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Prasopita - Traditional Greek Leek & Cheese Pie Recipe

Delightful Prasopita - Leek Pie

Amaze your family and friends with this crispy delight, καλή όρεξη!

Amaze your family and friends with this crispy delight, καλή όρεξη!

Greek Vegetarian - Prasopita

There are two very classic and traditional Greek dishes, Prasopita (leek pie) and Spanakopita (spinach pie). Both are delicious, but Prasopita is my favorite. Probably because of my grandmother. She used to prepare this pie every Friday. Even now I can feel the smell of this wonderful homemade pie. After so many years I have decided to recall the memories on my grandmother and to make one.

Prasopita is a delicious, Greek pastry, a perfect mixture of leek, feta cheese in a homemade phyllo. Phyllo is a geek dough. At first glance it seems very complicated to make, but in fact it is very simple.

Surprisingly, but true, half of Greek cuisine is vegetarian. The leek is favorite ingredient in Greek cuisine. A great addition to this dish is a Greek salad, and there is an irreplaceable Greek yogurt or if some prefer more, red Greek vine.

Try out this wonderful Greek pie recipe and amaze your family and friends with this crispy delight, καλή όρεξη!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

1 hour

1 hour 45 min

Serves nine people

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup water, lukewarm
  • 5 Tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3/4 Cup lard
  • 5 pcs leeks, finely sliced
  • 1 piece onion
  • 1 Cup cheese, feta
  • 1 Cup cheese, ricotta
  • 5 pcs eggs
  • a pinch fresh-ground pepper
  • a pinch dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. First, let's start to prepare the pastry. Combine 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 1/2 cup of lukewarm water to form a dough and knead well for approx. 15 minutes, until smooth. Divide dough into 13 equal balls. Wrap them in cling film and place in the fridge to rest, while you are preparing the filling.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan, add finely sliced leeks, onion, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté, whilst stirring, until tender (approx. 10 minutes). Remove the pan and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, feta, ricotta, sautéed leeks and onions, dill, salt and pepper to taste. Maybe you don't need to add any salt because the feta is pretty salty. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Remove pastry balls from the fridge. On a floured surface, roll the first into a circle approx. 20Cm diameter. Brush pastry gently with the lard. Roll another one and brush the lard over. Repeat the procedure seven times. Do not brush the lard over the final dough. Set aside. Use the next 6 balls and repeat the same. Roll out the first group (7) on a floured surface into a circle approx. 50cm diameter. Leave in the middle a circle 15 cm in diameter, and from it to the ends radially cut the dough into 8 pieces as shown in the picture. Brush the circle with lard first, fold the first "beam" over it, then brush with the lard. Fold the second over and repeat until reach the last one. Roll out, so it is large enough to fill your baking dish and come up the sides. This will be the bottom of the pie. Repeat the same procedure with another dough (6 balls), this will be the cover of the pie.
  5. Brush the baking dish with lard and lay the pastry gentle in the dish,stretching it, with hands, up the sides and to the edge of the baking dish, over the edge.
  6. Spread the filling evenly and fold the sides of the pastry over the filling.
  7. Roll the second square of pastry over the filling. Pinch the edges to join with the pastry bellow. Brush the top with the lard.
  8. Bake pie in preheated oven at 180C for about 40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Serve hot or cold as a filling snack or as light meal.

While eating Prasopita, enjoy the beautiful Greek traditional music

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Prasopita - Traditional Greek Leek & Cheese Pie

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on May 14, 2014:

C@arolynEmerick Thank you Carolyn for the nice comment. I hope that your boyfriend enjoyed Prasopita. If you want to surprise him with some new recipe just let me know and I'll publish the new one.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on May 14, 2014:

@phdast7 I'm glad you liked the recipe. Prasopita is wonderful and I recommend you try it. My grandmother was Greek and she taught me to prepare Prasopita. Greece is a beautiful country, especially Athens. Glfada is my favorite part of Athens. Thank you for the comment!

Carolyn Emerick on May 11, 2014:

My boyfriend is half Greek, his father was very new to America when he started his family here. But, since his father died young in a motorcycle accident, my boyfriend wasn't able to learn the language and doesn't know as much of his heritage as he would have otherwise. So I just emailed him this recipe to try! He loves to bake pies too :-) Thank you!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on May 09, 2014:

Gret Hub and great recipe. Your instructions were clear and easy to understand and the photographs were great. "Greek" is one of my favorite cuisines. My father was Air Force and we lived in Glyfada not too far from Athens for three years when I was a young girl. We all learned to love Greek food, and one of my favorites was Spanakopita. But your Leek Pie also sounds and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. :)

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 23, 2014:

@travmaj This pie is incredibly delicious but the handmade pie crust gives a better taste. Thank you for the nice comment.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 23, 2014:

@cat on a soapbox Trust me Catherine, it's better than it looks in the picture. Thanks for the comment.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 23, 2014:

@grand old lady Mona, it might seem a bit complicated to prepare, but worth the effort. Thanks!

travmaj from australia on April 19, 2014:

Yum indeed. This looks absolutely delicious and I need to try it. I've had the spinach pie many times but not the leek. I love the taste of leeks. Thank you for this great dish.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on April 18, 2014:

Oh my! This looks so delicious!! I've had spinach, but never the leek pie. Can't wait to try it. Thank you for the easy recipe:)

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on April 18, 2014:

Yum! I'm getting hungry. I had a Lebanese friend who used to make something similar to this. I used to call it Lebanese pancake.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

You are right Raymond, me too! Thanks.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on April 18, 2014:

I wouldn't say no to such a treat. Voted up.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

@Peggy W You will not go wrong if you try any of those pies, both are delicious. Thank you for the comment.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

@FlourishAnyway, I appreciate your opinion, thank you!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

@dearabbysmom Thank you for stopping by and for the nice comment.I hope your son will like Prasopita.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

@tobusiness Thank's for the comment and pinning Alexis.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2014:

I would love to taste both the leek pie and also the spinach pie. Thanks for your recipe and all of the accompanying photos. Well done! Up votes!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2014:

It looks good. You've gone to impressive lengths to details the instructions and provide additional information. Nicely done!

dearabbysmom from Indiana on April 17, 2014:

This looks delicious. I did not realize Greeks embrace vegetarian dishes so. My son spent a semester in Greece while in college and loved the food...I think I'll surprise him with this next time he is home. Thank you for sharing!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 17, 2014:

I've tried the spinach pie years ago in Corfu and loved it. The leek also look scrumptious.

Up and pinning.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 16, 2014:

Thank you Bill for the nice comment!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 16, 2014:

Thank you MsDora. Cooking is my passion and it's my pleasure to share some of my favorite recipes with you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 16, 2014:

Thank you for the recipe and step by step instructions. I also will share it: I'm sure it's delicious as all Greek food are, in my opinion.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 16, 2014:

Sharing this with friends. Thanks for a great taste treat.

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