Citizens, my sincere apologies for being offline the last week and a half – things have been heating up on the world domination front and my attention was diverted to an urgent propaganda issue. 🙂
Now that I am returned in fully enthroned glory, allow me to share this wonderful recipe from Greece with you!
As noted on underwoodgardens.com:
Hortopita is a savory pie that is stuffed with horta, or edible wild greens such as dandelions, chard, kale, and lamb’s quarters- commonly called spring greens. Horta directly translates as “grass” in Greek, but refers to about 80 different greens growing all over the country.
It’s delicious alone (sautéed with lemon and olive oil) but obviously much more savory when feta and filo pastry sheets are used. Hortopita is a cousin of Spanakopita—layers of crispy filo dough stuffed with cheesy, leafy spinach greens.
Spanakopita or spinach pie is, of course, a classic Greek savory pastry.
The traditional filling comprises chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg, and seasoning. The filling is wrapped or layered in phyllo (filo) pastry with butter or olive oil, either in a large pan from which individual servings are cut, or rolled into individual triangular servings.
While the filo-dough recipe is most common, many recipes from the Greek islands call for a crust made of flour and water to form a crunchier, calzone-like exterior in place of the flaky filo dough. The pastry is golden in color when baked, the color often enhanced by butter and egg yolk. Other white, fresh, preferably salted cheeses may also be mixed with, or substituted for, the feta cheese.
It can be served straight from the oven or at room temperature. There is a “fasting”, or vegan, version of spanakopita, eaten during the Great Lent and other religious fasts, and composed of spinach, onions or green onions, other green herbs like dill, parsley or celery, olive oil and a little wheat flour, but without eggs or dairy products; the mixture is oven-baked until crisp. Non-traditional vegan versions are available that typically use tofu instead of cheese.
In rural Greece, smaller amounts of spinach are used, with the missing amount replaced with leeks, chard and sorrel.
Citizens, my version of this classic wild greens recipe is both savory and delicious – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂
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