Appetizers & Side Dishes · Mediterreanean Cuisine

Greek Turnovers with Greens, Dill, Mint, and Feta (Saiti)

…yes, I’m vegetarian and full of flavor.

These Greek turnovers are filled with a variety of dark greens, herbs, and feta. It is reminiscent of spanakopita but has a richer taste due to the herbs and different greens. The flaky crust is pretty amazing too but who can say no to that?

Making these turnovers reminded me of the Chinese version of Jiu cai he zi (chive turnovers). I think you know where I’m going with this because now I’ve got my eyes set on making them and I can finally add a recipe to this post.

Prolong the love – a tip: These turnovers can be frozen (assembled and uncooked). Place the assembled turnovers on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. When frozen, place in heavy duty plastic ziploc bag and enjoy for months to come! To enjoy the turnovers, thaw completely on wax paper, and cook as mentioned in directions.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 6 medium scallions, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 pounds greens, such as Swiss chard, spinach, dandelion greens, arugala stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped oregano
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix the flour with 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Make a well in the center and add the water, 1/4 cup of the olive oil and the vinegar. Mix until the dough comes together; it will be sticky.

2. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth and no longer tacky, using a pastry scraper to free it from the work surface. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the scallions and cook over moderate heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add the greens and cook over high heat, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Stir in the dill, mint and oregano and cook until wilted, 1 minute. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a colander and let cool. When the greens are cool enough to handle, squeeze out any excess liquid.

4. In a large bowl, combine the greens with the feta, cayenne, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the egg. Season the filling with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

5. Lightly flour a large, rimmed baking sheet. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece out to a 9-inch round 1/16 inch thick. Using an 8-inch plate as a template, cut an 8-inch disk from each round. Mound one-fourth of the filling on the lower half of each disk. Fold the dough over to make a half-moon; press the edge of the dough to seal. Using a lightly floured fork, crimp the edges. Transfer the hand pies to the prepared baking sheet.

6. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of the vegetable oil over moderately high heat until shimmering. Add 2 pies at a time and fry, turning once, until deep golden brown, about 6 minutes. Drain the pies on paper towels. Serve hot.

adapted from foodandwine.com

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10 thoughts on “Greek Turnovers with Greens, Dill, Mint, and Feta (Saiti)

  1. Lovely! I usually order spinach and feta pie at Greek restaurants, and this looks like a nice spin on that. Plus I’ve been obsessed with kale lately — maybe I’ll give this a try.

      1. Hi outpostscoop! It is not flaky like puff pasty or even layers of phyllo dough. Since it is so thin, I’d say it is a thin dense layer flakes. The outer layer will flake slightly due to the olive oil in the dough.

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