The Cuisine of Greek Jews

The JCC Krakow culinary workshops are always a big hit among our members! Each month we take them on a culinary journey to a different part of the world, where Jewish cuisine mixed with the local cuisine to create a unique blend. Embark on that journey with us and learn about the food of the Greek Jews - see how to prepare a spanakopita, a rich pie filled with spinach and feta cheese and traditional baked eggplant rolls served in a flavorful tomato sauce.

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of spinach leaves

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of feta cheese
  • 6 sheets of filo pastry
  • 4 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Melted butter
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation:

  1. Blanch the spinach in boiling water for one minute.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the garlic.
  3. Add the spinach, crumbled feta cheese and eggs onto the skillet. Cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach is soft and the eggs are cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Brush the baking dish with olive oil. Lay four sheets of filo pastry inside and brush the pastry with melted butter.
  5. Put the spinach mixture onto the filo pastry and cover with two more sheets of pastry.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and bake the spanakopita for around 40 minutes.
     

Stuffed Eggplant Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cups of feta cheese
  • 2 cans of sweet tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation:

  1. Slice the eggplant into thin lengthwise slices.
  2. Place the eggplant slices on a paper towel and season with salt to get rid of the bitter juices.
  3. Cut the feta cheese into medium dice.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until translucent and then add the tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and chopped basil leaves. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.
  5. Place the feta on the eggplant slices, and wrap the slices around the filling.
  6. Place the rolls in a baking dish and spoon a generous amount of the tomato sauce on each roll.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and bake for about 20 minutes.

 

That's all for this edition, but be sure to stay tuned for more delicious recipes straight from JCC Krakow's kitchen!