Kathy Tsaples’ Kotopita (Chicken Pie) is a much-loved family recipe from Thessalia. Kathy’s mother would make this pita for New Year’s Day and as tradition goes, would hide a coin in it. Whoever was lucky enough to find the coin in their slice of the pita, would then have good fortune for the remainder of the year.
Although this is a savoury pita, Kathy’s mum would sprinkle the pita with a little sugar when it came out of the oven and say to her family, <<Να γλυκάνουμε τον καινούργιο χρόνο>> – “to sweeten the New Year!’ So even if you weren’t lucky enough to find the coin, you still believed a sweet year was ahead of you!
So make this pita and you too can beckon a little sweetness into your year!
This recipe is found in Kathy’s first cookbook – Sweet Greek Simple Food & Sumptuous Feasts – a book that grace’s the cookbook shelves of many of our homes and is referenced often by all of us!
Thank you Kathy @sweetgreekshop for allowing me to share your special recipe and story!
Kathy Tsaples' Kotopita
A traditional New Year's Day chicken pie sprinkled with sugar for a sweet start to the new year!
- 5 chicken marylands
- 6 spring onions, finely sliced
- 3 onions, finely diced
- 1⁄2 cup course semolina
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup kefalotiri, finely grated
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup EVOO
- a pinch of allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1⁄2 tsp white pepper
- You will also need a 40cm round baking dish