Recipe for Cretan Greek Pork Pie

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The cuisine on the Greek island of Crete has been influenced by several different cultures, and this dish is one of those. It’s ultra traditional and filled with distinct flavors. It is typically served as a main course.

Cretan Greek Pork Pie (Tzulamas) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chicken livers, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup sweet red wine, such as Mavrodaphne
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 sheets thawed puff pastry

How to Make Cretan Pork Pie:

Drizzle the olive oil into a skillet and set the heat to medium. Add the chicken livers and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the pork and cook while breaking the pork apart into very small pieces. Cook both ingredients together for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the wine, raisins, and red pepper flakes. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release some of the brown bits (this is the source of a lot of flavor). Stir in the rice, broth, almonds, pistachios, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

Cover the mixture and simmer it on low until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft. Remove the mixture from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a 9-inch round baking dish with one sheet of the puff pastry. Spoon 1/2 of the filling over the puff pastry and top with the second sheet of puff pastry. Spoon the rest of the mixture over that sheet and then top with the last piece of pastry.

Note that you may need to trim the pastry sheets to fit inside the pan.

Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake until the top is golden brown. Serve hot.

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