Winter 2023

Olia Hercules’ Leeks, Dark Greens and Feta Pie

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Serving: 6-8 people


A knob of butter

1 tbsp oil

2 leeks

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

200g kale, chopped

200g spinach, chopped

1 tsp Maldon Salt

4 spring onions, finely chopped

200g feta, finely crumbled

Black pepper to taste

Filo pastry

Melted butter


The only thing that survived this winter’s frost in Olia’s garden was kale, so she is using it in anything and everything! Use any dark greens that you have – spinach, cabbage, spring greens, wild garlic or nettles if you go foraging. Leeks give this pie a nice body and sweetness.

  1. Clean the leeks well and slice lengthways in half, then slice thinly across. I only trim the dry edge of the green part of the leek, but use up the rest of the green part. Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan or pot and add the leeks, cook over a medium-low heat until they soften, then add the garlic followed by the spinach and the kale and a generous pinch of Maldon Salt. At this point I cover the pan with a lid, this will help steam the greens. You want everything to yield and become nice and soft. Add the spring onions at the very end and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Let the filling cool down a little, then stir in the feta and plenty of black pepper. Butter a pie dish or a small deep tray and put the filling in.
  3. Brush the melted butter over each filo sheet and crumple it on top of the filling.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C fan. Cook for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and the filling piping hot.
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