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Spiced Spinach & Feta Puff Pastry Fatayer

These Middle Eastern style, light and fluffy filled pastries work well as part of a mezze or as party food

I used shop bought puff pastry in this recipe, but you could also make them using filo


250g spinach

3 spring onions - finely sliced

100g feta cheese

2 teaspoons baharat spice mix

1 tablespoon pine nuts

300g puff pastry

A little milk or beaten egg

Sesame seeds

Wilt the spinach. If using bagged, washed spinach, simply open the top of the bag and microwave for 2½ minutes. Else wash the spinach and place in a saucepan with the water clinging to the leaves, pop a lid on and heat gently until the spinach has wilted

Drain as much water from the spinach as you can, then roughly chop and put it in a mixing bowl

Heat a small frying pan, then add the pine nuts and toast until starting to brown. Remove from the heat and add to the spinach along with the spring onions, crunbled feta and spice mix. Mix well with a fork, mashing the feta into the mix

Heat the oven to 200oC

Roll out the puff pastry to about ½cm thick, then cut into approx 8cm rounds using a cookie cutter or a glass. Take 1-2 teaspoons of the spinach and feta mix and place that off centre on the pastry disc, then fold the pastry over into a semicircular “pasty” shape. Place on a lined baking sheet and brush with a little milk or beaten egg, then sprinkle a few sesame seeds (black or white, or both) over the top. Repeat, using the off cuts of pastry to make more discs, until all the pastry or all the filling has gone

Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until puffed up and golden. Serve warm with hummus or yogurt