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There’s plenty of filling in these crunchy filo pastries, and they are substantial enough to pop into a lunchbox or take on a picnic. If you can’t find tender young spinach, you can use larger leaves, but remove the stalks before weighing.
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Thoroughly wash and drain the spinach. Pack into a large
pan, set over medium heat and stir for about 4 minutes until
the spinach wilts and softens. Tip into a colander in the sink
and leave to drain. (If using microwaveable packs, follow the
instructions and then drain.) When the spinach is cool enough
to handle, squeeze out as much water as you possibly can. Put
the spinach on a chopping board and roughly chop. Tip into
a mixing bowl.
Add the spring onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and
pepper and nutmeg to taste. Mix well, then mix in the
Parmesan and feta. Taste, and add more pepper and nutmeg
or a pinch of salt as needed. Cover and set aside.
Heat your oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Unwrap the filo
sheets, then cover them with clingfilm so they don’t dry out
while you’re working with them. Lay one sheet on the worktop
and brush lightly with melted butter. Lay another sheet on top,
making sure the edges line up, and brush with butter. Repeat
until you have a stack of 6 sheets. Use the round cutter to cut
out 10 discs from the pastry stack.
Put a rounded tablespoon of spinach filling in the middle
of each pastry disc – don’t flatten the mound. Lightly brush
the pastry edge with beaten egg. With your fingers, fold and
pinch 3 ‘sides’ of the pastry disc up around the filling to make
a ‘three-cornered hat’ triangle effect with some filling visible
in the centre. The triangles don’t have to look neat, so don’t
worry if some of the pastry starts to flake at the seams.
Set the triangles slightly apart on the lined baking sheet.
Brush the pastry lightly with the beaten egg, then sprinkle
with the sesame seeds. Bake in the heated oven for 20–25
minutes until a good golden brown and crisp. Serve warm or
at room temperature.