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St. Basil the Great, January 2nd
January 6, 2012

by Haley

St. Basil the Great was a 4th century monk who became bishop of Caesarea. He is a Doctor of the Church, wrote extensively on the Holy Spirit and established rules for monasticism that greatly influenced the Rule of St. Benedict.

To celebrate St. Basil’s Day, we made Lakror, an Albanian meat pie traditional for St. Basil’s Day, with a simple salad of baby greens from our garden.

Lakror (modified from Cooking with the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf)


1 onion

1 lb ground beef

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp salt

fresh oregano and parsley, chopped

freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup cooked rice (you can cook extra to go on the side)

6 eggs

1 lb phyllo dough

1/2 cup butter

Saute onion and garlic in oil, butter, or, if you love bacon like we do…bacon grease. Yum. Add meat, salt, oregano, and pepper. Cook until meat is browned then drain the fat.

Combine parsley, rice, and eggs and add to meat/onion mixture.

Grease a 9/12 pan. Line bottom of pan with one layer of phyllo dough. Brush with butter and then add another layer. Repeat until you have 10 layers of phyllo and butter.

Add meat filling to pan and spread evenly. Cover with 10 more layers of phyllo and butter.

Score the top layers of phyllo with a knife before cooking. This will make it easier to cut after it cooks.

Bake at 375 until golden brown (it took 35 minutes for ours).

Serve with simple salad, rice, and a bottle of Malbec.