I bought fresh spinach and feta cheese at Sam’s Club in Middletown. The plan was to make Spinakopita, one of my son’s favorites — I was going to make it with pie dough. I have a clue what dealing with filo is like — so it was “spinakopita” — I know it’s not, but who cares as long as my son eats it?
Then the spinach scare. Ok, so I throw out the spinach. Even though it was “organic” and probably didn’t go near any other spinach — with so many people in the hospital and someone dead, it’s not worth spinakopita-ish to make everyone in my family sick.
So then what? I have a pound of feta and no place to go. So I bought a LOT of fresh broccoli. About 4 florettes. I steamed it. I thawed 2 pie crusts.
I cut up about 3 cloves garlic fine.
I didn’t have a yellow onion so I used about 1/8 of a hefty red onion. — about 3-4 tbs when chopped fine.
I fried up the garlic & onion in olive oil, tossed some crumbled up feta in briefly — probably a good 1/2-3/4 cup. Only for about a minute or less — I removed it from the heat when the cheese started melting a little — just enough to make some creamy oil in the pan, but not to make a gooey mess.
I burned a finger from the steamer — that is definitely a prerequisite!
Then I used tongs to hold pieces of broccoli on the cutting board (they’re HOT!) and chop them up with my handy veggie cleaver — cutting up the florets and stems into tiny chunks and a bunch of bittie flowers. I tossed this in with the stuff from the pan in a bowl, mixed it up and made some very sloppy loaves with quarters from the pie crust — I cut the crust dough into quarters, then rolled it out thinner with a rolling pin. You may want to cut them, ball them up, re-roll them and make loaves like empanadas. I was short on time. If you seal them well, take a sharp knife and put slits in the top.
Now I am waiting for them to cook so I can eat them. I’m trying cooking them at 375 even though pie recipes cook hotter.
Mmmmm — I waited until they were crisp but barely brown, and they’re YUMMY! They also passed the son test.
[tags]recipe, spinach, broccoli, garlic, onions, pastry[/tags]