(Fatayer Bi Sabanekh)
Some consider the pine nuts in this recipe optional, but as an addition they
are visual and flavorful delight.
- 1/2 recipe Basic Savory Pie Dough (recipe follows)
- 2 pounds fresh spinach or 3 (10 ounce) packages frozen spinach
- 1 cup finely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
- 1/4 cup lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts browned in 3 tablespoons butter
and drained (optional)
- Lemon wedges
Basic Savory Pie Dough (Aajeen)
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
cup lukewarm water
- 2 cups lukewarm water or milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Combine flour and salt in large bowl. In another bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar
in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir yeast mixture into remaining
water, or milk and add to flour mixture. Mix well with wooden spoon and turn onto
floured board. Knead well for 8-10 minutes, until dough is very elastic and smooth.
Place in greased bowl and cover with dry towel. Set dough in warm spot until it
has doubled. Punch down and form into a ball. Let dough rest 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into 25 or 40 pieces. Coat hands with oil and form each piece into
a ball. Cover dough with dry towel and let rise 30 minutes. Roll balls into circles
1/4 inch thick for fatayer or fill and form into meat or spinach pies.
- Divide pie dough into 12-15 balls and roll into 4 inch circles about 1/8-1/4
- Wash, Drain and chop fresh spinach or cook frozen spinach, drain and chop. Lightly
squeeze out moisture and place in large bowl. Add onion, salt and optional pepper
to spinach. Mix well and let stand a few minutes. Stir in lemon juice and oil. Add
browned pine nuts if desired. It should taste like a good salad.
- Place a small amount of spinach mixture in center of each round of dough. Form
a triangular pie by drawing two sides of dough to the center and pinching shut a
seam from center to the corner. Then draw up the remaining flap of dough and pinch
shut the remaining seams, leaving a small opening to vent the pie in the center.
Or make vertical pleats of dough around the filling to form a round open tart. (The
former method is more traditional). Brush with olive oil.
- Bake at 375 to 400 degrees F for 15 minutes , until brown on top and bottom.
Serve warm or cool with lemon wedges.
Makes 12-15 pies, freezes well.
Posted by FootsieBear at Recipe Goldmine 8/26/2001 3:02 pm.
Source: Lebanese Mountain Cooking