“Kolokithoboureko” or Boureki from Chania. The word boureki comes from the Turkish börek which can be translated internationally as “filled pastry”. Small variations of this word are used by most Balkan countries to describe their respective pies. So our “kolokithoboureko” is a delicious zucchini pie, which is primarily found in Chania. It’s prepared in many different ways throughout Crete, but always with the use of potato, zucchini and cheeses and here we will see one of the most widespread ways.
for the filling:
1 kg of potatoes
1 kg of zucchinis
1 bunch spearmint
for the pastry:
1/2 kg flour
1 cup water
1 shot of raki*
1 cup olive oil
| Slice the zucchinis and the potatoes in round pieces.
Knead a soft dough and let it rest.
Divide the dough in a larger -for the inside of the pan- and in a smaller part to cover the filling.
Roll the larger piece of dough into a medium thickness sheet.
Spread it to the bottom and walls of a pan that you have oiled before.
Spread a layer of zucchini, grate anthotiro, sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper.
Spread a layer of potatoes and do as above.
Spread some xinomyzithra and spearmint.
Repeat all the layers with all of our ingredients.
Roll a sheet with the smaller piece of dough and spread it on top of the filling.
Carefully cut the dough leftovers on the sides and press the ends together.
Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Cut into portions with a sharp knife. (Must do!)
Preheat an oven to 180 ° C and bake for about half an hour until it gets a golden brown color.