This post is about what i was supposed to make yesterday, Albanian Spinach Pie.
Now Albania is located in South-Western Europe, with the Mediterranean on its Western border, Serbia to the North, Macedonia to the East, and Greece to the South. For obvious reasons, Albanian cuisine is influenced by Greek, Italian, and Turkish cuisines. There are many dishes with Lamb or Veal, not to mention many dishes contain nuts or yogurt.
I took it upon myself to make a popular dish, Spinach Pie.
Byrek Me Spinaq [Spinach Pie] :
-1 c. olive oil
- 3/4 lb. Filo Dough, about 30 sheets
-1 1/2 lb. spianch leaves, chopped [raw, not frozen]
-6-8 oz. crumbled feta, or 1 c. diced
-5 green onions [scallions], chopped, about 1/2 c.
-2 eggs, beaten
-1/2 tsp salt
preheat the hotbox to 350 degrees F.
Get a medium sized round casserole dish, or pie dish; brush with a little of the oil. Layer the sheets of Filo two at a time, then sprinkle with a little of the oil. Repeat until half of the Filo is used. Mix the Spinach and salt together in a medium bowl. Add in the Feta, onions, and eggs. Cover with the remaining Filo using the same technique as before. Dizzle a samll amount of oil over the top. Bake for 30-45 mins, or until golden brown.
The edges of mine got Burnt >.< , but it was still delicious. There is something about Spinach Pie that kind of warms your heart. Its a humble dish, but it still knows its good. This Albanian dish is a close relative to the Greek dish called Spanakopita, which is also super yummy...