Leeks pie-Prassopita

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Prasa (leeks — in Greek:  are favorites in all types of Greek cooking, but are special favorites baked with cheese in phyllo (filo, fillo) dough. It’s a nice variation of the classic, spanakotpita. The leek pie recipe makes 6 large pieces, suitable for a main dish or snack, and can be cut into smaller pieces to use as appetizers or a side dish. Like all Greek phyllo pies, this is truly versatile! If you’re new to working with phyllo dough, check the handling tips before beginning.

* If kefalograviera isn’t available, substitute with equal parts of cubed parmesan and cubed gruyere.

What You’ll Need
  • 2 pounds of leek (stems, coarsely chopped, just the light part of the stem)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk (whole)
  • 1/2 pound of kefalograviera cheese (see below, cut in small cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (sea)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (freshly ground black
  • 2 rounded tablespoons of parsley (chopped fresh)
  • 1/3 pound of olive oil margarine (or vegetable margarine)
  • 1 pound of phyllo sheets (thin – 20-24 sheets per pound, defrosted, at room temperature)
How to Make It
Make the Filling
  1. Sauté the leeks over medium heat in half the margarine for 10 minutes. Stir in parsley, salt, and pepper, and remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, stir in cheese, and add the sautéed leeks. Toss to combine well.
Make the Pie
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°)C.
  2. Melt the remaining margarine.
  3. Grease the baking pan. Use half the phyllo sheets on the bottom, laying them across the full surface of the pan, brushing each lightly with melted margarine. Spread filling evenly over the phyllo and cover with the remaining sheets, brushing each one with margarine.
  1. With a sharp knife, score the pie into six large pieces and bake at 350°F (175°)C for 35 minutes or until nicely golden.

Note: Use a baking, roasting, or jelly roll pan slightly smaller than the size of the phyllo sheets.

Party Suggestion: The above quantity can be made in two (2) round 9-inch springform pans for easy eating and attractive party-sized pies.

 

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