Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kotopita

Kotopita, variously spelled and -- I imagine -- variously pronounced, is a Greek dish sometimes called Greek chicken pie or chicken phyllo pie. Think chicken pot pie but with fine buttered layers of phyllo instead of biscuits or piecrust on top, and that will give you an idea. Tom made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Helen's late father was Greek, and I think she is the one who taught Tom to cook spanakopita, spinach pie, which is one of his specialties when we have guests. He has a couple of Greek cookbooks and they both survived the great book purge when we moved. This was his first attempt of kotopita, and as usual, he did well.


Unlike me, he is not afraid of recipes that have many steps and a lot of ingredients. This one called for fifteen ingredients, which is perhaps not too bad since many were spices. The filling is made with chicken, onions, eggs and fresh dill. Tom thinks he may add a little spinach next time and use more pepper. He also thinks it could use a bit of feta. His cookbook did not call for it, but I see online that some recipes use feta and a bit of Parmesan as well. The dill gives it a nice punch even without the cheeses, though.

5 comments:

John Gray said...

So sorry, but it doesnt look ...well..lovely

Michael Dodd said...

Well, John, you must remember that I am a huge fan of ethnic foods, many of which do not "look ... well... lovely." Indian food always looks a huge mishmash to me, but I love it.

Ur-spo said...

Recipes I avoid a) many ingredients b) some specialty ingredient that the recipe assures me I can locate at my local 'ethnic' store and c) an instruction using words I have to look up.

Lavada said...

That looks FAB!!! Makes me want some Chicken and Dumplins!!! That crust looks soooooo flaky!!!!
Was thinking about chili- but may have to change it now.....Chicken Pot Pie sounds better now after seeing what y'all had!!!!

Mitchell is Moving said...

Unlike John (who we must remember thinks Scotch Eggs look ...well...lovely, I think this looks beautiful. I love this dish and my mouth is watering!