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Recipe for Pitarakia – Greek Herb Pies

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In Greece, savory pies made with filo dough are fairly common, and the filling can vary. In this version, mixed herbs are sauteed with onion and then mixed with feta cheese.

Pitarakia Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Greek olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cups mixed, chopped herbs, such as parsley, fennel fronds, dill, mint, etc
  • 1 pound of feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound phyllo dough
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Instructions:

Pour the olive oil into a deep skillet and set the heat to medium. Add onions and saute them until soft, which should take  about 5 minutes. Add the herbs and set the heat to medium-low. Saute them with the onions for about 3 minutes or until the herbs begin to wilt. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the feta cheese, 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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