Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lunch Box Chronicles: Day Three (Spinach Fitayas with Spelt Right dough)

HERE IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE RECIPES that I've posted before. It always gets two thumbs up from everyone, but they are best reheated either microwaved or toasted (my preference).

Arabic spinach pies (fatayer)
(Makes ten 5- inch triangle fatayer-perfect for meals or parties)

· 2 one-pound Spelt Right pizza doughs - let thaw in fridge and then double in size on the counter (keep in plastic bag). If you are in New England, you can find Spelt Right pizza dough in select Whole Foods or independent health food stores. If you can't find Spelt Right dough in your local store, ask them for it or substitute another dough (boo hoo!)
· 10 ounces fresh spinach (a typical bag) (rinsed, de-stemmed, and chopped finely)
· One medium onion (chopped finely)
· Juice from 2 whole lemons
· ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
· ½ teaspoon of salt
· ¼ teaspoon of pepper
· Feta or other cheese (optional)
· Pine nuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix the chopped spinach, chopped onions, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
· Cut 5 even sized dough balls for each one pound dough ball for a total of 10 dough balls. You can make 6 per ball if you like.
· Stretch or roll the dough to about a ¼ inch thick (more or less) rounds and place on oiled pan.
· Place about 2 tablespoons of spinach onion mix in the center of a five-inch round
· Fold the three sides of the dough over the spinach to form a triangle. Secure the dough by overlapping the dough when forming the triangle and pinching each side together.
· Bake in 450 - 475 oven for about 20 minutes. They are done when the dough becomes slightly golden.
· As a variation, you can add a dollop of cheese and a few pine nuts on the spinach before making the triangle
(These freeze well)

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