Following up on my Community Supported Agriculture Delivery (CSA) from yesterday, today Teuta and I used the ingredients to create a magical dish. The plan is that she will share her own creative recipes with me, using the produce from my CSA and gardens. Today was the first lesson: Spinach Pie.
Rule #1 (and the only rule actually): Cook with Love (then add a bit of wine, music and candlelight as you are cooking).
Here is what we did:
Leek, Onion and Spinach Pie
Prepare the leeks, beet tops and green onions (from my local CSA). (With leeks, do not use entire green part but cut down to about a long spoon length.)
Prepare the spinach.
Put all ingredients in a pot and for a few minutes slowly cook with some Irish butter and olive oil
Add some salt
Add some sour cream or yogurt
Add feta cheese as desired
Mix 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup butter together to get ready for the pastry layer dough stage
Layer about half of the philo dough sheets, brushing butter/oil mixture on each sheet in between the layers.
Put the leek and spinach mixture on top of the last sheet. Then layer the other half of the dough sheets, again brushing butter/oil mixture on each sheet in between the layers.
On the top, put some oil/butter on with a brush.
Then brush one egg yolk on top.
Decorate with sesame seeds, if you have them and like them.
380 degrees for about 30-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Test with a knife to see if it comes out clean. If so, you are done.
Sprinkle a bit of cold water on top and then cover with a clean dry cloth.
Wait 15 minutes. Then cut it and poof! Ready to eat. Amazingly wonderful!