The root of the Italian fennel, or in other words fennel, is a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. In Greek cuisine, its characteristic slightly aniseed flavor can be found, among others, in sensational kaltsouni and pitta casseroles.
To make this casserole Greeks generally use sfoliata, which is the equivalent of puff pastry. In the frozen version it is available in every major grocery store. To the casserole in the given proportions, one piece of the already thawed dough is enough. However, if you want to increase the amount of ingredients it will be better to stock up (or make) two pieces of this cake.
Depending on the region of Greece, the ingredients for marathopita may slightly differ. Some Greeks add, for example, zucchini or kefalograviera cheese. Some people fry in the pan, others bake it in the oven. In our opinion, each version is tasty, so it's worth experimenting all the more because it's a simple recipe.
1. Put a chopped fennel and a large amount of salt into a large bowl and lightly crush it until it begins to soften.
2. Put hot onions into the hot oil, fry them until glazed and then add the fennel, spinach leaves, chopped mint and pepper. Mix ingredients thoroughly with each other and fry until the spinach leaves are soft.
3. Spread the puff pastry and divide it so that you get two uneven parts. The smaller one will be placed on the top, the more we lecture the bottom and the sides of the heat-resistant vessel or plate. It is important that the bottom part of the dough can be wrapped at the top, so there must be a good supply left on the sides of the dish.
4. If necessary, the dough pieces can be rolled out slightly.
5. We put a larger dish in a heat-resistant dish, lightly lubricate it with olive oil and apply all the previously prepared stuffing. Spread it evenly and put a smaller piece of cake on top. Now wrap the sides of the bottom part of the dough tightly connecting them to the top piece of dough. The top of the dough also lightly lubricates with olive oil and possibly with egg.
6. Bake marathopite in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for about an hour. If you would like to bake it in a pan, then the stuffing cake should be quite flat. We cook them on strong fire in a large amount of olive oil.
Briam is one of the most famous dishes of Greek cuisine. Depending on the region of Greece, this vegetable casserole consisting of zucchini, potatoes and eggplant has many variants. Even on our site there are two recipes for its preparation. Today we will add another one that definitely surprised us. We ate briam prepared this way in Paleochora in one of our favorite family traditional taverns this year.
Omelettes in Greece are prepared with the addition of various types of vegetables. However, we would like to offer you a somewhat original recipe referring to the Greek omelettes, in which the main additions are asparagus, spring onion and feta.
Pilaf with tomatoes is a simple and light dish, which is worth doing especially when there are fresh ripe tomatoes. However, when there is no season or longer, you can reach for tomatoes from the can. If you feel that the taste of this dish is too delicate, you can enrich it and add some optional spices.