Plastos, Spanakopita from Thessaly and Epirus, Ressi and Kolokythopita (Zucchini Pie)

We have been away for a couple of days after a short visit to our house in Assini.  Please bear with me as I have a few exciting things to share with you.

 

First of all it’s been a while since I updated my other blog as unfortunately things did not turn as we expected but still we are trying very hard to make it suitable for living, in order to spend some time there during the summer, until we relocate.  We have almost finished the ground floor and here is a peak to my new kitchen.

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A few days ago when I posted the picture of a Spanakopita without phyllo on Facebook, I promised that this would be my next post, after being asked for the recipe by some friends.

 

 

However, yesterday when I posted about our trip on my other blog I also posted a recipe called Koukoulopita me Kolokythi, which is like a galette with zucchini.  That recipe has a whole wheat phyllo but I am mentioning it here as well as you can make Plasto me Kolokythi, which would be exactly the same recipe without the phyllo but much easier.

A few days later, I had more zucchini which I made into a Zucchini, Feta and Halloumi Tart.

On another note, an article of mine about “Old Cypriot Wedding Traditions” has recently been published in Cypriot Status Magazine.  I have  posted about this in my Cypriot blog and for those of  you who are interested in Cypriot traditional recipes, I have posted some of the traditions as well as the recipe for Ressi, which is our wedding food.

Plastos, which is a type of pita (pie) from Thessaly, is a much easier version of spanakopita without phyllo but equally delicious.  I add two Greek herbs «myronia» and «kafkalithres» which you many not find.  These are aromatic herbs which you can substitute with fennel fronds or dill, if you prefer.

Plastos, in Greek means «fake» because it is made without phyllo. You can also find it under the name platsarià, platsàra  or patsarià (pr. mblatsarià, mblatsàra  or mbatsarià) in Epirus.  I have posted a similar recipe in the past called Badjina which is again a pita without phyllo but its main ingredient is pumpkin or butternut squash and Greek cheese whereas plasto is with herbs and cheese.

The recipe was made during spring when kafkalithres and myronia were in season but you can still make it without these aromatic herbs.  You can also add leeks, fennel fronds, mint etc.

Plastos Spanakopita without phyllo, recipe by Ivy

 Ingredients:

  • 500 grams spinach
  • 2 large green onions (about 2 cups – including green parts)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped kafkalithres
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped myronia
  • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 400 grams corn meal plus 50 grams
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 300 grams feta plus 150 grams feta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus another 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Wash the spinach and squeeze out the fluid.  Wash, dry and finely cut all the vegetables.
  2. In a bowl whisk the eggs and add milk and 1/3 cup olive and mix.
  3. Crumble 300 grams feta and add to the egg mixture, as well as 400 grams corn meal, baking powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Add all the vegetables and mix well with a spoon.
  4. From the other 1/3 cup oil, use half of it to wet the baking tin and use the remaining 50 grams of corn meal and sprinkle it over the olive oil.
  5. Using a spoon add the mixture, spoon by spoon to cover all the surface of a very large baking tin (35 x 40 cm / 14 x 16 inches).
  6. Crumble remaining feta on top and with a spoon add the remaining olive oil.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F for about 1 hour or until golden on top.
  8. Serve as a snack with Greek coffee or as a side dish.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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  1. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

    Your kitchen looks spagious and light. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

    A delicious pie! Great summer food. Perfect for taking on a picnic.

    Cheer,

    Rosa

  2. Ο/Η ellenbcookery λέει:

    This is the kind of post I’ve been waiting for, Ivy. I have so many zucchinis in my backyard, but I wanted a new recipe. Something that relates to my roots. I have never eaten a zucchini pie. (If my mother made it, I was too young to remember). Thank you!

  3. Ο/Η Angie λέει:

    You have a spacious kitchen! The zucchini pie without filo pastry sounds much healthier and delicious all the same.
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  4. Ο/Η Nadji λέει:

    Une déclinaison de courgettes bien délicieuse. J’aime beaucoup.
    Jolie cuisine.
    A bientôt.
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  5. Ο/Η Elena λέει:

    So tasty and aromatic blend of wild herbs!
    i am not sure that in our region grow such plants, unfortunately.
    Ivy, are you have experience with such plant- Garlic chives?
    May be, I can replace, at least, part of these plants with Garlic chives and something else?

  6. Ο/Η fimère λέει:

    une préparation qui me met en appétit, j’adore
    bonne journée
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  7. Ο/Η Juliana λέει:

    Oh Ivy, your kitchen is sure going to be looking awesome…and the recipe of this spanakopita without dough looks great.
    Thanks for the recipe and look forward to see your kitchen once it is all done.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  8. Ο/Η Norma-Platanos, Mangoes λέει:

    As promised here I am and love your blog…Greek cuisine is one of my favorites and now I have you to teach me some dishes….

  9. Ο/Η kathy867 λέει:

    Looks really delicious kind of food…I really want to try it…Thanks a lot for sharing Its a new kind of recipe for me I will bookmark this..
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  10. Ο/Η Jean λέει:

    The kitchen looks like it is coming along very nicely. Nice layout I have to say.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I normally don’t like zucchini much but made like this preparation, I could try it!

    -Jean

  11. Ο/Η Peter G λέει:

    First off, congratulations for being featured in the Cypriot magazine. And the kitchen and new house are coming along nicely too, Ivy.
    I have to say I like this version of a crustless pita! And a great way to use the ever abundant zucchini in summer.
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  12. Ο/Η Poornima λέει:

    Love the idea of this spanakopita. Zucchini is one of my favorite things!

  13. Ο/Η lisaiscooking λέει:

    Your new kitchen looks great! You must be getting excited to move in to your new house. And, the spanakopita without phyllo looks delicious. I want that for lunch today!
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  14. Ο/Η Simona λέει:

    Wow! That looks like a very nice kitchen. I hope things move forward a bit more smoothly from now on. And I like the idea of a spanakopita without phyllo.
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  15. Ο/Η PG λέει:

    Congratulations on your article in the magazine! The kitchen looks lovely ! looking forward to more on that.
    And the spanakopita looks so good too! I need to make it soon. Thank you for sharing!

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