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Recipe for Traditional Greek Spinach and Feta Cheese Pie

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 2 lbs. fresh spinach leaves

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

2 cups finely chopped green onions

1 1/2 tsp. fine unrefined sea salt

1/4 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil

3 cups chopped onion

1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

1/2 lb. feta cheese, crumbled (traditionally made from sheeps milk, feta cheese from goat milk is also good)

14 filo leaves (usually sold frozen, thaw thoroughly!)

3/4 cup clarified butter (ghee), melted.

1) Wash and clean the spinach. Discard the stems. Drain & cut the leaves into shreds.

2) Combine the spinach, parsley, dill, green onions and grey sea salt in a bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes, then press out all of the liquid.

3) Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and saute the 3 cups of chopped onions until soft and transparent. Add the spinach mixture from step 2 and saute for a few more minutes. Add the feta cheese and black pepper.

4) Place each of 7 filo leaves in a buttered 10" x 17" x 2" baking pan, bruhing each leaf with melted clarified butter. Add the spinach mixture from step 3, spread into a thick layer then add remaining filo leaves, again brushing each leaf with melted clarified butter. Cut into 3"x 3" pieces with a sharp knife.

5) Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 



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