Monday, March 5, 2007

Spinach Turnovers (Fatayir bi Sabaanikh)

Ingredients:
This recipe requires only the leaves of the spinach.

2lb (1kg) Lebanese Bread dough or any commercial bread dough
Olive or nut oil for baking

Filling:
2 cups finely chopped spinach leaves
½ cup finely chopped parsley
¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
½ cup finely chopped spring onions
¼ cup pine nuts, lightly fried in olive oil (optional)
1½teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon mixed spices
½ teaspoon Zaatar Mixture or thyme
¼ cup olive oil
approx ¼ cup lemon juice

Preparation:

1 Place the bread dough in a warm place and allow rising.

2 Mix all the filling ingredients together.

3 When the bread dough has risen, roll out on a floured board to ¼ in (6mm) thickness and cut into 4 in (10cm) squares.

4 Place a tablespoon of filling on each square of dough and fold to form a triangle – shaped pie. Secure edges together by folding them over and pressing firmly down with fork prongs.

5 Place the pies on a well oiled baking tray and brush each one with oil. Bake in a hot oven, 425°F (220°C) until lightly golden. Serve hot or cold.

Makes: 24 turnovers, Cooking time: 20 minutes.

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