Greek Meat Pie (Kreatopita)

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Pastry
  • 9
    ounces yogurt, Greek strained
  • 1
  • 4
    ounces margarine, at room temperature
  • 2
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    egg yolk, beaten to mix with the milk
  • 1
    tablespoon skim milk, for the finish with the egg
  • 1
    cup flour, may need more to make a pliable but non-sticky dough
  • For the filling
  • 1 14
    lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1
    onion, sliced
  • 9
    ounces regato cheese
  • 4
    tablespoons skim milk, heated, to make bechamel sauce
  • 14
    teaspoon flour, to make bechamel sauce
  • 14
    teaspoon margarine, to make bechamel sauce
  • 14
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1
    tablespoon biscotti, crumbled can use other dry baked bread
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DIRECTIONS

  • Filling: Place sliced onion in a colander. Pour salted boiled water over them, rinse and drain well.
  • Add onions to a coated pan and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add beef, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and boil until just the mixture is left.
  • Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and cool.
  • Prepare béchamel Sauce by melting butter in small pan whisk in flour and add hot milk. Whisk.
  • Add 3 eggs, cheese, bread and béchamel sauce to the filling and set aside.
  • Pastry: Combine the pastry ingredients, except for the egg yolk/milk, in a mixing bowl.
  • Knead it into a pliable, non-sticky dough.
  • Separate the dough into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other.
  • Take the larger ball and roll out enough to more than cover your oven dish. Place it in a buttered pie pan, covering the bottom, and sides, going slightly over the edge at the top.
  • Now place the filling on top of the crust and level it.
  • Roll out the second dough ball and cover the filling.
  • Butter the edge of the bottom crust and fold it over inwards to cover the edge of the top crust and make a border by pressing the edges with your fingertips.
  • Mix the milk and egg yolk and brush the surface with the mixture.
  • Poke a hole in the middle to allow the steam to escape and stick the rest of the pastry with a fork.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 325F degrees for about 45 minutes, until it is golden brown.
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