Bosnia: Zeljanica - Spinach and Feta Pie
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Bosnian
Makes: 4-6 portions
  • 3 bags of spinach
  • loads of salt for draining the spinach
  • 400 g quark, ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g sour cream
  • 200g Greek yoghurt
  • 400g feta cheese, cut into small crumbles
  • a handful of grated cheese
  • 1 pack filo pastry
  • oil and water
  1. Wash the spinach, cut it and layer it, sprinkling a generous amount of salt on each layer. Leave to wilt for a good half hour.
  2. Heat the oven to 220C.
  3. Thoroughly squeeze out the spinach: you want to get rid of all the excess water (and salt!). Mix the eggs in a big bowl; add the quark/cottage cheese. sour cream, yoghurt and feta cheese, as well as the grated cheese. Mix well before adding the spinach.
  4. Oil your ovenproof dish and place a layer of the filo pastry on the bottom and sides of the dish. Brush with the water-oil mix and add another two layers, each time brushing them with the oil.
  5. Put in all the mixture and level it before adding another layer of filo pastry on top. Brush with the oil-water mix and repeat with the remaining sheets. Cut off the excess pastry and fold in the rim, then cut the top layers into pieces.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes on the bottom shelf, reducing the heat after 10 minutes to 180C.
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