Lebanese Spinach Pies Fatayar
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for coating the bowl
  • 2-4 tablespoons canola oil for pan and brushing tops of pies
  • 8 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Make the Dough
  1. In a large bowl, or in a bowl of your stand mixer, proof your yeast in the warm water. Let set for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and olive oil to the bowl. Using your hook attachment on your stand mixer or a wooden spoon in your bowl, mix the flour into the wet ingredients. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough. Knead by hand and form a tight ball.
  3. Lightly oil a bowl and place dough in there. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in warm dark place to proof.
Make the Filling
  1. While the dough is proofing make your filling. Rinse and dry spinach. Chop fine (I used a food processor) and then sprinkle spinach with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and let sit in a bowl for 10 minutes. Place spinach in a clean towel and squeeze out the excess moisture.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together spinach, onions, salt, black pepper, lemon, sumac and cumin seeds.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle two baking sheets with canola oil.
  2. Roll dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Use a 4inch round cutter to cut your rounds. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of spinach mix onto each circle.
  3. Bring three sides of the round together to form a triangle on top and pinch closed. Be sure you close firmly. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Place the pies on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the tops of the pies with canola oil to brown the tops.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked thru.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe by Amanda's Plate at http://www.amandasplate.com/lebanese-spinach-pies-fatayar/