Zagori

Alevropita from Zagori (batter pie)

The typical Epirotic batter pie in its Zagorian variation.
Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-Alevropita from Zagori (batter pie)
Before cooking...

Alevropita is an easy-to-make, delicious pie typical of the traditional Epirote cuisine, where few quality ingredients were enough to make a hearty, enjoyable meal. That’s why anyone who visits the Zagorohoria asks for the authentic thin and crunchy Zagorian alevropita, filled with flavorful butter and savory feta cheese.

Alevropita from Zagori (batter pie)

Ingredients

  • 400 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 glass milk
  • 90 g olive oil
  • 50 g butter
  • 300 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • Water (as needed)
  • Salt (to preference)
  • Pepper (to preference)

Note: Use a shallow baking pan (like the traditional “sini”) to make a thin, crunchy batter pie. If you only have a deep baking pan, then make sure that, when spread, the batter isn’t more than 1 cm in height.

Execution

  1. Set the oven to “upper and lower heat” and preheat it to 250 °C (or the maximum available temperature).
  2. Brush a large, shallow baking pan with 20 g butter and 2 tbsp olive oil. Place the pan in the oven and let it heat up.
  3. In a large bowl, stir the flour, salt and pepper. Add 2 eggs and the milk and mix. Add 200 g crumbled feta and 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix until you have a thick batter.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the remaining egg. On a plate, chop the remaining butter into small chunks.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining crumbled feta and drizzle the top with the remaining olive oil. Spread the butter chunks and pour the beaten egg over the surface.
  6. Place the pan on the lower rack, lower the heat to 200 ºC, and bake for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  7. Let the alevropita cool for a bit and serve.

This famous Zagorian pie, with fans all over the world, is a local delicacy for all times, seasons, and occasions.

After cooking...

Western Zagori is home to one of the most unspoiled Greek natural landscapes. Amidst this everlasting paradise, between steep mountain slopes and villages built of stone, runs the Vikos Canyon, the deepest gorge in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Whether you admire it from one of the many natural observation posts or cross it with a guide, the Vikos Canyon is an imposing monument of natural beauty you’ll never forget.

Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-After cooking...