Ganzeh Galus Guide: Jewish Revival in the Deep Diaspora
The Arabic word for "leek" sounds like the Hebrew כרת karet (to make a covenant, or to cut off), so this pie is suitable for celebrating a bris or a marriage -- or for serving to a rebellious son, who may be cut off but will be left with a delicious taste of the tradition (leeks are חציר chatzir, not חזיר chazir (pig)).
This works as a pie, pastry, blintz or boreka, but the crust is unnecessary -- it can be served as a casserole on its own.
For Passover, omit the crust and, if you like, add a little garlic, as it is written: "We remember the fish which we ate in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic." (Numbers 11:15)
Spinach Pie: Substitute spinach for leeks. Saute the onions first. Meanwhile, wash one pound of spinach and cook it in a covered pot until it wilts. When the spinach has shrunk down to a little lump, saute it with the onions, and, perhaps one clove of garlic. Follow the rest of the recipe, but use nutmeg instead of cardamom, add some black pepper, and if you feel the need for the fresh herbs, use dill.
Eggplant Pie: Grill eggplant until blackened. Scrape out insides, press to remove liquid, and mash. Mix in sauteed (or raw) onions, cheese stuff (use about half as much cheese for this one, or just omit the white cheese and omit the herbs and spices), add some black pepper, and bake as directed.
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