Saitia - monemvasias

(Small pies filled with greens and cheese)

Pastry 

750 g pastry flour

2 tbsp olive oil

300 g lukewarm water

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp salt

Filling 

500 g goat’s cheese

1 kg spinach

1 lettuce

1 bunch kafkalithres (or other wild greens)

2 shallots

Half a bunch of dill

150 g olive oil

Mix the flour with water, salt, oil and lemon juice, kneading until you have a soft, pliable dough.

Cover with a clean towel and leave for about half an hour.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll out into thin sheets about 70 cm x 70 cm. Cut each sheet cross-wise to make four equal squares.

Mix the greens with the cheese and the olive oil. Place 1/12th of the mixture on each of the 12 squares and fold to enclose the mixture. The dough should be thin enough so that the filling is visible. To avoid breaking up the pies when it comes to frying them, place each square on a plate before adding the filling, then turn the plate over to flip the pie into the pan.

The saitia must be cooked immediately, ideally on a very hot metal plate to make the dough crisp and the filling soft. Otherwise use an oiled non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat, frying the saitia for 4-6 minutes on each side until golden.

 

 Recipe by: Traditional Taverna ‘’ To Patriko’’, Aghios Ioannis