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  1. 1 kg Spinach

  2. 1 md Onion; chopped

  3. 1/2 c Olive oil

  4. 1 c Chopped spring onions

  5. 1/2 c Chopped parsley

  6. 2 ts Chopped dill or fennel

  7. 1/4 ts Ground nutmeg

  8. 1/2 c Mizithra or cottage cheese

  9. 1 c Well-crumbled feta cheese

  10. 1/4 c Finely grated kefalotiri *

  11. 4 Eggs; lightly beaten Salt Freshly ground black pepper

  12. 10 Fillo pastry sheets Butter; melted

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  1. Note: if Kefalotyri cheese is unavailable, Parmesan may be substituted. Serves: 8 as a first course, 4 as a light meal Oven temperature: 180 C (350 F) Cooking time: 1 hour Wash spinach well and cut off any coarse stems. Chop coarsely and put into a pan. Cover and place over heat for 7-8 minutes shaking pan now and then or turning spinach so that juices can run out freely. Drain well in colander, pressing occasionally with a spoon. Gently fry onion in oil for 10 minutes, add spring onion and fry for further 5 minutes. Place drained spinach with onion-oil mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add herbs, nutmeg, cheeses and eggs and stir to combine. Check saltiness of mixture, then add salt and pepper to taste. Brush a 25 x 30 cm (10 x 12 inch) baking dish with butter and line with a sheet of fillo pastry. Top with another 4 sheets, brushing each with butter. Spread filling in pastry-lined dish and top with remaining fillo, brushing each sheet again with butter. Trim edges if necessary and tuck pastry in on all sides. Brush top lightly with butter and score top layer of pastry lightly into squares using a sharp knife or razor blade. Sprinkle a little cold water on top to prevent pastry curling up. Bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and leave for 5 minutes before cutting into portions for serving. Source: ‘The Complete Middle East Cookbook’ by Tess Mallos. ISBN: 1 86302 069 1 Typed for you by Karen Mintzias —– Archive January 2010 December 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008


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