A Colorful pie for a sunny day
Today I couldn’t bring myself to stay in and write on the computer. The thing is that finally after two months today is a proper Greek sunny day. So I grabed my notepad and a pen and came down to the beach.
This winter was one of the coldest. In fact it even snowed after twentyfive years. Well it wasn’t snow-snow it was more like snowflakes falling and trying to cover the ground. But then the sun would show up and they would disappear. This happened repeatedly twice during that day. It was weird and pretty frustrating. So much for waking up early, to see it’s snowing.
Well we’re back to normal weather now. Which doesn’t really help me being productive with my blogging. Anyways what I’ll share with you on this sunny warm day, is a luscious and colorful chicken pie. A Greek chicken pie .
A family favorite
Who doesn’t love to eat chicken in general? And who doesn’t like a chicken pie specifically? In Greece we make it with phyllo pastry, like we do with most pies. It’s filling is very creamy, instead of being runny. Something that I believe suits it the best. What really makes a wonderful pie is for it to be crispy. Having a runny filling, makes any type of pastry become muddy . And when you eat a muddy pastry, it gives you the impression of being uncooked. Which is the worst case scenario when making a pie.
As for the other ingredients, no carrots or peas in this recipe. Besides, they kind of remind me of bland hospital food when I see them cooked together with chicken like that. So instead, I used colorful peppers. You get the sweetness you need, with a stronger flavor that goes perfectly with chicken. Sorry no bacon in this chicken pie. It wouldn’t be Greek. Plus the cream and the pastry contain enough fat for one dish.
As for the pastry, I used homemade phyllo (don’t hate me for choosing the hard way again) It will always be my number one choice for a pie. Because of its taste and crispy texture. And if you learn to make phyllo yourself, I’m sure it will be yours too. Nothing compares to it. And as always you can use ready made phyllo pastry instead. It won’t make a pie ”to die for” but rather one you would ”lie for”. You will find more thorough instructions with pictures, for making homemade phyllo here. Just divide in half the phyllo ingredients. Besides my pen just dried out. Probably trying to tell me to stop writing eventually.