Sunday, September 5, 2010

Praise The Sky For Spinach Pie

I rolled of my Papa's futon this morning, futons are stuffed with hate, and i felt the urge not to move for quite some time. Eventually i got up and got ready to go out for a nice bike ride with my daddy. The weather has been amazing recently, like the dragons of summers heat is flying away making room for autumn coming in the next month or so. Before I went on the ride i had myself a glass of chia seeds, lemon juice, sugar, and water. It takes like slimy lemonade, but in a good way, and it's pack full of omega-3's and omega-6's, not to mention gives you quite the energy boost. Chia seeds are amazing fuel. It was a beautiful 22 mile ride, This one part we were going down this winding road and all i could focus on was the gorgeous trees with sun permeating through the gaps and the forest surrounding the street. I happen to love nature quite a bit. That's for another post though.

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...

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