Week 24 Recipe- GREEK GREENS AND CHEESE PIE WITH SPROUTED WHOLE WHEAT CRUST

This recipe is inspired by the leafy green filled pies of the Cyclades, in Greece. Dark, leafy green vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods around, and when paired with rich Greek cheese like Feta or Manouri, along with a nutty whole wheat crust, their taste cant be rivaled!

ACTIVE TIME:30 minutes TOTAL TIME:1 hour, 30 minutes

YIELD:16 servings (as an appetizer or side)

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

4 cups sprouted whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

teaspoon salt

cup olive oil

2 cups water

 

Filling:

1 small red onion, finely chopped

3 scallions, thinly sliced

6 cups firmly packed, chopped leafy greens (such as kale or spinach)

2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

10 oz Feta cheese, crumbled (Can substitute in Manouri cheese)

1 cups plain Greek yogurt

cup whole wheat bread crumbs

teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs, lightly beaten

cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons milk

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set oven to 400F. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the oil and rub the mixture between your hands until it reaches a bread-crumb like consistency. Add the water and mix until well combined, then cover dough with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.

Put the onion, scallions, greens, and dill in a large colander and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Knead with wet hands to wilt the greens, then rinse lightly with warm water and drain well.

In a large bowl, combine the green mixture with the cheese, yogurt, bread crumbs, and pepper. Then stir in the eggs.

Oil a 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the sesame seeds. Take ⅔ of the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle, then place the rectangle into the baking dish, letting the dough drape over the edges a bit.

Fill dough-lined pan with greens mixture. Roll out the remaing ⅓ of dough into a large rectangle, and place over greens mixture, pinching the edges together to seal the top and bottom crusts.

Use a fork to poke steam holes on the top of the pie. Brush the top of the pie crust with milk and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. Bake for 1 hour, then let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into 16 pieces. (Serves 16 as an appetizer or side.)