Red Cabbage-Caramelized Onion Tart with Whole Wheat Phyllo
When my 14-year-old son gobbled up a cabbage-onion tart, I know the recipe is a winner. The filling for this Greek open-faced pie is so easy to make. You can use commercial phyllo, too. To find some of the artisinal Greek products you'll need to make this, visit my online shop here, where you'll discover a host of lovingly curated Greek ingredients.
For the phyllo
- ¾ cup bread or hard wheat flour
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup Vrisi 36 extra virgin Greek olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for brushing on phyllo before filling it
- 1 tablespoon Vrisi 36 balsamic vinegar
For the Filling
- ½ cup Vrisi 36 extra virgin Greek olive oil
- 4 large red onions peeled, halved, and sliced thin
- 3 cups coarsely shredded red cabbage
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Greek honey or petimezi grape molasses
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- ¼ cup fresh chopped or snipped fresh dill
- ½ cup crumbled Greek feta
Make the phyllo
Combine the two flours and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer outfitted with a dough hook. Add the liquids. Mix at medium-high speed for 4 – 5 minutes, or until a dough ball takes shape. Reduce speed to medium and knead with the dough hook for about 3 – 5 more minutes, or until smooth. The dough shouldn’t stick. You might need to add a little of either flour as you knead if the mixture is too wet. Shape into a ball and set aside in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap, for at least an hour and up to five, to rest. Alternatively you can make the dough ahead and either refrigerate or freeze it. If you refrigerate, it will last about 3 – 5 days. In either case, bring down to room temperature before using.
Preheat the oven to 350F/170C.
Make the filling: Heat half the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan and add the onions. Season lightly with salt. Cook on low heat until the onions are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add half the wine, balsamic and petimezi to the onions about 5 minutes before removing from heat.
While the onions are cooking, work the cabbage: In a separate large, deep skillet heat the remaining olive oil and wilt the cabbage. Add the remaining wine, balsamic and petimezi and season lightly with salt. Cook until the cabbage is soft and wilted and all the liquid absorbed.
Combine the cabbage and onions in a mixing bowl. Stir in the chopped dill, raisins and crumbled feta.
Brush a 9 X 5-inch rectangular or 10-inch round tart pan with a little olive oil. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the shape of the tart pan. Place the dough inside the oiled pan leaving at least an inch overhanging, to be rolled up into a decorative rim.
Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil. Spread the filling evenly over the surface of the tart pan. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes, or until the phyllo pastry is crisp, golden and completely baked. Remove, cool slightly and serve.
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You can use commercial phyllo for this pie, too. Use six sheets, placing them one at a time on the bottom of the tart pan and brushing each with olive oil. Spread the filling over. trim the excess phyllo hanging over the rim, and roll inwards decoratively.