You know that delicious aroma that you get when you are sautéing or frying onions? Doesn’t it smell wonderful? Well this pie tastes like that! Only better.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, pites (pie for Greek) are a great vehicle to get a lot of vegetables in your diet, but it was also a way to make a meal out of nothing. Homemakers like my yiayia would make wonderful pies with just some dough and vegetables or wild greens they had in their garden.
Onions, normally are used as an ingredient to provide flavor, but never the main component. Here the onions play the main role.
Don’t let that worry you. The onions are cooked before so that they become soft and sweet and along with feta which provides additional flavor and substance and the egg which provides some protein and you have a complete meal.
Onions are a rich source of an important antioxidant, quercetin. Studies have shown that quercetin has several health benefits such as prevention ulcers, protect the heart and may even be able to increase bone density. Apart from the onion, you also have antioxidants from the olive oil and a moderate amount of carbs from the phyllo.
Photo by Elena Paravantes