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Kreatopita – Meat Pie

Kreatopita Meat Pie

 

Kreatopita is a Greek meat pie that can be eaten as a main course with a salad or as a snack or taken at a potluck.  It tastes great when it’s cold and leftovers are perfect to take with you at work or at a picnic.

To make the homemade phyllo see video here or here (using a pasta machine).  This will help you to roll the phyllo for this recipe.   If you want to make something with less fuss you may use store bought puff pastry.

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Kreatopita (Meat pie)

Preparation time:  30 minutes for filling + 1 hour for homemade dough

Baking time:  1 hour

Serves:  8 – 10

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium size leeks chopped in slices
  • 3 spring onions
  • ½ kilo ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup graviera cheese


Directions

  1. Prepare the homemade pastry phyllo as per instructions.
  2. Wash leeks and cut them into 1 cm slices and boil them until tender, then strain them.  (If leeks are tender, skip the boiling process).
  3. In a skillet heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, add leeks and then add the ground meat and sauté.  Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.   Set aside to cool and mix in the dill.
  4. Roll out the bigger phyllo and place in an oiled 28 cm baking tin.   Add the meat mixture and sprinkle with the graviera cheese. Put the second phyllo on top.
  5. Take both phyllos which join them by pressing and giving them a nice shape. Score a circle in the middle with a sharp knife (superficially) and then score into 8 pieces and brush with olive oil.
  6. Preheat oven  to 180ο C / 350ο F and bake for about one hour until golden on top.

kreatopita - meat pie

Meat Pie with Puff Pastry

Sometimes, when I don’t have much time, I use store bought puff pastry and make it with the same filling.   If you like you can sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Update:  24th December, 2012

I made the same pie with a slightly different filling, adding bulgur wheat in the filling as well as aromatic herbs.  I used coca cola to make the phyllo as it happened that I forgot to buy some soda and it came out great!

 Kreatopita Meat Pie cut

Kreatopita (Meat Pie) with Bulgur


Preparation time:
  30 minutes for filling + 1 hour for homemade dough

Baking time:  1 hour

Serves:  8 – 10

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300 ml Zero Coca Cola
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mandarin juice
  • 150 grams butter, melted in microwave

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Filling:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2  big leeks, white part only,  chopped  in thin slices
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove roasted garlic
  • ½ kilo ground beef
  • ½ cup white dry wine
  • ½ cup bulgur
  • 1/2 cup dill, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup aromatic herbs (parsley, kafkalithres, Myronia) optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup graviera cheese*


Directions:

  1. Attach the dough hook to your mixer. In the mixer bowl put the flour, salt, vinegar and olive oil and start mixing. Add the coke gradually until dough is ready. We know that the dough is ready when we see that it does not stick on the bowl. Stop the mixer and if the dough does not stick on your fingers it is ready. If it does, add some more flour. Cover the dough with cling film and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. To roll out the dough, flour your working surface and divide the dough in 10 pieces.
  3. Using the pasta machine roll out the phyllo starting from number 1 to number 5 to make a thin phyllo. Cut each rolled phyllo in the middle and join.
  4. Brush a 26 cm round tin with butter and place the phyllo.  Brush the phyllo with melted butter. Continue with the other three pieces, adding butter between each phyllo.
  5. Add the filling and continue adding the remaining phyllos and butter.
  6. Alternatively, you can prepare the homemade puff pastry phyllo as per instructions.
  7. In a skillet heat the olive oil and sauté the leeks, add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent.  Add the ground meat salt and pepper and sauté until minced meat turns white.  Remove from the heat and when it cools, add the dill and other aromatic herbs and graviera and mix.
  8. Flour your working surface and divide the dough into 10 pieces. Roll out the first dough on a pasta machine until thin.  Cut it in the middle, join the two pieces and place in a buttered 28 cm baking tin.   Brush the phyllo with butter and continue with remaining four phyllos.  Add the meat mixture and continue adding phyllos and butter on top.  Cut excess dough hanging from the baking tin and join all phyllos by pressing the edges and giving them a nice twist.  Using a sharp knife, score a circle in the centre (use a small plate) and then score into 8 pieces.  Roll out leftover dough and cut shapes, with a cookie cutter and decorate the pie.  Brush the top with olive oil.
  9. Preheat oven to 180ο C / 350ο F and bake for about one hour until golden on top.

Note:  If you do not have graviera you can use other hard cheese, such as halloumi or kefalotyri but be cautious to add less salt as these cheeses are salty.

Whichever you choose to make, they all taste great.

Kreatopita Meat Pie

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