 2 layers of pastry and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
- Fold the edges in.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into diamonds or squares, three-quarters of the way through to the bottom of the dish.
- Place in a preheated moderate oven and bake for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees.
*Recipe and image by flavours and flair (Copyright)