Skip to content
Crisp mornings and clear days are bringing the best of early Winter.
Fresh leafy greens, bountiful root vegetables and brassicas.
Crisp mornings and clear days are bringing the best of early Winter. Fresh leafy greens, bountiful root vegetables and brassicas.
Green Pockets

Green Pockets

2 cups (100 g) very thinly sliced green leaves (e.g. baby spinach leaves, silverbeet leaves, kale leaves, rocket)
⅓ cup (10 g) finely chopped soft herbs (e.g. mint, dill, parsley)
200 g cheese (e.g. ricotta, crumbled feta, grated haloumi, grated mozzarella)
⅔ cup (70 g) grated parmesan
½ tsp salt
100 ml olive oil
Lemon wedges, to serve

Spiced onion (optional)
½ small onion, very finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp ground cumin
pinch freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried herbs, such as oregano, mint or basil

Simple yoghurt dough
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 cup (250 g) Greek-style yoghurt
2½ cups (375 g) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Combine the greens and herbs in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the cheeses and salt. You can leave the mixture here and it will be yummy and family friendly, but if you want to take it up a notch, it’s worth the extra 5 minutes to make the spiced onion; simply combine the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

To make the yoghurt dough, combine the oil, vinegar and yoghurt in a bowl and mix well. Sift in the flour and bicarb soda and mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients come together to form a dough. Tip out onto a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes or until very smooth. Divide the dough into eight balls and place under a damp tea towel. Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll the dough into 15 cm (6 inch) circles.

To assemble, spread 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over half of each dough circle (or pita bread) and scatter 2–3 teaspoons of the spiced onion mixture (if using) on top. Add ½ cup of the greens and herb mixture, then fold the dough over to make a semicircle. If using homemade dough, pinch the edges to seal. If using pita, wet your hands and dampen the outside of each pocket and seal as best as you can.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, pan-fry the pockets for 2–3 minutes each side, until golden brown. You can also brush each pocket with olive oil and grill them on the barbecue. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and a salad if you can be bothered, but there’s so many greens inside you hardly need to.

Kale, parsley, feta and chilli flakes
Rocket, mint, haloumi and lemon zest or chopped preserved lemon rind
Baby spinach, basil, mozzarella and parmesan

Previous article Roasted Eggplant and Crispy Kale With Yoghurt
Next article Cauliflower, Potato and Carrot Curry