Submitted by samesofam on September 10, 2008 - 8:41pm
Average: 3.7(3 votes)
makes one square baking dish full
YEAH! i was obsessing over spanakopita, a greek pie of spinach and feta cheese wrapped in phyllo dough, for weeks and have developed a pretty close substitute. thanks to kandace and poemmom for providing base recipes with which to work.
6 ounce spinach, chopped finely
2 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cashews
½ red bell pepper, seeded
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon water
process walnuts in food processor until it’s a powder. add dates and salt, and process until it’s smooth and sticky. divide in half, and press one half into the bottom of a square baking dish. feel free to blot crust with paper towels as walnuts make things kind of greasy but are necessary to convey the kind of taste desired in this dish.
set other half of crust aside for later. clean out food processor. this may take some time.
process cashews, bell pepper, lemon, and water until rather smooth and cheese-like. add more salt if desired.
spread as much as you like of the “cheese” into the pan on top of the crust. i used a rubber spatula, and it worked out well.
spread spinach on top of this.
somehow get last blob of crust to lie evenly on top of everything. this is tricky. i blotted then pressed the crust into a square-ish shape on a piece of parchment paper and then flipped it over on top of the pan.
dehydrate for about 12 hours or so until the crust is a nice, flaky consistency.
special note for non-dehydrator owners: buy an oven thermometer, and see how warm it is without actually being on. mine’s about a steady 100 degrees, so i just leave things to be dehydrated in the turned-off oven. it usually takes about twice as long as with a regular dehydrator, so i really dehydrated this almost a full day. but i think people with dehydrators can make this recipe faster than i can.