Cheesy Cavolo Nero Pie

What you need


2 bags cavolo nero

1 large onion, diced, cooked slowly in 1 tbsp olive oil for 20 minutes

16 sheets pre-rolled filo pastry

500g feta cheese

1 tbsp each of dill, parsley and mint, finely chopped

pine nuts, a small fistful, toasted and cooled

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and left whole

2 eggs, beaten well, plus another for brushing the pastry

1 tsp sesame seeds or black onion seeds, for topping


Season your water with salt. Add your cavolo nero and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain, squeeze, cool and chop relatively fine. Pop in a large mixing bowl. To the chopped cabbage, add the herbs, cheese, pepper, nuts, herbs, cumin and the two beaten eggs. Check for seasoning- it should be about right if your cabbage water was salty enough (the feta is quite salty).

Lay out a sheet of filo. Brush with oil then lay another sheet on top (move quite quickly here). Repeat until you have 4 sheets in an oiled pile. Brush the top half of the top sheet with oil. Along the bottom, lay your cavolo mix in a ‘log’ along the width of the filo sheet. Roll the filo over the mix and into a long, fat cigar. Wind this into a large, oiled skillet. Repeat until you have 3 or 4 snakes in a spiral and the dish is full. It’s a good idea to cover the dish with brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds/onion seed. Bake for 40 minutes at 180°C or until the filo is crisp and brown and the filling hot. Dig in!

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