Kreatopita – meat and leek pie

Kreatopita Kreatopita   meat and leek pieKreatopita – meat pie [or more correctly, Kreatoprasopita – meat and leek pie] is what my Mother made to celebrate the New Year. She would hide a coin in one of the corners of the crust for one of her 4 children. The child that chose the piece with the coin was said to have good luck in the coming New Year.  Kreatopita1 Kreatopita   meat and leek pie
Ingredients: ground beef [or lamb], leeks, eggs, butter and phyllo…Kreatopita3 Kreatopita   meat and leek pie
…salt, pepper, oregano and basil.

Kreatopita2 Kreatopita   meat and leek pie
Sauté the washed and finely cut leeks in butter. Melt butter for phyllo.

Kreatopita4 Kreatopita   meat and leek pieIn a separate pan, brown the ground meat. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Set aside to cool.

Kreatopita5 Kreatopita   meat and leek pieSauté leeks until wilted and golden. Set aside to cool.

While leeks and meat are cooling, place 10 individually buttered phyllo pastry sheets on the bottom of a baking pan. Butter each one of the phyllo sheets with a pastry brush. Be gentle, but know that the phyllo is forgiving. Similar to papier-mâché or wallpaper. Have courage! Work fast. Don’t let it dry out.
Kontos phyllo comes in different thickness:
#4 = thin and pliable – ideal for panned pastries and small hors d’oeuvres
#5 = thin and crispy – for wrapped triangles or baklava
#7 = thicker but flexible – for large entrées or desserts
#10 = thickest – more rustic for country style pies and spanakopita

If you are very brave you can make phyllo from scratch. See Chef Diane Kochilas’ Greek Food TV – Classic Greek Phyllo Dough.

Kreatopita6 Kreatopita   meat and leek pieCombine cooled leeks and ground meat with eggs. Pour meat, leek and egg mixture into the phyllo.

Kreatopita7 Kreatopita   meat and leek pieTop with 10 individually buttered phyllo pastry sheets. Remember to score/cut the phyllo into desired pieces with a sharp knife before baking [because I forgot]. Bake at 350 degree F for 30 minutes.

Kreatopita8 Kreatopita   meat and leek pie

Maybe a bit too flaky and broken apart on top [because I didn’t score it] but still delicious!

Kreatopita - meat and leek pie
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Recipe type: Savory
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 16
 
Kreatopita / Kreatoprasopita Meat & Leek Pie with phyllo dough
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of finely sliced leeks
  • ½ cup of butter of butter melted
  • ¼ butter for sauté
  • 1 lb. ground beef or lamb
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ lb. phyllo pastry sheets - approx 20 sheets per box
  • Dried oregano and basil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté the washed and finely cut leeks in butter until wilted and golden.
  2. Salt and pepper leeks.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a separate pan, brown the ground meat.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and basil.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. Combine leeks and ground meat with eggs.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Place 10 individually buttered pastry sheets on the bottom of a baking pan.
  10. Pour meat, leek and egg mixture into the phyllo.
  11. Top with 10 individually buttered pastry sheets.
  12. Score/cut the phyllo into desired pieces with a sharp knife before baking.
  13. Bake at 350 degree F for 30 minutes.

 

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