fatayer bisabanikh – spinach pastry

3 cups flour
1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1 cup water
dash of salt
2-1/2 lbs. chopped spinach
3 chopped onions
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon each sumac, salt and pepper

Sift flour then mix with oil. Add the rest of the dough ingredients and mix well. Knead till dough is smooth.

Roll dough very thin and cut into 3 inch circles.

Mix the filling ingredients. Take tablespoon of filling mixture and put on each circle. Take each circle and close into the shape of three lines. Secure ends.

Dip each piece in vegetable oil and put in pan.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes till brown.

Serve as an appetizer either cold or warm.

From “One Thousand and One Delights” by Nahda Salah

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