No, I haven't snuck off to Armenia while you weren't looking (though it's on my list). However, for a couple of days we've had a lovely Armenian-American girl visiting, and I asked her if there was any Armenian cookery she could teach me while she was here.
This is what we made - and they were very tasty. It's similar to the Greek dish spanakopita, which I've always enjoyed.
I'm sure someone more dedicated than me would learn to make the filo pastry, but since it's so easy to buy frozen and ready-rolled, I'm afraid I took the lazy option.
Armenian Spinach Puffs
1/2 a small onion
250g frozen spinach
75g feta cheese
18 frozen filo pastry sheets (each 25cm square)
salt to taste
- Defrost the spinach and pastry sheets, dice the onion into small pieces, and crumble the feta cheese.
- Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and sautee the onion, then add the spinach and cook over a low heat.
- Break both eggs into the pan, and stir through the spinach mixture. Cook for a further five minutes before removing from the heat.
- Drain any excess liquid from the spinach mixture, and add the feta.
- Melt the butter (a few seconds in the microwave should be enough).
- Take one square of filo pastry, and brush the middle third with butter. Fold the pastry sheet into thirds (so you have a long rectangle of triple-thickness pastry).
- Place a generous teaspoon-full of the spinach filling at one end of the pastry.
- Fold a corner of the pastry to form a triangle enclosing the filling. Continue to fold, until you have a triangular parcel.
- Seal the end of the parcel with a little butter, and brush more butter onto both sides of the parcel.
- Repeat steps 6-9 for the remaining filo sheets, until you have 18 triangles.
- Arrange the triangles on a baking sheet (greased, or lined with a non-stick liner) and bake at 160°C for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.