Recipe: Anastasia’s Spiral Pita

As a devotion for the Feast of Hekate today (13th of August) which honours her storm aspect,  I personally like to leave offerings at crossroads to appease her.  This is one of my mother’s recipes which I feel is very apt as an offering for Hekate:

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Anastasia’s Spiral Pita

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of medium or short grain rice
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 6-8 spring onions chopped
  • 400g frozen spinach, thawed, drained, chopped and squeezed dry
  • 150g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 125g cottage or ricotta cheese (I like to use a hard Greek cheese grated like Kasseri or Kefalotyri or alternatively I just use more feta)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 generous pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 packet filo pastry

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Place olive oil in a fry pan and heat. Add rice and onion and slowly cook until transparent and tender.
  3. In a bowl place spring onions, spinach, feta, cottage cheese (other cheese preferred), egg, dill and nutmeg. Mix through with clean fingertips ensuring mixture is thoroughly blended.
  4. Place unrolled filo pastry sheet on a floured flat surface and cut into strips approximately 12cm wide.
  5. Evenly spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the middle of the filo pastry strip.
  6. Fold the vertical ends of the filo strip over so they touch ensuring the mixture stays within and pinch the filo together forming a tube around the mixture. Pinch the ends as well so the mixture doesn’t seep out.
  7. Take one end of the filled strip and roll it towards itself until it forms a spiral. You have now created a spiral pita.
  8. Repeat with remaining filo until you have used all of the filling.
  9. Arrange spirals on a large baking tray at least 5cm apart and brush with a little olive oil.
  10. Bake 15 -20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

Note: I have family members who instead of adding 125g of other style cheese they add 125g of mushed pumpkin or zucchini.

Recipe and Image (C) T. Georgitsis

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2 comments on “Recipe: Anastasia’s Spiral Pita

    • I personally wouldnt mess with the recipe due to it working for so many decades the way it is…IMHO it doesnt need it and it will sweeten the flavor and its meant to be savory…but YMMV

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