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Herbed Feta and Cheddar Hand Pies

Herbed Feta and Cheddar Hand Pies

Elaine Khosrova
The small hand pie can be filled with all kinds of sweet and savory fillings. Kale takes the lead in this one, fortified by the zing of feta and richness of cheddar. Use your own double-crust pie pastry recipe, or take a short cut and use store-bought rounds sold in the refrigerated section.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked chopped kale well drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • ½ cup soft-style feta such as Valbreso, crumbled
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 piecrust rounds 12-inch
  • Black sesame seeds optional


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and pepper; cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kale, oregano, and salt. Cook 5 minutes.
  • Transfer kale mixture to large bowl, and set aside to cool to room temperature. Add cheddar, feta, parsley, and dill, mixing until well combined. In a small bowl, beat together the egg with the milk to create an egg wash.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Lay flat one piecrust on work surface, and cut it crosswise and lengthwise into four equal wedges. Brush the edges of each wedge lightly with the egg wash.
  • Spread about ¼ cup of kale mixture on half of each pastry wedge; fold over the other half to enclose the filling, bringing the pastry edges to meet each other. Press edges to seal; with the tines of a fork, crimp all around the edge of each hand pie. Brush tops lightly with egg wash, and sprinkle, if desired, with black sesame seeds. Repeat with remaining piecrust and filling.
  • On large, parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange hand pies, at least an inch apart. Make a small slit in the top of each pie to vent, and bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden on top and bottoms are firm and browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before eating.

Elaine Khosrova

Elaine Khorova is the original Editor-in-Chief of culture magazine and the current recipe writer extraordinaire. She resides in the Hudson Valley of New York where she is working on a book about the history of butter.

Photographer Mark Ferri

Mark Ferri is a graduate of Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. He believes in a simple, direct approach that captures the natural beauty and appetite appeal of food. Mark celebrates a life-long passion for food by frequently exploring new restaurants in New York and in Europe, and loves to cook and entertain at his home in the Hudson Valley. Learn more about Mark on his website: http://www.markferriphoto.com/

Stylist Leslie Orlandini

Leslie Orlandini is a chef and an accomplished food stylist in print and television. She has been nominated for both James Beard and Emmy awards and is a veteran of thousands of cooking shows and segments. You can learn more about her through her website: http://leslieorlandini.com/