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Recipe for Marathopitarakia – Greek Fennel Pita

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Fennel is a popular vegetable that can be found throughout Greece. In particular, the island of Ikaria is known for the vegetable and it makes its way into the cuisine. This recipe is just one of the ways it can be prepared.

Marathopitarakia Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Greek olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 bunches fennel fronds, stems trimmed and chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound phyllo dough
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the olive oil into a deep skillet and set the heat to medium. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the onions become soft. Stir in the fennel fronds, set the heat to medium-low, and saute for about 3 minutes or until the fennel begins to wilt. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cut pastry sheets in strips about 2×12 inches. Stack them one on top of the other to prevent from drying. Brush each strip with melted butter, put one teaspoon of the filling on one end of a strip and fold over one corner to make a triangle. Continue folding pastry strip from side to side in the shape of a triangle until the entire pastry strip covers the filling. Proceed in this manner with pastry strips and filling until all are used.

Put each pita triangle on a buttered baking sheet and brush each with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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