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Kreatopita Therini (Summery Meat Pie)

Cuisine: Greek
Type: Meat
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 10 people

Recipe Ingredients

4   Scallions - chopped
3 tablespoons 45mlButter or oil
1 lb 454g / 16ozVeal - beef or lamb (ground)
4   Zucchini - scrubbed, cubed (small)
1   Eggplant - cubed (small)
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozCanned tomatoes - drained
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozChopped fresh parsley
  Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlGround coriander or allspice
1 teaspoon 5mlDried oregano
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozGrated cheese - (mizithra!!!)
  Bread crumbs - if necessary
10   Commercial filo sheets
6 tablespoons 90mlButter - melted

Recipe Instructions

Saute the scallions in the 3 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan and add the meat. Simmer a few minutes, then toss in the zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes, adding the coriander and oregano during the last 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. (The mixture should be thick; if any liquid remains, dust lightly with bread crumbs to absorb.) Line a 9 x 12 x 3-inch baking pan with 6 filo sheets, buttering each.

Spread the filling over the filo evenly, then top with the remaining filo sheets, buttering each as before. Score the top few filo sheets into squares or diamonds. Bake in a medium oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden in color and the dough is crisp.

Remove from the oven, and let stand for 10 minutes, then cut and serve warm.

Jeff Smith


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