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Fatayer is the name used around the Levant and Arab countries that describes stuffed pastries. The fillings used are so many: spinach, meat, cheese, sausage, za’atar (a thyme mixture), or anything else you want. Spinach one is totally vegetarian, the stuffing is a mixture of spinach, onion, lemon, summac, olive oil and some spices. It’s a great way to add some spinach to your diet and to your kids’. This is how we make it back home.
Prepare batch of Arabic dough (check Sfiha dough). Leave covered in warm place till it doubles in size.
Meanwhile, start preparing the filling by placing spinach in big bowl. Add little salt to it, and squeeze all liquid out using your hand. Make sure you squeeze out all liquids. The salt helps in achieving this.
Do the same with the onion (don’t put spring onion here), but place onion in a sieve and add a little salt. Let it sit for a while then press it with the back of a spoon or the palm of your hand, and all the liquids come out. It is very important that there are no liquids in the onion and spinach, or else, all their liquids will come out while baking.
Add the onion to the spinach. Add lemon juice, olive oil, spring onions, chilli peppe, cumin&corianderr and mix well.
Add summac, paprika salt and pepper. Adjust all seasonings, lemon juice& olive oil to taste. Now the filling is ready.
When the dough is ready, cut it into small round balls. In a plate, put some olive oil, place a ball of dough and press to flatten into a circle.
Place about 1-1 1/2 tablespoon of spinach filling in centre of the circle in a shape of a triangle. Fold the three sides of the circle overlapping in the centre to form a triangle.
Place the pastries, overlapping-side down, in a greased baking tray, 1/2 inch apart. Leave 10minutes to rest before baking.
Bake the triangle spinach fatayer in a 495F (240C) preheated oven, on top wrack (NOT the middle one like for cake baking), for about 10-15 minutes, or till bottom and top are golden.
Serve with yogurt and pickles.Makes about 36pcs, depends on the size you making.
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