RECIPE TITLE "Lamb and Feta Turnovers Recipe"
Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Taverna,
courtesy of Cooking.com
Makes 16 pieces --- easy
One of Greece's best-known dishes, this pie can also be served as a side dish or in larger portions as a main dish. Tablespoons of the same mixture can be used to fill tiropetes, little triangles folded from 3-inch (7.5-cm) strips cut lengthwise from filo sheets and brushed with clarified butter; they bake in 10-15 minutes.
1 1/2 lb spinach
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
3/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup cottage cheese, if needed
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
18 sheets filo dough, thawed in the refrigerator if frozen
1/2 cup clarified unsalted butter, melted
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Remove the stems from the spinach, chop the leaves coarsely and rinse well in several changes of water. Drain and set aside.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the green onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the spinach to the same pan and place over high heat. Cook, turning the spinach with tongs or a fork, until wilted, about 4 minutes. (The leaves will wilt in their own moisture.) Transfer to a sieve and drain well, pressing out the excess moisture with the back of a spoon.
Chop the spinach coarsely. Add it to the green onions, then stir in the parsley, dill and feta cheese. If the feta is salty, add the cottage cheese to mellow the overall flavor. Add the eggs and nutmeg and stir well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Butter an 11-by-16-by-2 1/2-inch baking dish. Remove the filo sheets from their package, lay them flat on a work surface and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Lay a filo sheet in the prepared dish and brush it lightly with the butter. Top with 8 more filo sheets, brushing each one with butter. Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the filo layers. Then top with the remaining 9 filo sheets, again brushing each sheet lightly with the butter, including the top sheet. Cover and refrigerate the pie for 30 minutes so the butter will set.
Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a sharp knife, cut the pie into 16 equal pieces. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Recut the pieces and serve hot.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
| Nutrition Facts
Makes 16 pieces
Facts per Serving
Calories: 232 Fat: 16g Carbohydrates: 15g
Cholesterol: 75mg Sodium: 446mg Protein: 9g
Fiber: 2g % Cal. from Fat: 62% % Cal. from Carbs: 26%
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