Greek Meat Pie (Kreatopita)

"I love the flavor of Greek food. I cannot wait to try this one."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins
Ingredients:
17
Serves:
6-8
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ingredients

  • Pastry

  • 9 ounces yogurt, Greek strained
  • 1 egg
  • 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
  • 3 eggs
  • 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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