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Kremmydopitarakia Milou (Greek Onion, Mint, and Cheese Crescents)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek
Keyword cheese, Greece, Greek, onion, pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 40 Crescents

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons strained lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 8 ounces kefalotyri cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint
  • 2 large red onions finely chopped
  • Olive oil for frying

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a large food processor fitted with a dough blade, add flour. Make a well in the center and pour in olive oil, lemon juice, water, and salt. If using a food processor, process until the dough comes together. For a large bowl, combine with a fork, then use a wooden spoon to bring the ingredients together.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Oil a large bowl and add dough. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cheese, mint, and chopped onions.
  • Once the dough has rested, divide into 5 equal pieces. Place one piece on lightly floured surface and cover the rest. Roll the dough extremely thin, about 1/16" (2 mm) thick. Add a little flour as needed to keep from sticking. Use a 4 inch circle cookie cutter or the top of a glass to cut circles in the dough. Reserve the scrapes to re-roll. Place 1 tablespoon of prepared filling in the center of each circle. Fold the circle in half over the filling, pressing to seal. Press a fork around the edges to seal further. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • In a deep pan, add about 1 inch of olive oil. Heat the oil to 360 degrees F. Place a few crescents, not overcrowding, in the hot oil. Fry each side until golden, 4-5 minutes. Remove to plate lined with a towel.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.