Recipe for Hortopita – Greek Pita Pie with Greens and Feta

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Spanakopita, Greek spinach pie with feta cheese and filo party on on plate with Greek white wine, olives and walnutsGreek Pita Pie with Greens and Feta (Hortopita) Filling Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finally chopped
  • 20 ounces mixed greens such as spinach, swiss chard, or wild greens such as dandelion, amaranth, and lamb’s quarters
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 12 phyllo pastry sheets
  • Melted butter, for brushing

Directions to Make Greek Pita Pie with Greens and Feta (Hortopita):

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a 9 x 13 baking dish with melted butter.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until onions become translucent. This should take about 5 minutes. Add the mixed greens and saute until the greens wilt, stirring the mixture to prevent the ingredients from sticking. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the eggs, feta, dill, and scallions to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Stir the greens mixture into the egg mixture and toss with a pair of kitchen tongs until the ingredients are well combined.

Add 1 sheet of filo to the bottom of the baking dish and brush with butter. Repeat this step 5 more times with 5 sheets of filo. Spread half of the greens mixture evenly over the filo and top with another sheet of filo. Brush with butter, and then repeat with 1 more sheet of filo. Spread the rest of the greens mixture over the filo. Add another sheet of filo and brush with butter. Repeat 5 more times with the rest of the filo. Brush the remaining piece of filo with butter.

Cut two lengthwise slits into the hortopita with a sharp knife and place the baking dish in the center of the oven. Bake for abut 30 minutes or until the top of the pie is a deep golden color. Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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