Afghan Bread With Spinach Recipe
- 1 loaf Afghan bread - (14 ounce) (or possibly 12-ounce pkg pita loaves)
- 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/4 lb spinach rinsed, stemmed, and cut into thin strips
- 1 c. canned fava beans rinsed, liquid removed
- 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic Salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste Zahtar to taste
- 1 ct herb-flavored soy cream cheese -
- 4 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds - (to 5)
- Preheat oven to broil.
- Open up and flatten Afghan bread loaf and slice into 2-oz sections; there will be one leftover section.
- Sprinkle with water and heat under broiler for about 30 seconds till softened.
- Remove from oven.
- Meanwhile, take rinsed spinach with water still on leaves and place in large pot.
- Add in 2 Tbsp.
- balsamic vinegar, and steam spinach over medium heat about 5 min, or possibly till wilted, taking care not to scorch.
- Remove from heat, press firmly with tongs to press out excess water and drain carefully.
- Chop spinach and separate into 6 equal-sized portions.
- Mash fava beans coarsely with extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp.
- balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, zahtar, salt and pepper.
- Divide into 6 equal-sized portions.
- Using about 2 Tbsp.
- per serving, spread bread slices with soy cream cheese.
- Then spread with mashed fava beans, covering the cream cheese well, and top with equal portions of well-liquid removed spinach - if not well-liquid removed, spinach could turn bread soggy.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.
- This recipe yields 6 servings.
- Wine Suggestions: The slight acidity of the vinegar; the nuttiness of sesame oil, sesame seeds and zahtar; and the fresh taste of spinach match well with Isabel Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
- Comments: Afghan bread and the seasoning zahtar are sold at Middle Eastern markets and some well-stocked supermarkets.
- For the bread, you may substitute pita loavesuplan to use the two-oz size, one loaf per serving.
- As an alternate to zahtar, use your favorite seasoning mix, one which has plenty of flavor.
- Dry fruits such as dates, raisins and apricots, plus warm tea, complement this simple, light meal.