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Spanakopittas

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Ingredients
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Spring onions 6 , chopped
  Young spinach leaves 9 Ounce, tough stems removed, rinsed
  Long-grain rice 2 Ounce, cooked (Except Basmati)
  Fresh dill 4 Tablespoon, chopped
  Fresh parsley 4 Tablespoon, chopped
  Pine kernels 4 Tablespoon
  Raisins 2 Tablespoon
  Feta cheese 2 Ounce, crumbed, drained
  Nutmeg 1
  Cayenne pepper 1 Pinch
  Filo pastry sheets 40
  Butter 9 Ounce, melted
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2) Stack up the filo sheets. Cut out 6 inch squares to get 40 such squares.
3) Set aside 8 square sheets and cut out 8 4-inch circles.
4) Cover the filo sheet shapes with a damp kitchen towel so they do not stick to each other. Set aside.

MAKING
2) In a saute pan, heat oil and cook spring onions for about 2 minutes. Add in rinsed spinach leaves and continue to cook they till turn soft.
3) Squeeze all the water out of the spinach once cool. Transfer into a large mixing bowl.
4) To the mixing bowl, add cooked rice, pine kernels, raisins and feta cheese.
5) Grate 1/4 of the nutmeg into the spinach mixture along with black pepper and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
6) Grease a 4-inch tartlet tin with butter. Arrange 1 square sheet of filo in the tin and lightly brush it over with butter. Repeat the procedure with 7 more sheets.
7) Grease three more 4-inch tartlet tins and repeat the entire above process.
8) Divide the spinach filling into four equal portions for each tin. Spread each portion evenly over the filo sheets and place a filo sheet circle over it.
9) Brush the top lightly with butter and place another filo sheet circle over it. Fold in the edges of the top layer and brush it with butter, too.
10) Place the pies on the baking tray. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the pies turn crispy, golden brown.
11) Let the pies cool down for about 5 minutes before unmoulding.

SERVING
12) Serve the Spanakopittas garnished with a sprinkling of cheese.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Greek
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pie
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Spinach
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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