Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bacon, Leek and Feta Pie with Cornbread Crust

This pie is inspired by a lost Greek recipe for a pie called Plasto filled with leeks and feta encrusted with corn meal. I've been dreaming of baconizing this for some time and it finally happened. I can't believe I waited this long. And now I have to wait until Lent is over to eat some. 

Ingredients (makes two pies or one large one):

3 eggs
1/4 corn oil
1/4 cup water
1 lb feta 
2 large blanched leeks (green and white parts)
2 cups corn bread mix (or corn meal)

6 strips or more of bacon

  • Prepare bacon in the oven. Layer strips on a foil rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. Turn oven to 400F then walk away for 17 to 20 minutes (then come back and drain on paper towel lined sheet).
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Slice cleaned leeks (both white and green parts) into small pieces and blanch in boiling water for a few minutes to soften. Drain with cold water and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine 1 cup of cornbread mix with enough equal parts oil and water to make a crumbly mixture. 
  • Spread mixture in pie vessels (or one large casserole dish) covering the bottom and edges. 
  • Smash the feta and eggs together with a fork, then add leeks and bacon.
  • Arrange leek filling on top of cornbread pie dough, then powder with remaining cornbread mix, wetting the top with remaining oil and water (use more if needed).
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.

*This post and recipe is submitted on behalf of the Denny's and/or Foodbuzz BACONALIA challenge and is my official entry for a chance to win


JustinM said...

Is bacon something that is traditionally added to it? Or did you have a recipe you like and decide "I'll just add some bacon to this." (Not that there is anything wrong with that in the slightest.)

Peter M said...

Umm, Lenten bacon! There's a dish from the Vlachi called Plasto...a cornmeal crusted pita. Ask Elly all about it.

Dewi said...

Gorgeous and delicious pie. Love all combination and especially the cornbread crust. Pretty unique!

Rachel said...

Love bacon + feta, somehow the two salty ingredients make each other better :)

Helen said...

Oh this is a beautiful thing! How did you make this and not eat it? Talk about willpower. Have you considered using vegan bacon? It's obviously not the same thing as real bacon but the smoky flavour might be comparable. My late aunt from northern Greece used to make a wild greens pie with cornmeal crust called bobota. It was very good. I love leeks and feta together. Can't wait to try this!!!

Lenia said...

Hi,Anna!What an excellent pie!As a real Greek I adore pies:)Your blog is great!I invite you to visit my blog!(nostimia.blogspot.com)Keep up the good work!Kisses from Greece!

elly said...

Umm, why have I never thought of baconizing plasto? Brilliant. This looks delicious.

Banana Wonder said...

JustinM - Bacon is untraditional, just add bacon, yo (to, uhm basically everything these days).

Peter - For sure... hehe I will have some post lent. TRUST ME!

Elra - Thank you, gotta love that cornbread.

Rachel - Salt and salt plus sweet corn bread = some fun.

Helen - Thank you! I wasn't sure you'd approve of the bacon ;-)I was thinking about some vegan bacon, but I made it for a recipe contest that said strictly no vegan bacon, so I bought some fancy pork bacon from Tader Joe's. Bobota is one of the 14 names for Plasto... I think that's why this recipe hasn't made it big... no one can agree on a name?! So you are from Northern Greece?

Lenia - why hello fellow pie lover, thanks for stopping by! Fillakia apo Portland.

Elly - I don't know why, but do not wait another second!

Helen said...

Haha! Maybe they should just call it cornbread pie a la Greco! I actually LOVE bacon Anna! The smoky smell, the salty taste, the chunks of fat. It's all good. I just don't eat it. It's a health decision. I have sworn off processed meats. I used to eat a lot of vegan meat too and I stopped when I read somewhere that it contains a harmful chemical in some brands. Tofurky doesn't have that chemical though so I still eat it on occasion. My pops is from northern Greece :)

Mehjabeen Arif said...

yummy and crumbly.. love the picture..

new to ur blog and happy to follow u for more wonderful recipes..

do visit me when u get time

Mary Bergfeld said...

This sounds like something I might like to try. I hope you saved a piece to taste once your fast is over. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That pie looks so delicious. The cornbread crust look so crumby and good. It's making me hungry :)

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Good for you! Where is your mom from?

Mehjabeen Arif - Thanks for cruising by. I am digging your blog!

Mary - You betcha I saved a slice :-) Will make the prefect Easter breakfast... with 4 pieces of bacon ;-)

Katie - Makes me hungry too!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

This looks so delicious, Anna! What a creative and yummy creation. Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful blog and I'm so glad to have found it. I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! :) - Georgia

Banana Wonder said...

Georgia - I am blushing! Thanks so much for your generous compliments. I can't wait to blog-trast with ya!

Helen said...

Oops I didn't see this ongoing convo till today. In response to your question: my mom is from Athens. Apparently my maternal grandfather's ancestry came from Egypt. Rumor or truth? I'll never know. Maybe I should go on a journey to try and discover the origins of my mom's ancestry? :)

Ruth Abatzoglou said...

Your leek pie looks great. I miss your dishes Anna.

The fennel you planted in the backyard is growing great. If you have time, why don't you try cooking up a fennel dish next time you are home.

Love Mom

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Hah, no probs, glad you respond. You are my #1 commenter after all and Banana Wonder blog wouldn't be the same without you. Egypt, wow! You should totally go. I went for 2 weeks and so far it has been the best place I've ever traveled to although I didn't make it to Alexandria.

Banana Wonder said...

Mom - Hah thanks for commenting! I will definitely make something fennelicious when I am home. I can't wait (to see you, mostly!)

Kung Food Panda said...

This recipe definitely looks like a #winning recipe!

kat said...

LOL, baconizing. Anything can be a verb. ;)