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Herb and Feta Pie
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste with ¼ tsp salt 1 onion, finely chopped 1 big bunch silverbeet/swiss chard (about 400g/14oz), stems and leaves separated and chopped 2 tbsp water 30g/1oz butter, melted 10 sheets filo pastry 2 eggs finely grated zest of ½ a lemon 1 cup ricotta 1 cup chopped mixed soft herbs, such as dill, parsley, mint and oregano ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt ground black pepper, to taste 100g/3½oz feta, crumbled oregano leaves, to garnish (optional)
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Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F fanbake.
Heat oil in a medium pot over a medium heat. Gently fry garlic, onion and silverbeet stems until onion is soft but not brown (about 5 minutes). Add silverbeet leaves and water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leaves have wilted and the liquid has evaporated. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool.
While filling is cooling, brush the insides of a 23cm-diameter frypan or springform tart tin with a little melted butter. Brush a filo sheet with melted butter. Line the pan with the sheet, leaving the excess to hang over the edge. Give the pan a quarter turn and then layer in another buttered filo sheet. Repeat until you have used 8 sheets of the pastry to evenly line the pan on the base and sides.
Add eggs, lemon zest, ricotta, herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the cooled silverbeet mixture and mix to combine. Pile into the pastry case and spread out evenly. Crumble feta over the top. Brush the last two sheets of filo with butter and place on top of the pie. Fold over the overhanging pastry, trimming if needed to form a tidy edge. Brush the top with butter.
Bake until golden (about 45 minutes). For extra-crispy pastry, splash a little cold water over the top of the pie in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Garnish with oregano leaves, if using, before serving.
The cooked pie will keep in the fridge, covered, for 2-3 days and can be reheated.
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