Hortopita Rollo

Coiled Spinach, Leek and Fennel Pie

THIS PIE is also called skopelitiki—from Skopelos, the island in the northern Aegean where it originated. Its thick and tasty crust is very easy to make, but if you don’t have the time, you can use strudel leaves. Thick commercial phyllo pastry (#7) will do too, but not the very thin, brittle kind. You can also make about 10 small individual hortopites using spring-roll wrappers (see Savory Pumpkin and Fennel Pies).

Ingredients

Crust

  • 4–4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine or beer

Filling

  • 2 pounds mixed greens (such as spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, arugula and/or mesclun)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 leeks (white parts plus 3 inches of the green parts), thinly sliced
  • 6 scallions (white and most of the green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fennel fronds plus tender stalks, or fresh dill
  • 1 cup Zante currants
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt (optional)

Method

Make the Crust

In a large bowl, mix 4 cups flour with the baking powder. Add the oil and wine or beer and mix briefly with a food processor until a soft dough forms. If necessary, add a bit more flour. Shape the dough into a ball and let rest in the food processor for 15 minutes.

Make the Filling

Rinse the greens, drain briefly and place in a large pot while still wet. Cook over high heat, stirring, until wilted. Let cool.

Squeeze the excess liquid from the wilted greens with your hands, then coarsely chop them.

In a large skillet, heat ¼ cup of the oil and sauté the leeks over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Add the scallions and sauté for 3 minutes more. Add the wilted greens, the parsley and 3 tablespoons of the oil and sauté for 4 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat and add the cheese, fennel or dill, currants and pepper to taste. Taste and add salt if necessary—feta is usually quite salty. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pour the remaining oil into a small bowl and use some of it to oil a 12-inch pie pan.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Cover 3 of the pieces with plastic wrap. On a floured surface, roll 1 piece into a 15-x-10-inch rectangle. Brush both sides of the phyllo sheet with oil and place one-quarter of the filling on it, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Roll it up from a long side like a cigar and then coil it into a spiral shape and place seam side down in the center of the pan. Continue with the remaining phyllo and filling, coiling the rolled pieces, starting the next one where the last one leaves off. Brush the dough generously with oil and prick with a fork in several places.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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