Zucchini in Greek cuisine is ubiquitous. Kolokithopita is a little known Greek way to use this popular vegetable in Poland. Kolokithopita in taste is very subtle and delicate, so combining it with, for example, tzatziki sauce will cause that the garlic contained in the sauce will dominate its taste.
1. The preparation of this dish begins with a clash of unpeeled zucchini without a seed plug on a grater with large mesh. The zucchini should be salted and after 10 minutes, carefully squeezed out of the water.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the finely chopped spring onions, fry for about 5 minutes until tender, then pour the rice. Stir and fry for 1 minute so that the rice is covered with oil, then pour in a pan vegetable decoction. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes, so that the rice will absorb the decoction. As the rice will be slightly harder, put together a pan of fire, add zucchini and leave it to cool after mixing.
2. To the cooled zucchini with rice, add the rest of the ingredients: parsley, mint, mixed eggs and crushed feta. Season the whole with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
3. Now it's time to prepare a deep form in which we will bake kolokithopita. The inside of the dish must be covered with a thin layer of melted butter. Then apply one piece of filo to the bottom and sides of the dish and then coat it with a small amount of melted butter. A thick silicone brush will be useful for this. In this way, we put in 1-2 more filo sheets, each glued with melted butter.
4. On a dough prepared in this way, we spread the mass with zucchini equally and the protruding edges of the filo pastry wrap into the inside of the mold. The whole is covered with the remaining filo sheets. Remember to lubricate each of them with melted butter. The top layers of the dough can be cut with a knife into smaller squares. This will facilitate the subsequent cutting of the casserole. However, if you do not do it, it will not be bad either.
5. Bake Kolokithopita in an oven preheated to 190 ° C for about 35 minutes, until the dough is browned. We give it hot.
Ladenia is a traditional olive cake popular on the island of Kimolos and neighboring Milos, although we happened to eat it in Crete. It looks like an Italian pizza, but ladenia is a bread cake with oil, onions and tomatoes. There is no cheese, and the cake should not be thin.
The popular vegetable in Crete is okra, which can often be found in local greengrocers. This very healthy and low-calorie vegetable is unfortunately virtually unheard of in Poland. If you would like to try it, it's worth doing it while in Crete. Just look for one of the local taverns, which serves dishes prepared on the basis of okra. Of course, you can also prepare it yourself, for example based on the following recipe.
Recently, we managed to buy an okra, which in Crete is a very popular and cheap vegetable. In Poland, in a fresh form, we met her for the first time and unfortunately her price was much higher than the one we pay in Greece. Ok, this time we cooked in the oven with a large amount of olive oil and tomato sauce. We put a recipe in case someone from you also bought an okra and did not know what to do with it ;-)